Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women

Sandy Hausman/Radio IQ

In the last three months, three women under the age of 40 have died at the Fluvanna Correctional Center.  Lawyers representing the inmates want a federal judge to step in, and politicians are reacting to the news with varied degrees of concern.

Margie Ryder

Earlier this year, lawyers went to court on behalf of a 39-year-old woman at the Fluvanna Correctional Center. They told a federal judge that she had been hospitalized three times, because nurses at the prison had not properly administered medication.  Now, the woman has died, but the Legal Aid Justice Center is asking the court to hear her case anyway. 

Virginia Department of Corrections

It’s been nearly three years since the Virginia Department of Corrections agreed to settle a lawsuit over inadequate medical care for about 1,200 women at the Fluvanna Correctional Center, but a federal court is now scolding the state for its failure to live up to that agreement.