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Update: VPRJ lifts restriction on inmate visitation as Florence forecast improves

Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail (WYDaily/Andrew Harris)
Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail (WYDaily/Andrew Harris)

Update 12:15 p.m. Thursday: Visitation at the Virginia Regional Peninsula Jail will proceed according to its normal schedule.

With the latest forecast for Florence showing a less severe than anticipated impact to Greater Williamsburg, VPRJ has lifted restrictions on inmate visitation by friends and family, according to a VPRJ press release.

The restriction had been scheduled to go into effect at noon Thursday.

For visitation hours and information, visit the VPRJ website.

Original story: The Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail is canceling inmate visitation starting at noon Thursday because of Hurricane Florence.

All regular friends and family visitation is canceled, although citizen access to the magistrate and attorney-client visitation will still be available, the jail said in a news release.

The cancellation follows “established precedent” and is done for safety and security reasons for those in the facility and others traveling to the jail, the release said.

The suspension is in effect until further notice, and visitation will resume at the “earliest safe opportunity,” the jail said.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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