From the article: “Pregnant inmates in Virginia would no longer be restrained by waist chains during their pregnancies or labor, except in extreme circumstances, under new regulations approved by the commonwealth’s Board of Corrections.”
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Another religious discrimination case regarding hair length. According to this article, the Virginia Department of Corrections has settled with a Sunni Muslim inmate who stated that his religious beliefs require him to grow his beard. The new policy “states that the beard must cover the entire facial hair area and contain no shapes or designs, so no goatees will be allowed. The barbershop will be equipped with a ¼-inch beard trimmer to be used instead of rulers to determine compliance.”
“In the hopes of avoiding a felony conviction, an inmate of the Chesapeake City jail testified today against three co-defendants charged with helping a fifth inmate escape.
Standing in a red jail jumpsuit, Keith McAdoo recounted in court how he and the other men used a sheet June 11 to dismantle part of a fence so Clancy Dan Starling could slip underneath.”
“Guards and security officials at Virginia’s most secure prison conspired with an inmate to give him the opportunity to kill another prisoner, the slain man’s mother claims in a lawsuit.”
“Medical care at a Virginia women’s prison is so deficient that it violates the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment, five inmates claim in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.”
“Virginia is in the final stages of reviewing proposals that would privatize a mental health treatment facility for sex offenders who can be held indefinitely under state law, according to state officials and a private prison company seeking a contract to operate the institution.”
“Guards at Red Onion State Prison ignored inmate Kawaski Bass’ cries for help during a fatal beating last September, according to a $3.5 million lawsuit filed on behalf of his mother.”