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Deaths In Virginia Prisons
According to the 12/7/16 THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT suicide is the third largest cause of death among inmates in DOC custody, accounting for 32 deaths in the decade of 2004-2014, exceeded only by deaths resulting from cancer and from heart failure.
Board of Corrections To Get Funding to Investigate Jail Deaths
The tragic death of mentally handicapped Jamychael Mitchell in the Hampton Roads Regional Jail 8 months ago has resulted in an action by a General Assembly Committee to budget $100,000 to investigate such incidents.
According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Gov. Terry McAuliffe had proposed giving the Board of Corrections responsibility for investigating jail deaths, whether its members liked it or not, and included $200,000 in next year’s budget to pay for it. The House cut the money from its budget, but the Senate retained half of the amount. Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian J. Moran said the administration would prefer giving the investigative authority entirely to the Board of Corrections with adequate staff members to carry it out, but he added, ‘We are pleased that it’s moving forward…'”