A federal judge has ruled that the Virginia Department of Corrections has failed to correct what he characterized as “dangerous” conditions involving health care at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women.
U.S. District Judge Norman K. Moon issued an injunction requiring an adequate nursing staff within 45 days and stretchers, oxygen tanks and masks and suction machines at every building housing inmates, within two weeks. “The Judge is very critical of the care,” said Carl Tobias, Law Professor at the University of Richmond. “And he offered a number of graphic examples of that where people were very sick and some even died.”
Litigation to improve conditions goes back years, there was a consent decree and a settlement in 2016, but Judge Moon says they’ve run out of time to comply. “My sense is the state may well appeal to the Fourth Circuit.”
State attorneys argued there was no breach and nurses were hard to hire because of bad publicity.