Virginia Department of Corrections

Because the risk of a deadly COVID outbreak was especially high in state prisons, and because the disease could easily spread to surrounding communities through staff, inmates and employees were among the first Virginians to get vaccine. However, nearly a third of prisoners and more than 40% of staff have refused it.  That means significant restrictions remain in place, and frustration behind bars is building.

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It’s been more than a year since Virginia prisons locked down to try and stop the spread of COVID-19. The state has offered vaccine to every inmate, but restrictions are still in place and are unlikely to be lifted any time soon.

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.