Tag Archives: Virginia

Vera Institute’s Sentencing & Corrections Headlines

AR – Lawmakers to Take Up Parole System

AZ – Ruling Says Arizona DNA Law Doesn’t Require Payments

CA – California Prisons’ Photo Ban Leaves Legacy of Blurred Identities

CA – Jails Look to Affordable Care Act to Insure Inmates

CA – To Cut STD Rate, California Considers Condoms in Prison

CO – Prisons Chief Tom Clements Remembered: “The First Time I Had Hope”

CT – Taxpayers’ Costs Top $3.5 Million for Death Row Inmate’s Lawsuit

LA – Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal Signs Law to Shift Drug Offenders From Jail to Rehab

LA – New Orleans Police Department Consent Decree Monitor Chosen: Sheppard Mullin Gets Contract

MD – City Jail Grievance System Broken, Inmates, Advocates Say

MO – Missouri Executions: State May Return to Gas Chamber

NV – Nevada Study Will Ask Question: Is Execution More Expensive Than Prison?

NY – New York’s Wrongful Conviction Bills Stall

OR – House OKs Sex-Offender Registry Plan

PA – Bill Gives Corrections Officers Rights in Disciplinary Actions

VA – Advocates Worry About Details of Virginia’s New Program to Restore Voting Rights to Felons

US – Crime Makes Halting Comeback as a Political Issue

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Virginia weighs ban on some restraints for pregnant inmates

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.”

Read more here.


Settlement will allow Va. inmates to grow beards

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.”

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Inmate testifies for state in Chesapeake jail escape

“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.”

Read more: http://hamptonroads.com/2012/08/inmate-testifies-state-chesapeake-jail-escape

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Mother of inmate strangled at supermax Virginia prison sues, claiming guards helped killer

“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.”

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/mother-of-inmate-strangled-at-supermax-virginia-prison-sues-claiming-guards-helped-killer/2012/07/30/gJQAJ4dzKX_story.html

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Inmates at Va women’s prison sue over health care

“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.”

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Private Prison Company May Take Over Virginia Sex Offender Center

“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.”

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/16/private-prisons-virginia-sex-offenders_n_1672526.html?utm_campaign=071612&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Alert-business&utm_content=FullStory

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Family suing state, Red Onion Prison for death of inmate

“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.”

Read more: http://www2.tricities.com/news/2012/jul/15/family-suing-state-red-onion-prison-death-inmate-ar-2057593/

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