Tuesday, July 12th brought voters to the polls for multiple primary election races throughout
the Commonwealth of Virginia. One of the most stunning upsets in the Richmond
area came in the Democratic primary for Sheriff when incumbent C.T. Woody
lost to challenger Antoinette Irving. Irving, who has run twice in the
past to unseat Woody, won 52 percent of the vote, with Woody receiving
Irving’s campaign against Woody highlighted, among other things,
the high number of deaths in the City’s jail over the years, as
well as poor quality medical care and lack of adequate care for mentally
ill inmates. "The recent deaths we’ve had in the jail, the
lack of appropriate medical care and mental health services - we will
need to work as an agency to be sure that we make sure we have good resources
and services for individuals who are incarcerated," she said. Irving
previously served as a Major with the Henrico County Sheriff’s Department.
In late 2016, reporters at the Huffington Post investigated jails and prisons
with inordinately high numbers of inmate deaths. During the course of
their investigation, they identified 15 jails with death rates more than
double that of the United States average of 135 deaths a year per 100,000
inmates. The Richmond City Jail lead the top ten list, with 7 deaths at
the jail from July 13, 2015, to July 13, 2016, the most recent time period
investigated by the
Huffington Post .
The Halperin Law Center is no stranger to the deaths and lack of quality
medical care at both the old City Jail and the new Richmond City Justice
Center, having successfully represented inmates who have been improperly
denied medical care or suffered injuries while incarcerated, as well as
the families of inmates who died under Sheriff Woody’s watch, including
obtaining the largest
civil rights settlement in Virginia history in 2015.
If you suffered a serious injury while incarcerated or lost a loved one
in a jail or prison incident, contact our Richmond personal injury attorneys
at the Halperin Law Center today.