Jail Law and Juvenile Detention Commissions

Hefty Wiley & Gore has the experience and expertise in jail law to represent local and regional jails throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. As counsel to over a dozen regional jail authorities and juvenile detention commissions, we advise our clients on the requirements of the state code as well as the legal consequences of their policies and decisions. We serve as general counsel to the authorities and commissions that we represent and provide advice in the following areas:


Our attorneys have experience in areas of labor and employment law specifically related to jails in Virginia. This includes drafting employment contracts, discipline and termination of staff and officers, and review of personnel policies. In addition, we advise our clients on the requirements of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) claims, and VRS and disability retirement claims.

Inmate issues

We work hard to ensure that our clients treat their inmates properly and in accordance with the requirements of the law. Our attorneys provide advice on due process requirements, constitutional rights, administrative procedures, and inmate policies.

Jail Construction

We provide full service legal advice to jails that are expanding or constructing new facilities. This includes all aspects of the land acquisition and building process such as negotiations with architects, construction managers, and general contractors as well as work with title companies.


Hefty Wiley & Gore advises jail clients on compliance with the Virginia Public Procurement Act. This includes purchasing of goods and services and outsourcing commissary and inmate telephone services.