Freedom of Information Act

As set forth in § 2.2-3700 of the Code of Virginia, the purpose of FOIA is to promote an increased awareness by all persons of governmental activities. 

Your FOIA Rights

Requesting Records from the VPB

The VPB’s Responsibilities in Responding to Your Request

We cannot ask you why you want the records.

The reason for your request for public records is irrelevant. We cannot ask you why you want the records. However, FOIA does allow us to ask you for your name and legal address. The VPB requires that you provide your name and legal address with your request.

Your request must identify the records you are seeking with "reasonable specificity."

This is a commonsense standard. It requires that you be specific enough so that we can identify and locate the records that you are seeking.

Your request must ask for records or documents.

FOIA does not apply to a situation where you are asking general questions about the work of the VPB. In addition, we are not required to create a new record if the record does not already exist.

You may choose to receive electronic records in any format used by the VPB in the regular course of business.

For example, if you are requesting records maintained in an Excel database, you may elect to receive those records electronically, via e-mail or on a physical storage medium, or as a printed copy.


Please cooperate with staff

If we have questions about your request, please cooperate with staff to clarify or to attempt to reach a reasonable agreement about a response to a large request.

For Legal Inquiries and General FOIA Questions

If you have questions about making a request for records, or if you need guidance on where to send your request, contact:

Herman Davis
(804) 887-7839

Virginia Parole Board
6900 Atmore Drive
Richmond, VA 23225

In addition, the Freedom of Information Advisory Council is available to answer any questions you may have about FOIA. The Council may be contacted by e-mail at, or by phone at (804) 225-3056 or toll free at 1-866-448-4100.