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Documenting hundreds of mentally ill people who died in jail; more long prison sentences for white supremacist rally attendees

By: - August 24, 2018 10:48 am
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Hundreds of deaths, brutal treatment
The Virginian-Pilot’s Gary A Harki is out with a massive and beautifully presented investigation into the terrible treatment mentally ill receive in the nation’s jails, no doubt prompted by a string of deaths in Hampton Roads Regional Jail.

As part of its reporting, the paper created the first database tracking the deaths of mentally ill people in the nation’s jails.

More news

  • Struggling with vacancies at the Augusta Correctional Center, the Department of Corrections is offering employees who agree to transfer there an $8,000 bonus. – The Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • The Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail Authority board continues to debate whether it should notify ICE when undocumented immigrants are released from jail. – The Daily Progress
  • A Charlottesville judge handed down an eight and six year prison sentence to two white men charged with beating a black man in a parking garage as the Aug. 12 rallies dispersed. – The Daily Progress
  • UVA hired former U.S. Attorney Timothy Heaphy to serve as university counsel. Heaphy authored a scathing report of both the university and Charlottesville’s response to the Aug. 11 and 12 rallies last year. – The Daily Progress
  • Protesters in Albermarle County upset that a new school dress code wouldn’t explicitly ban Confederate Symbols shut down a school board meeting. – Charlottesville Tomorrow
  • Staunton residents opposed to a plan to change the name of Lee High School called for a referendum on the issue, but city leaders say it’s not going to happen, citing their charter and state code. – The News Leader
  • A State Police special agent is charged with lying to federal investigators about sexual relationships with his confidential informants. – The News Leader
  • Scientists spotted 20 of the endangered rusty patched bumblebee along the route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a finding federal officials say they’ll consider as they weigh the project’s permitting. – The  Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Three days after customs officials rolled out new facial recognition software at Dulles International Airport, they say it already alerted officers to a man posing as a French citizen. – WTOP
  • Cownose rays, once accused of gorging on Chesapeake Bay oysters and crabs, might actually need protection themselves, a new study found. — WAMU
  • The Piedmont United Way said it’s shutting down because of a drop in donations. – The Culpeper Star Exponent
  • The “Top Gun” sequel may be filming on an aircraft carrier in Norfolk, but it’s unlikely the Virginia naval base, or any part of the state for that matter, will figure in the film. – The Virginian-Pilot
  • Kroger says it’s phasing out single-use plastic grocery bags at all its stores by 2025. – Associated Press

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Ned Oliver
Ned Oliver

Ned, a Lexington native, has been a fulltime journalist since 2008, beginning at The News-Gazette in Lexington, and including stints at the Berkshire Eagle, in Berkshire County, Mass., and the Times-Dispatch and Style Weekly in Richmond. He is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, in Great Barrington, Mass. He was named Virginia's outstanding journalist for 2020 by the Virginia Press Association.

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