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Prison News | virginia

Recent events, organized by category (below) or region/state (right), concerning the corrections industry in virginia. Comments, suggestions and contributions (below) appreciated.

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Education & Rehabilitation

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Executions, Death Row & the Death Penalty

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Gangs in Prison

Health & Medical Treatment


  • Corrections department worries about health care costs
    ?Virginia’s prison system faces a $45 million shortfall in inmate health care through next year, even as the corrections department bears the brunt of the latest round of cuts in the two-year state budget.

    The shortfall emerged this year after a private company that had provided health care to inmates at 17 prisons in hard-to-serve areas ended its contract with the state at the end of September, according to Department of Corrections Director Harold Clarke in a presentation Monday to the House Appropriations Committee....[more]


Prison Classification, Placement, & Release

Prison Conditions & Corruption

  • Report criticizes Virginia corrections policies
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A report issued Wednesday by a justice reform organization says that Virginia is spending too much to keep too many people locked up for too long....[more]

Prison Life & Culture

  • ‘Lockup’ off to solid start in portraying life in Fairfax County jail
    The fruits of spending four months, day in and day out, in the Fairfax County jail were unveiled Saturday night when “Lockup: Fairfax” premiered on MSNBC. The show did a fine job capturing slices of life in a jail in one of America’s wealthiest counties, particularly in portraying the professionalism of the deputies here, but it will be interesting to see how deeply they dig into the one issue that bedevils corrections officials everywhere: mental health. It was hinted at in Episode One, but we’ll see how far they go. Some viewers also expressed concerns about the exploitation aspect of the show. It’s a legitimate concern....[more]

  • Serial killer Alfredo Prieto is still claiming he’s intellectually disabled. Seriously?
    Alfredo Prieto has been convicted of murdering three people, raping two of them, and DNA or ballistics link him to another six homicides and two rapes. That is nine slayings in a little more than two years. Four of his victims were in Northern Virginia. He is one of the “great” unrecognized serial killers of our time. Yet a recent Supreme Court ruling has revived the prospect that he could avoid the three death sentences he currently faces, because his defense raised the possibility that he was intellectually disabled, and the news media have begun discussing Prieto as a serious candidate for post-conviction relief. Specifically, Virginia law...[more]

  • Virginia ex-felons push to restore voting rights
    RICHMOND - Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell could restore the voting rights of 10,000 nonviolent ex-felons by the end of his term - nearly twice as many as he has granted in 3½ years in office, administration officials said Monday....[more]

  • War hero tackles US over degrading prison conditions
    Out of America Dumping grounds for drug addicts, the mentally ill and petty thieves exposed by Democrat senator...[more]

Riots, Lockdowns & Escapes

Suicides in Prison

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