For VPRJ inmates, kitchen is place of ‘love, patience and tolerance’

Food Service Manager Tina Cowles-Perkins supervises inmates as they fill food trays Feb. 9. VPRJ policy does not allow photos to be taken of inmates' faces without written permission. (WYDaily/Sarah Fearing)

Friday morning was like any other morning in the last eight months for 41-year-old Charles Williams. Williams woke up at 3:30 a.m., put on his bright white work uniform, walked down the hallway and clocked in. For the next eight hours, Williams bustled around an industrial gray kitchen, cooking breakfast and taco lunch for over 450 men and women. Like […]

Judge withholds finding on assault charge for VPRJ corrections officer

The Williamsburg-James City County Courthouse. (Staff Photo)

A Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail corrections officer accused of assaulting and strangling an inmate stood trial in Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court Tuesday. Vincent Edward Russell, 43, was arrested in July 2014 following an alleged altercation between himself and a 38-year-old male inmate the previous month. He was charged with one count of felony strangulation […]

Accomplice in Attempted Jail Escape Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to Eight Months

Raekwon Jones (VPRJ)

The accomplice in a failed escape from Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail will serve eight months in jail after pleading guilty to two charges. Raekwon Lamont Jones, 19, of Williamsburg was charged with attempted escape and two counts of assaulting a correctional officer following the Aug. 29 incident. He was scheduled for a trial Thursday in Williamsburg-James City […]