ACLU seeks investigation into conditions at Richmond City Jail - NBC12 - WWBT - Richmond, VA News On Your Side

ACLU seeks investigation into conditions at Richmond City Jail

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The ACLU of Virginia today asked the United States Department of Justice to launch an investigation into conditions that recently led to at least one confirmed, and possibly two, deaths from heat exhaustion at the Richmond City Jail.
 
In a letter faxed to DOJ earlier today, ACLU of Virginia Executive Director Kent Willis informs Assistant U.S. Attorney General Thomas E. Perez that the Richmond City Jail has been plagued by prisoner abuses and overcrowded conditions for many years.  With the letter, Willis includes a list of news articles chronicling problems at the jail and references the numerous complaints the ACLU has received from inmates over the last five years.
 
The ACLU is asking Perez to proceed under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, a federal law that authorizes DOJ to investigate and sue jails and prisons that violate the Constitution or other federal laws that protects prisoners' rights.  
 
According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, two inmates, Kerry Wayne Bennett and Grant R. Sleeper, recently died at the jail.  Sleeper's death was due to heat exhaustion.  The cause of Bennett's death is still under investigation.
 
Sheriff C.T. Woody Jr. has publicly acknowledged that temperatures in the un-air-conditioned jail can reach 120 degrees and that it is severely overcrowded.

Copyright 2010 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved.

  • Latest news from NBC12.comNEWSMore>>

  • FIRST ALERT WEATHER: Cooler Weather Arrives This Week

    FIRST ALERT WEATHER: Cooler Weather Arrives This Week

    Sunday, July 23 2017 9:30 PM EDT2017-07-24 01:30:21 GMT

    *Hit or miss showers and storms possible tonight, most miss out *Mid 90s tomorrow, just isolated PM showers and storms *Less humid Tuesday, cooler by Wednesday with highs dipping into the 80s! TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms into the night, but many areas likely to miss out. Lows in the low to mid 70s. (Rain Chance: 40%, decreasing after midnight) MONDAY: Partly sunny and hot with an isolated storm possible. Highs in the mid 90s. (Rain Chance: 20%)...

    More >>

    *Hit or miss showers and storms possible tonight, most miss out *Mid 90s tomorrow, just isolated PM showers and storms *Less humid Tuesday, cooler by Wednesday with highs dipping into the 80s! TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms into the night, but many areas likely to miss out. Lows in the low to mid 70s. (Rain Chance: 40%, decreasing after midnight) MONDAY: Partly sunny and hot with an isolated storm possible. Highs in the mid 90s. (Rain Chance: 20%)...

    More >>
  • Victim identified in deadly triple stabbing in Richmond

    Victim identified in deadly triple stabbing in Richmond

    Sunday, July 23 2017 12:33 PM EDT2017-07-23 16:33:05 GMT

           Richmond police are working a death investigation after three women are stabbed overnight in the city's northside.        The stabbing happened just after midnight in the 3500 block of North Avenue.        Police aren't telling us much -- but can confirm three women were stabbed, and one of them died from their injuries.       As for the other two victims -- on...

    More >>

           Richmond police are working a death investigation after three women are stabbed overnight in the city's northside.        The stabbing happened just after midnight in the 3500 block of North Avenue.        Police aren't telling us much -- but can confirm three women were stabbed, and one of them died from their injuries.       As for the other two victims -- on...

    More >>
  • Man shot to death in Petersburg

    Man shot to death in Petersburg

    Sunday, July 23 2017 11:09 AM EDT2017-07-23 15:09:48 GMT
    Police are in the beginning stages of a homicide investigation, after a man is found shot to death in Petersburg Sunday morning. Officers say they were called to the 2700 block of South Crater Road, around 2 a.m. When they got to the scene, police say they found a man, who had been shot multiple times. That man, 53-year-old Samuel Gee, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police continue to investigate, and say they're speaking to witnesses who were present during the shooting. If...More >>
    Police are in the beginning stages of a homicide investigation, after a man is found shot to death in Petersburg Sunday morning. Officers say they were called to the 2700 block of South Crater Road, around 2 a.m. When they got to the scene, police say they found a man, who had been shot multiple times. That man, 53-year-old Samuel Gee, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police continue to investigate, and say they're speaking to witnesses who were present during the shooting. If...More >>
Powered by Frankly