ABOUT OUR FACILITY
Middle River Regional Jail (MRRJ) was built to alleviate the increasing jail population at the former Augusta County Jail, Staunton, VA. MRRJ enabled inmates that were formerly being held in other facilities due to overcrowding to return to their local jurisdiction. Not only did this move make it easier for inmate families to visit, it also provided an exponential increase in living space, recreation, programming, and more opportunities to provide inmates the tools to help them succeed upon their re-entry to our communities.
Countless years of planning and construction came to fruition on April 1, 2006 when MRRJ began operation. The facility was built on 28 acres which is conveniently located in close proximity to the I-81 and I-64 interchange in Augusta County.
The building’s 212,020 square feet has a rated capacity for 396 inmates anticipating that there may be as many as 600 inmates per day at times. MRRJ can house both female and male inmates. There have been times in the recent years when the average daily inmate population exceeded 900 inmates per day.
* Some HEM/HEI inmates may be reflected in the average daily population for these years
The aforesaid population consists of local inmates from our member jurisdictions as well as state responsible inmates awaiting transfer to the Virginia Department of Corrections. MRRJ employs approximately 196 individuals including both jail officers and civilian support staff to provide for the inmate population.
From 2006-2015, the MRRJ Authority Board is comprised of members from each of the participating original Member Jurisdictions: Augusta County and the cities of Staunton and Waynesboro. Rockingham County and the City of Harrisonburg joined as full members of the MRRJ Authority on July 1, 2015.
Update February 9, 2021
Timothy Fitzgerald, Augusta County Administrator
Jennifer Whetzel, Assistant Augusta County Administrator
Donald Smith, Augusta County Sheriff
Eric Campbell, Harrisonburg City Manager
Larry Propst, Harrisonburg City Finance Director
Gabriel Camacho, Harrisonburg Interim Chief of Police
Stephen King, Rockingham County Administrator - Chairman
Patricia Davidson, Rockingham County Finance Director
Bryan Hutcheson, Rockingham County Sheriff
Steve Rosenberg, Staunton City Manager - Vice Chairman
Phillip Trayer, Staunton City Finance Director
Matthew Robertson, Staunton City Sheriff
Michael G. Hamp, Waynesboro City Manager
Cameron McCormick , Waynesboro Finance Director
Joe Harris, Waynesboro City Sheriff
The Middle River Regional Jail Authority Board meets on the first Tuesday of each month.
Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be held at the Augusta County Government Center in the South Board Room at 2:00pm.
2021 Meeting Dates are as follows:
January 7th (Work Session) 2:00pm (Electronically Held)
January 22nd (Finance) 2:00pm (ACGC South Board Room)
February 2nd 2:00pm (ACGC Smith West Board Rm)
March 2nd (Finance) 2:00pm (ACGC Smith West Board Rm)
March 24th (Finance) 2:00pm (ACGC Smith West Board Rm)
April 6th 2:00pm (ACGC Smith West Board Rm)
May 10th (Finance) 2:00pm (MRRJ Board Room)
May 25th (Finance) 2:00pm (cancelled)
June 1st 2:00pm (ACGC Smith West Board Rm)
August 3rd 2:00pm
October 5th 2:00pm
December 7th 2:00pm
Prior Meeting Minutes: Click Here