Do More Deaths at Virginia Women’s Prison Show Inadequate Care Persists?

By Christopher Zoukis Located northwest of Richmond, the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women (FCCW) is Virginia’s largest prison for women, with a large on-site medical facility. There’s been a long-running controversy about the quality of health care inmates receive there. In July 2012, five Fluvanna inmates filed a federal class-action lawsuit against the Virginia Department […]

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When disability becomes punishment

In the last couple of weeks I’ve been talking about compassionate release, specifically as it relates to the seriously ill and elderly. While it doesn’t precisely fit into the same discussion, individuals with disabilities face many of the same challenges. Some prisoners’ disabilities may indeed make them candidates for release, but regardless of their status […]

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Where compassion knows boundaries

I wanted to share this thoughtful piece from Newseek with you because hits home on many levels.  As a prison activist, it highlights the serious gaps in health care endemic to the prison system and how lack of oversight and regulation is allowing prison officials to, quite literally, get away with murder. And on a personal level, […]

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