Harold Clarke was appointed Director of the Virginia Department of Corrections by Governor Bob McDonnell on October 8, 2010.
Harold W. Clarke grew up in the Canal Zone in Panama. After graduating from Doane College in Crete, Nebraska in 1974, Mr. Clarke joined the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services as a counselor. He rose through the department, becoming a unit manager, deputy warden, and then warden… (read more)
The Virginia Department of Corrections aspires to be recognized as a model correctional agency and a proven innovative leader in the profession. As a result, Virginia will be a safer place to live and work because the Department provides appropriate custody, supervision, programs, and re-entry practices for offenders through its exemplary services.
The employees of the Department are the cornerstone of the agency. They will increasingly embrace a common purpose and a commitment to the highest professional standards and excellence in public service. The Department, through its unwavering commitment to its employees, will strive to be a satisfying and rewarding place to work and grow professionally.
The Department of Corrections enhances public safety by providing effective programs, re-entry services, and supervision of sentenced offenders in a humane, cost-efficient manner, consistent with sound correctional principles and constitutional standards.
We, the Department of Corrections believe we can best fulfill our Vision and accomplish our
Mission by demonstrating and living these values in our daily work.
Fulfilling - doing work that is
meaningful, and fulfilling, which contributes to the agency and society.
Ethical - conforming to high professional,
ethical and moral standards of conduct.
Achieving - contributing to the
achievement of the Department's Vision, Mission and Goals.
Purposeful - demonstrating a
commitment to the Department's purpose, the safety of the citizens
Balanced - balancing the needs of
the individual, society and all aspects of the agency.
Supportive - being team players
and supporting one another.