Beaumont JCC, with a budgeted capacity of 284, is utilized for the incarceration of older adjudicated males up to age 21. Approximately 230 residents attend school. Beaumont also has a GED Program and some juveniles are enrolled in college correspondence courses. Recreational, religious and volunteer programs are offered, along with apprenticeship and work programs. Available treatment services include Substance Abuse, Sex Offender, Aggression Management, and Independent Living Skills Programs.
All residents are afforded visitation privileges, subject to any orders of the court and Departmental policy and programming. Visitation rules are necessary to maintain the safety of residents and visitors and to maintain the security of the facility. Except where there are safety or security concerns, residents have informal communication and physical contact with visitors. Departmental policies provide for visitation by pre-approved family members. Vehicles must be secured (closed windows and locked doors, or inhabited) in the parking lot. Personal items must be secured in the vehicle, as no personal items of any kind can come in to the facility. Vehicle keys must be surrendered at the door. All visitors are subject to search of their person to ensure that contraband does not enter the facility. All visitors 13 years of age and older must have picture identification and be on a pre-approved visitor list. Visitors are expected to refrain from wearing suggestive or offensive clothing.
Visitors who refuse to cooperate with facility policies or directives or who violate them, who attempt to circumvent the safety and security of the institution and its inhabitants are subject to immediate and/or extended/permanent loss of visiting privileges. Visitors who violate the law are reported to Virginia State Police for prosecution.
Directions to the facility and specific rules regarding visitation are mailed to the guardian upon arrival of the resident and well before the opportunity to visit.
Officers of the court, law enforcement personnel, legal counsel and their staff may visit with residents by making arrangements with the assigned Counselor. Photo identification is required. Visitation is confined to business days and hours. Exceptions to these guidelines require the approval of the Facility Superintendent.
Residents may not receive packages from family, friends, or other correspondents through either the mail or visiting room except with prior approval. Residents also cannot receive any cash through the mail or at visitation. However, postal money orders or cashier's checks may be sent to them and placed in their account. Personal checks and cash will not be accepted.
In the north-central part of Powhatan County is located the state-owned and operated juvenile correctional center known as Beaumont Juvenile Correctional Center. It was founded in 1890 in Laurel, located north of Richmond. The first of four schools established in Virginia for the care of delinquent children, it was formerly called The Virginia Industrial School for Boys and Beaumont Learning Center. In 1920, the school was moved to Beaumont, and the property known as Beaumont, Estranola and Bullocks (part of an original grant from the King of England to the Michaux family of Powhatan) was purchased with the property totaling 2,400 acres. In 1922, the school that was formerly under the State Board of Charities and Corrections was placed under the Children's Bureau of the state board of public welfare. the Children's Bureau then became the agency that decided whether the child would be sent to Beaumont. The Reorganization Act of 1927 changed the name of the State Board of Public Welfare to the State Department of Public Welfare; however, the facility was still controlled by the board under the general direction of that department. In 1942, the General Assembly passed a law, which abolished the Board of Directors, and put the facility under the care of the State Department of Public Welfare and the Commissioner of Public Welfare. In 1952, a Division of Youth Services that included Beaumont was formed in the Department of Welfare and Institutions. Due to a lack of facilities prior to 1959, many residents spent a good portion of their time working on Beaumont's farm, or otherwise maintaining the institution. During 1959, a new academic and vocational building was completed, offering an expanded academic program and vocational opportunities. A second phase or expansion was completed in 1972, which, along with ending the farming operation, allowed every resident to attend academic school (approximately 90% received vocational training). From 1974 until June of 1990, Beaumont was part of the Division of Youth Services in the Department of Corrections. In 1990, a new state agency was created for juvenile corrections, known as The Department of Youth and Family Services. The name of the agency was changed in 1996 to the Department of Juvenile Justice, of which Beaumont is currently a part. Approximately 200 residents were moved in 1997 from the old cottages to two new medium security buildings. A maximum security building opened in January 1998 to house approximately 122 residents. The historic cottages were converted to treatment, volunteer, and recreation offices. With the closure of the Hanover juvenile correctional facility in April 2013, some Hanover residents were relocated to Beaumont. As part of the same consolidation effort, residents of DJJ’s Oak Ridge program, formerly housed at a facility on the Bon Air JCC campus, also were relocated to Beaumont.