Department of Public Safety identifies employees who died at Pasquotank Correctional Institution


The Department of Public Safety is releasing the names of employees who died today at Pasquotank Correctional Institution.

Correctional Officer Justin Smith, 35, provided security in the Correction Enterprises Specialty Sewing Plant. He had worked as a correctional officer since 2012.

Correction Enterprises Manager Veronica Darden, 50, supervised and trained inmates working in the Specialty Sewing Plant.  She had been a Correction Enterprises employee since 2007 and previously worked as a correctional officer.

Three other prison employees remain hospitalized in critical condition at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.  Seven prison employees were treated and released from Sentara Albemarle Medical Center in Elizabeth City.  Four inmates were treated for injuries. 

Justin Smith
Justin Smith
Veronica Darden


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