River North prison security level set

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First batch of inmates to arrive this fall at Grayson correctional center

By Patrick Smith

INDEPENDENCE — River North Correctional Facility in Independence is a lock to be a Security Level 4 prison when it is fully operational, according to Virginia Department of Corrections (DOC) officials.
According to the DOC website, a Security Level 4 facility contains inmates with long-term, single, multiple and life-plus sentences. Inmates in these facilities must show no disruptive behavior for at least the past 24 months prior to be considered for a transfer to any less secure facility.
Level 4 is not considered maximum security.

The prison is set to receive its first batch of inmates this fall, and training for guards and other staff is already underway. Larry Traylor of the DOC said the facility expects to employ 340 people when fully staffed and already has filled 142 positions, including 111 correctional officers.
River North Warden Ben Wright informed Grayson County Board of Supervisors at a previous meeting that a ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for September with Gov. Bob McDonnell as a special guest, and that an open house for the public will also take place later this year. The open house will allow curious citizens to visit the facility and take a tour prior to any prisoners being brought in.
The prison is still in the hiring process, and a wide variety of jobs are available.
Interested applicants can access jobs through the Virginia job posting website (www.jobs.virginia.gov) or through the Virginia Department of Corrections website (www.vadoc.virginia.gov).
Job applications can be completed online, through the Virginia Employment Commission and/or by calling the Virginia Department of Human Resources.