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STEP-UP Staff provides pre-release training to inmates in local jails and Virginia Correctional Facilities. Subjects taught include finding employers, interviewing, how to keep a job, WOTC, Bonding, available resources, basic budgeting, reintegrating with family and community, and much more. After release, program participants are assisted in finding jobs, developing careers, getting into school, and finding resources such as housing, food, clothing, transportation, and other needs.
We are so happy to have Karlena from Old Dominion University with us at STEP-UP for her summer internship!
From behind bars to lifting bars: Newport News man shares story of substance abuse, recovery.
The weights he lifts now are light in comparison to the weight he lifted to get to this point in life.
She achieved remarkable political breakthroughs as a woman, becoming San Francisco’s first female mayor and the first woman elected to the Senate from California.
It’s the end of an era. This week is Sheriff Ken Stolle’s last week as sheriff of Virginia Beach! He retires Friday and will turn over the helm to Chief Deputy Rocky Holcomb. Here’s a look back at his top 10 accomplishments from the last 13 1/2 years:
1. Safely operated the largest city jail in Virginia.
2. Created a Reentry Program to provide inmates with the tools to improve their lives after they’ve completed their sentence.
3. Developed, funded and implemented an innovative new mental health program, resulting in a 98% success rate and efforts to expand the program statewide.
4. Expanded our footprint in the community, supporting important causes such as Special Olympics Virginia and appointing the office’s first liaison to the le***an, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
5. Achieved pay parity with the Virginia Beach Police Department and improved deputy training and equipment. Improved our relationship with the VBPD and provided manpower support for major events and holidays.
6. Ran a transparent, accountable office, working closely with the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission and equipping our deputies with body-worn cameras.
7. Brought the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office into the 21st Century by upgrading the jail’s Master Control and video visitation system, implementing real-time inmate tracking, installing an inmate body scanner to detect contraband and more.
8. Reduced the burden to taxpayers of operating the jail by generating over $4 million a year through Inmate Workforce landscaping contracts and Canteen and CareMart sales.
9. Created an Alternative Sentencing Program to provide creative options for nonviolent offenders to serve their debt to society, including the Weekender and Electronic Home Incarceration programs.
10. Recruited and retained a diverse workforce, becoming Virginia Values Veterans (V3) certified and promoting the first two female chief deputies and first Filipino captain in Virginia Beach history.
Thank you, Sheriff Stolle! You will be missed, but your legacy will live on for generations to come.
Senior Fest is BACK!!!!
For the first time in three years, the Norfolk Sheriff's Office is hosting the Sheriff Joe Baron Foundation Senior Fest seminar at Chartway Arena. Are you a Norfolk resident age 55 or older? If so, this event is for you. Senior Fest will feature a vendor fair, complimentary lunch, live entertainment, door prizes, and more!
Senior Fest is free, but registration is limited, so don't delay, register today!
Register online at https://www.norfolk-sheriff.com/community/senior-fest-2023
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Some inmates at the Virginia Beach Correctional Center are learning the recipe for success. About 40 inmates help cook meals for their peers in the kitchen each day, an…
The Virginia Beach Police Department has noticed a disturbing trend of overdose deaths recently. This weekend alone, there were three overdose deaths involving crack co***ne, which is abnormal. It is highly likely that the co***ne was laced with something stronger. We’re bringing this alarming possibility to our community’s attention to help prevent further deaths.
- Of the 33 reported overdoses in Virginia Beach in August 2023, eight have resulted in death
- 24 of the reported overdoses in Virginia Beach in August 2023 have occurred since August 16th
The is committed to working with our community partners to raise awareness about the dangers of drug misuse, combat the overdose crisis, and save lives.
Most prisoners get their college tuition paid for by the federal Pell Grant program, which gives 30,000 more students behind bars some $130M in financial aid
POLL WORKERS NEEDED! The Virginia Beach Voter Registration & Elections Office is recruiting poll workers for the November 2023 General Election. Compensation for attending training and working Election Day is $265.00. More information, requirements, and instructions on how to apply can be found online at VirginiaBeach.gov/election-official, or by calling (757) 385-8683. Visit https://www.vbgov.com/news/pages/selected.aspx?release=6346&title=officers+of+election+(poll+workers)+needed+in+virginia+beach+for+the+nov.+7%2c+2023%2c+general+election+ to learn more.
July 25, 2023
Despite a sleepless night in their car, Vickie and Vanessa Pratt wore bright smiles along with their perfectly manicured nails at 6:30 a.m. The 64-year-old identical twins arrived at 11 p.m. Friday…
Bilal Muhammed, a well-known community organizer in Norfolk, told 13News Now that he was on the phone with his youngest son, Ali Muhammed, as he was shot and killed.
Shining Light Homes helps single mothers seeking shelter and financial stability in Hampton Roads. The Founder started it in 2012 after her own life journey.
A law in 2020 expanded the state’s earned sentence credit program and allowed someone imprisoned for both nonviolent and violent offenses to benefit. However, a policy reversal last summer blocked those with any violent convictions from participating.
The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office sends our heartfelt condolences to the families, friends, co-workers, first responders, and the entire Chesapeake community following the tragedy that occurred last night.
Sheriff Joe Baron shared the following remarks "It is heartbreaking to wake up to yet another shooting, this time affecting our neighboring city of Chesapeake. So many friends in Chesapeake! Sending prayers to the families, victims, law enforcement who responded, and Fire and Rescue."
To everyone affected by this tragedy, we pray for peace in the difficult days ahead.
Our offices will be closed today November 23 at noon, Thanksgiving Day and Friday. Resume our regular business hours Monday through Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm November 27th. Wishing you a peaceful and happy Thanksgiving.
Honoring all those who served and gave their lives for our freedom.
The holidays, especially Christmas and New Year’s Eve and the days and nights leading up to it, can be extremely difficult to maneuver for someone in recovery. This virtual presentation will equip you, with the tools on how to discuss sometimes-sensitive topics with your patients/clients.
Your Vote Matters!
Affordable housing advocates are sounding the alarm about a growing problem in Hampton Roads. ForKids says a record number of people are calling for help.
An older article, but the advice still holds true!
Ex-offenders face enormous obstacles before ever reaching the job interview stage. The Doe Fund helps many confront it once they do.
The president will also urge governors to follow his lead for people convicted on state charges of possession, officials say.
The free clinic will be held Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. until noon at Kingdom Cathedral, located at 3820 Stoneshore Road.
Appointments are encouraged for the COVID-19 vaccine, but flu vaccinations will be administered as walk-ins only.
All vaccines will be available at the clinic, including boosters.
It will be held Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. until noon at Kingdom Cathedral, located at 3820 Stoneshore Road.
The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore expected to distribute about 500 boxes with 35 pounds of food each.
A new program, called Brave Behind Bars, brings computer science education to the D.C. jail.
This is the updated Moderna version, and it helps increase protection against most strains of the virus, including the widely-spread Omicron variant.
STEPUP Offices will be closed on Monday, September 5th. Have a great and safe holiday!
Monday's Motivation to Change.
The ACLU of Virginia says the Department of Corrections incorrectly blocked an inmate's early release after a last-minute state budget change.
The Department of Corrections says since the changed law went into effect last month, more than 2600 inmates have been put in the pipeline to be released early.
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