Federal judge to decide Fluvanna prison lawsuit

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Testimony continued Friday in a court hearing concerning the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women, which is accused of still not providing adequate health care to its inmates.

Even though the lawsuit was settled in 2016, the legal aid justice center says little change has been made by the Virginia Department of Corrections.

Attorneys questioned the deputy director of VDOC. She said since her team was made aware of the allegations in 2012, they have been working to fix the problem.

However, the Legal Aid Justice Center says VDOC kept the same private contractor at Fluvanna, even after several more complaints were received against them.

The judge also heard from a chief medical officer of a women's prison in San Diego, California, who visited the Fluvanna site.

He said when he toured Fluvanna, the prison was more than what he expected, with nice equipment and sufficient health care.

Another inmate who has been at Fluvanna since 2001 said an emergency visit to a doctor only happened when an inmate was bleeding and or unconscious.

It could take a judge months to make a final ruling on the case.



 
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