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CHAPTER 923
An Act to amend and reenact 53.1-95.8 and 53.1-109 of the Code of Virginia, relating to authority of regional jail superintendents and officers.
[H 874]
Approved April 20, 1994

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That 53.1-95.8 and 53.1-109 of the Code of Virginia are amended and reenacted as follows:

53.1-95.8. Authority of superintendent and jail officers; oath and bond.

The superintendent appointed by an authority created pursuant to this article to administer its correctional facility shall have and exercise the same control and authority over the prisoners committed or transferred to such facility as the sheriffs of this Commonwealth have by law over the prisoners committed or transferred to their jails.

During the term of their appointment, the superintendent and guards jail officers are hereby vested with the powers and authority of a conservator of the peace (i) within the limits of such correctional facility and within one mile thereof and ; (ii) in for the purpose of conveying prisoners to and from such facility; (iii) for the purpose of enforcing the provisions of alternative incarceration and treatment programs pursuant to 53.1-129, 53.1-131, and 53.1-131.2 and pretrial supervision programs operated pursuant to 19.2-123; (iv) for the purpose of providing security and supervision of prisoners taken to a medical, dental, or psychiatric facility; and (v) for the purpose of providing a security escort and supervision of prisoners transported to a funeral or graveside service.

Before entering upon the duties of their office, the superintendent and guards jail officers shall take and subscribe the oath prescribed by 49-1 of the Code of Virginia. An authority created pursuant to this article may require the superintendent or guards jail officers or both to give bond in such penalty and with such security as the authority may prescribe, conditioned upon the faithful discharge of the duties of their offices.

53.1-109. Authority of jail superintendent and jail officers.

The jail superintendent shall have and exercise the same control and authority over the prisoners committed or transferred to a regional jail or jail farm as the sheriffs of this Commonwealth have by law over the prisoners committed or transferred to local jails.

During the term of their appointment the superintendent and jail officers are hereby invested with the powers and authority of a conservator of the peace (i) within the limits of such jail or jail farm and within one mile thereof, whether such jail or jail farm is situated within or beyond the limits of such political subdivisions establishing and maintaining the same, and; (ii) in for the purpose of conveying prisoners to and from such jail or jail farm; (iii) for the purpose of enforcing the provisions of alternative incarceration or treatment programs pursuant to 53.1-129, 53.1-131, and 53.1-131.2 and pretrial supervision programs operated pursuant to 19.2-123; (iv) for the purpose of providing security and supervision of prisoners taken to a medical, dental, or psychiatric facility; and (v) for the purpose of providing a security escort and supervision of prisoners transported to a funeral or graveside service.


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