Charleston Correctional Center

Jeff A. Stinnett, Warden

1356 Hansford St.
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: (304) 340-6921
Fax: (304) 558-1537

Location

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Charleston Correctional Center is to provide a safe, secure and humane correctional facility for the public, staff and inmate population. The goal of Charleston Correctional Center is to provide inmates with the opportunity to re-enter society with the skills necessary to lead a law abiding, productive life and to be better prepared to transition back into the community without sacrificing the safety of the community.

Leadership Biography

Jeff Stinnett, Warden - Mr. Stinnett was appointed Warden of the facility on April 1, 2015. He began his career with the WV Division of Corrections as a Correctional Officer in 1993 at the former Charleston Work Release Center. He has served as a Correctional Counselor, Unit Manager, the Institutional Training Coordinator, and as the Administrator. In addition to his corrections experience, Mr. Stinnett is a West Virginia State University graduate, U.S. Air Force Veteran, and retired from the WV Air National Guard.

Personnel

  • Warden - Jeff Stinnett
  • Deputy Warden - Pam Baldwin
  • Chief of Security - Lt. Erik Thomas

History

The facility was opened on May 1, 2015 to replace the aging Charleston Work Release Center which had been in operation in Charleston since 1972. The facility now has a larger physical plant and dual mission. The facility operates a 96 bed co-educational work release unit and a 32 bed female Residential Substance Abuse Unit (RSAT) to address substance abuse issues. Inmates assigned to the facility’s work release unit are employed at jobs in the community. Their wages are used to pay rent to the facility which helps cover their incarceration costs, pay state, local, and federal taxes, and pay any court costs, restitution or child support they may owe. They also save their money for their eventual release back into the community to cover costs to obtain housing, transportation, etc. in the hopes this will increase their chances of success. Inmates assigned to the work release unit must be within eighteen months to eventual release, low risk, and be fit for employment. Inmates in the work release unit also are required to perform a minimum of 80 hours of community service in the local communities. Inmates perform trash pick-up, brush removal, work in homeless shelters, parks, and have also assisted in major disasters such as floods and power outages.

Residents in the RSAT Unit are subject to the same eligibility criteria with the exception that they are within twenty-four months of release but are not permitted to leave the facility. Their primary function is to attend classes and receive training to address their substance abuse issues. They also take parenting, financial management, and job interviewing skills classes. Once they have completed their substance abuse classes and are within eighteen months of release, they are assessed for the work release unit.

Based on their behavior and history, work release inmates also earn two-hour passes and overnight furloughs to re-establish contact with immediate family members. Inmates out in the community are monitored by the center’s staff through random telephone calls, employment evaluations, visual employment checks, furlough visits, and random drug and alcohol testing.

Visitation

  • Visiting hours are from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekends only. All visitors must be on an approved visitor list and have two forms of positive identification, one of which must contain a photograph. Acceptable forms of identification are:
    • Valid driver’s license
    • State issued identification
    • Birth certificate
  • Visitors are required to wear appropriate attire before admittance to the facility. No revealing clothing is permitted in the facility. If clothing is determined to be unsuitable for wear into the facility, entrance may be denied.
  • Minor children do not require identification but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, or member of their immediate family at all times. Adult members of the immediate family must present a notarized statement from the parent or legal guardian verifying that they have permission for the minor child to be in that adult’s company in the facility for the purpose of visiting the inmate.
  • All visitors are subject to search of person and property. Refusal to consent to search may result in denial of entry to facility.
  • Any articles of clothing, food, etc. must be turned in to the Correctional Officer in charge upon entry to the facility. No home-made food is allowed. Only food purchased from a store, restaurant, delicatessen, or fast food establishment is permitted. Cash, checks, gift cards, pre-paid debit cards, money orders or any other type of financial instrument will not be accepted for inmate or for placement on inmate account.
  • Visitors suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be denied entry.