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Clarke re-appointed to VDOC

RICHMOND — Harold W. Clarke, head of the Virginia Department of Corrections, has been re-appointed by Governor-elect Ralph Northam to lead the agency for a third term.

Wednesday at Fire Station #17 in Richmond, Governor-elect Northam thanked Director Clarke for his service to the Commonwealth and announced Clarke’s re-appointment.

“For the second year in a row, Virginia’s re-incarceration rate is the lowest in the country, at 22.4 percent,” officials said in the release. “Among the 45 states that report three-year incarceration rates for felons, no other state correctional system reports a lower rate.”

The release cited that the commonwealth’s recidivism rate has fallen a full percentage point since last year.

Clarke became the Virginia Department of Corrections’ leader in November 2010 after appointment by Governor Bob McDonnell. Clarke was then re-appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe in 2014.