Policy & Privacy Statement
The Virginia Board of Local and Regional Jails provides hyperlinks to websites that are not controlled, maintained, or regulated by the Board of Local and Regional Jails or any organization affiliated with the Board of Local and Regional Jails. Therefore, the Board of Local and Regional Jails is not responsible for the content of those websites. Any references on those websites to any specific commercial product, process, or service do not mean endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the Board of Local and Regional Jails.
Hyperlinks to external websites contain information created and maintained by organizations other than the Board of Local and Regional Jails. The Board of Local and Regional Jails may link to an external site if the link will be consistent with assisting or furthering the purpose of this website. Hyperlinks also may be created by the Board of Local and Regional Jails for informational purposes where the linked external website will provide useful and valuable information or where the linked external website is required or authorized by law. Hyperlinks to external websites and pages may be removed or replaced by the Board of Local and Regional Jails at any time without notice. If you discover a problem with or have concerns regarding the format, accuracy, timeliness or completeness of a linked external website, please contact the organization responsible for the linked external website. If a hypertext link on the Board of Local and Regional Jails website is not working, please notify our staff using the contact information provided in the Contact Us section.
The Board of Local and Regional Jails does not capture personal information about users without their permission and it collects only the minimum amount of information needed. The Board of Local and Regional Jails may be required to collect personal information, such as a user's name and address, because of legal requirements or to provide customer services. In doing so, we are subject to the requirements for administering information systems as established in the Government Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act, Chapter 38 of Title 2.2 of the Code of Virginia.
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
Rights & Responsibilities
It is the policy of the Board of Local and Regional Jails to make public records available according to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), § 2.2-3700 et seq. of the Code of Virginia. The Virginia Freedom of Information Act guarantees citizens of the Commonwealth and representatives of the media access to public records held by public bodies, public officials, and public employees.
A public record is any writing or recording that is prepared or owned by, or in the possession of a public body or its officers, employees, or agents in the transaction of public business. All public records are presumed to be open and may only be withheld if a specific, statutory exemption applies.
As set forth in § 2.2-3700 of the Code of Virginia, the purpose of FOIA is to promote an increased awareness by all persons of governmental activities. In furthering this policy, FOIA requires that the law be interpreted liberally, in favor of access, and that any exemption allowing public records to be withheld must be interpreted narrowly. Your FOIA Rights:
- You have the right to request to inspect or receive copies of public records, or both.
- You have the right to request that any charges for the requested records be estimated in advance.
- If you believe that your FOIA rights have been violated, you may file a petition in district or circuit court to compel compliance with FOIA.