Inmate death investigations see statewide backlog


RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) – A new report from a legislative watchdog group shows a large backlog when it comes to the state investigating inmate deaths.

After 2017, the Board of Corrections became responsible for those investigations.

Virginia is one of four states in the country that reviews jail deaths.

The report is from the Joint Legislative Audit Committee.

They found that on average, it took the state 10 months to complete a death investigation.

Some took as little as three months while others took more than a year-and-a-half to complete.

The report also found the delays were so long, in some instances, jail staff could not remember certain facts about an inmate’s death.

The review also found in four instances, jail staff falsified records about cell checks that never happened.

The watchdog group has recommended hiring another investigator until the backlog is reduced.

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