THE RELEASE REQUEST PROCESS
Virginia Correctional Enterprises (VCE) is a self-supporting agency entirely funded with the revenue derived from the sale of goods and services to state agencies and other entities within government. There are no tax dollars supporting the program.
VCE provides more than 1,300 offenders, working in different plants throughout the Commonwealth, jobs and work skills to help them successfully re-enter society.
VCE provides the following direct benefits through our “Offender Job Program”
- Virginia’s tax dollars are used to dual advantage in the purchase of quality products and services that fund a Job Program.
- A Job Program that provides offenders marketable job skills.
- A manufacturing and production operation that is self-funded.
- Wages earned by offenders help pay for court imposed fines, costs, forfeitures, restitution or penalties, court costs, and child support.
- A work environment emphasizing challenge, opportunity, quality, and dedication to this mission.
Code of Virginia
The following from the Code of Virginia provides the legal basis, justification, requirements, and responsibilities for the issuance of a “Release”:
§ 53.1-47. Purchases by agencies, localities and certain nonprofit organizations.
This section describes who should purchase from Virginia Correctional Enterprises: …
..by all departments, institutions and agencies of the Commonwealth which are supported in whole or in part with funds from the state treasury for their use or the use of persons whom they assist financially. Except as provided in § 53.1-48, no such articles or services shall be purchased by any department, institution or agency of the Commonwealth from any other source.
§ 53.1-48. Exceptions as to purchases.
Exceptions as to purchases outlines three (3) reasons that are appropriate for VCE to grant a release:
- the article so produced or manufactured does not meet the reasonable requirements of the department, institution or agency,
- an identical article can be obtained at a verified lesser cost from the private sector, which is evidenced by a verified request for pricing, or
- the requisition made cannot be complied with on account of an insufficient supply of the articles or supplies required, or otherwise.
Release Request Process
- Visit the VCE web site and search for the desired items. Note: Every VCE item is not always displayed on the website. Please contact the VCE Primary Contact to discuss the items needed.
- Complete the new electronic release form. Note: the VCEReleaseRequest@vadoc.virginia.gov email will no longer function as of Feb. 1, 2019.
- Supporting documentation must be uploaded with every Release Request, including a complete description of the product and a valid quote or actual cost of the item. The required documentation is enumerated in "§ 53.1-48.
- Incomplete "Release Forms" will not be processed.
- Generally, the review will be completed within 72 hours (3 working days) of the initial receipt of the release.
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