Virginia Correctional Enterprises (VCE) was established by the General Assembly as a work program to produce goods and services for agencies of the Commonwealth.
VCE is not supported by General funds but rather by the monies retained from the sale of these products and services. VCE provides work opportunities and skill learning programs for offenders incarcerated within the Department of Corrections.
These skills and work ethic are transferable to society upon release and have proven helpful in reducing the rate of recidivism. All tax supported agencies and non-profit entities are authorized to purchase these goods and services.
Virginia Correctional Enterprises helps offenders become producers.
VCE creates a work ethic for success on the outside. Most of those who are now incarcerated will return to society. While it’s not up to VCE to decide who is or is not released, as a Correctional Program it is our job to teach offenders the necessary skills they need to successfully find and keep a job outside prison walls. Boiled down to the most simplistic terms, the ability to earn a paycheck once released is pivotal to whether or not a former offender becomes a productive member of society or a repeat offender.