Defense calls on witnesses in Fluvanna women's prison hearing

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A week-long hearing on medical care for inmates at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women, or FCCW, is nearing its conclusion, and the prison's medical director testified Thursday for the defense.

The prison settled a class action lawsuit by inmates in 2015, and that settlement required improvements to inmate care. At this week's hearing, multiple inmates testified that the care has not improved. They are asking the court to intervene.

The FCCW medical director testified that he kept records of inmates who have died since the settlement. He said several suffered from terminal cancer, and he detailed the treatments they received both at the prison and at University of Virginia Medical Center.

He said he did not believe the prison could have done anything more to care for them.

Closing arguments are expected on Friday.



 
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