Sheriff responds to ACLU request, assures cooperation if DOJ investigates

By Rachel DePompa - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond's sheriff says he will cooperate if the Justice Department wants to investigate his jail.

Earlier this week the ACLU of Virginia asked federal officials to look into overcrowding at the Richmond City Jail after two deaths at the facility.

In a statement, released this afternoon, Sheriff C.T. Woody said, he's been making people aware of the overcrowding problem for years, and takes special precautions for his employees and inmates on hot days.

"I have been adamantly discussing the issue overcrowding and the physical condition of the jail even before I was elected to office and I will continue to do so as an advocate for my employees and the residents that I am entrusted to keep safe and secure," said Sheriff Woody.  He continued, "Should the United States Department of Justice feel it necessary to contact me, I will ensure our full cooperation."


  • Limit outside recreation
  • Limit outside work details
  • Provide ice to residents four times a day
  • Place large industrial fans on each housing unit
  • Take indoor temperature readings several times
  • Triple-high bunking on the tiers eliminated persons sleeping on the floors 


  • Residents with heart problems
  • Pregnant females
  • Our older population
  • Residents with breathing problems
  • Residents with other medical problems


  • Drink plenty of fluids – even when you don't feel thirsty
  • Seek medical attention, if you feel ill
  • Wear light weight clothing – Tee Shirts
  • Not to over exert  themselves

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