Pruntytown Correctional Center

Debra D. Minnix, Warden

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 159
Grafton, West Virginia 26354

Physical Address:
2006 Trap Springs Road
Grafton, WV 26354

Phone: (304) 265-6111 | Fax: (304) 265-6120

Mission Statement

The Pruntytown Correctional Center is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for the inmates, community, and staff.

Personnel

  • Warden - Debra Minnix
  • Deputy Warden - Michael K. Martin
  • Associate Warden of Security - Lewis Stevens
  • Associate Warden of Programs - Sarah Trickett
  • Associate Warden of Operations - Mike Reger
  • Business Manager - Kathy Hess

Leadership Biography

Mrs. Minnix was appointed Warden at Pruntytown Correctional Center effective May 01, 2011 by Commissioner Rubenstein. She began working for the West Virginia Division of Corrections in 1989
at the West Virginia Industrial Home for Youth. During her twenty plus year career with the Division of Corrections, she has worked as a counselor and unit manager at both the Industrial Home and the Pruntytown Correctional Center. She was promoted to Deputy Warden at Pruntytown in 2002.

Mrs. Minnix graduated from Fairmont State College in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. She returned to school and completed her Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice at Fairmont State University in 2007.

Warden Minnix was previously recognized with the Corrections Commendation Medal for her work on classification and risk assessment. She is a member of the Southern States Correctional Association and the Correctional Peace Officers Foundation.

History

The Pruntytown Correctional Center is located at Pruntytown near the city of Grafton in Taylor County. Pruntytown Correctional Center was originally established as the West Virginia Industrial School for Boys in 1891 and served as a juvenile facility until being closed in January of 1983. At that time, the juveniles were transferred to the West Virginia Industrial Home for Youth near Salem.

The Pruntytown Correctional Center was reopened in 1985, housing minimum custody adult male inmates whose primary work function was to renovate the facility. In November 1988, the Division of Corrections moved thirty-two state adult female prisoners, who were housed under contract at the Federal Correctional Institution for Women at Alderson, West Virginia, to the Pruntytown Correctional Center, making it the state’s first adult co-ed correctional facility. Additional housing was added in 1999 for another 128 male inmates.

In January 2007, all female inmates housed at Pruntytown Correctional Center were transferred to the Lakin Correctional Center in Mason County, which serves as the state’s female prison. Pruntytown currently houses 369 minimum and medium custody male inmates.

Description

The complex encompasses over 100 acres on picturesque rolling hills and is divided by a highway that runs through the center. The east side contains the former school building (no longer used); indoor gymnasium; health services building; three housing units, one of which has an adjacent education building; the administration building, and the kitchen/dining hall. On the west side of the highway, there is the former warden’s residence now used as an extension of the administration building, a housing unit on the top floor of a three story building that also houses a correctional industry shop on the first floor, a greenhouse, a maintenance storage building and modular housing contained inside a perimeter fence which also has an adjacent education building.

Housing Capability

Inmate housing is divided into five separate buildings. Four of the units are constructed in dormitory-style with an officer’s station and additional offices for the unit manager, case managers, counselors, and office assistant. The fifth building is the modular unit which houses the residential substance abuse unit and also has an officer’s station and offices for the unit manager, case managers, substance abuse therapists and office assistant. This unit has individual rooms occupied by two inmates. Each of the units is equipped with a laundry facility, dayroom area, and food preparation areas. All of the units have outside recreation areas.

The inmate population characteristics include a maximum of 369 minimum and medium custody male inmates. These inmates are received from other Division of Corrections facilities and the Regional Jail Authority. All inmates must be within 36 months of potential release through parole or discharge. Many of Pruntytown’s inmates have the opportunity to work their way down to one of the state’s three work release centers.

Visitation Information

Visiting hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Visitors must register no later than 2:30 p.m. to allow time for processing. Visitors who arrive after 2:30 p.m. will not be permitted to visit. Visitors will be allotted 3 hours of visiting time per each approved visiting day, unless space and time requirements or security considerations clearly dictate otherwise. New intakes may have visits after 30 days from date of arrival at Pruntytown.

All visitors must be on approved visitation list. Inmates may place individuals on an approved visiting list by mailing a Visitation Questionnaire to those individuals the inmate wishes to have visit. Family members/friends must then return their completed Visitation Questionnaire directly to the PCC Visitation Coordinator. Questionnaires should be mailed to:

Pruntytown Correctional Center
P.O. Box 159
Grafton, WV 26354
Attention: Visitation Coordinator

Positive identification (driver’s license or other approved picture ID and the vehicle registration) of all visitors will be required before they will be admitted to visit. All visitors are required to wear suitable, modest clothing, which includes underwear. An adult member of their family must accompany all minor children on their visits. If the accompanying adult family member is not the parent or legal guardian, they must bring with them a notarized permission slip signed by the parent or legal guardian giving permission for the visit to take place.

The only items permitted in the visiting area are: identification cards/papers, house and car keys, no more than $10 in coinage (paper money is prohibited), 5 nitroglycerin tablets, and 1 asthma inhaler. When a small child is visiting, the following items are permitted: clear baby bottle or sippy cup containing only milk, juice or formula, 1 baby blanket, 4 diapers, baby wipes, and pacifiers. ALL OTHER ITEMS ARE PROHIBITED. ALL INDIVIDUALS AND ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO SEARCH AT ANY TIME.