WHAT IS VSC?
Visitors' Services Center (VSC) is an essential safety net for offenders and their families, who are most likely to be among the most marginalized members of our society. We continue to be the only organization in our Nation's Capital providing vital services to some of our neediest citizens. Our goal is to reduce the recidivism rate in the District. We know from direct experience that returning citizens who are given services pre-and-post release from incarceration make a successful transition to become positive contributing citizens to our economy and community. We remain committed to our long history of providing basic human services to meet basic human needs.
What We Do
VSC provides crucial services focused in Washington DC, explicitly serving DC Correctional Detention Facility (DC Jail) and Correctional Treatment Facility (CTF) inmates and their families, from the time of incarceration through post-release. Services provided are both basic and profound, but all are critical to maintaining a calm jail environment and to helping inmates maintain family and community connections while incarcerated and upon release. The population directly benefitting from our services includes inmates in the DC jail, their families and close friends, legal community, and the corrections staff. And, the entire DC community benefits indirectly from VSC's work. Approximately 17,000 inmates are processed through the DC Jail on an annual basis. Daily, the Jail population is roughly 2,000. VSC serves over 3,500 individuals and their families annually.
We work very closely with the corrections staff, caseworkers and partner agencies as we develop program and strategic direction plans for clients' pre-and-post release.