Family Brings Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Hampton Roads Regional Jail
In recent years, prisons across Virginia have come under fire for the deaths of inmates. Recently, the family of a deceased inmate brought a wrongful death lawsuit against Hampton Roads Regional Jail over the death of an inmate last year.
Henry Stewart died in 2016 at the jail in Portsmouth. His death came days after he filed an emergency grievance form stating he blacked out twice in a period of two hours and was unable to find food or water.
A report in Virginia Lawyers Weekly said Stewart’s repeated requests for assistance were either ignored or he received substandard care, the $40 million federal wrongful death lawsuit against Hampton Roads Regional Jail stated.
The medical examiner ruled Stewart died as the result of a perforated gastric ulcer. He suffered from a mental illness and died after being jailed on charges of stealing junk food worth $5.
Stewart died at the Hampton Roads Regional Jail, which is the same facility where a mentally ill inmate died in 2015 after being jailed on charges he stole $5 worth of junk food. The jail is under FBI investigation.
A report on WTKR.com said Stewart’s family claims in the 157-page lawsuit that the jail and Correct Care Solutions, a company that provides health care to inmates, were responsible for death of the 60-year-old.
The lawsuit was filed by Stewart’s son and sister. It alleges both the jail and Correct Care Solutions ignored requests and provided sub-standard care to the inmate.
WTKR reported Stewart was arrested in 2016 for allegedly violating his probation from a 2011 shoplifting charge.
The lawsuit stated Stewart was locked up at the Hampton City Jail. He was transferred to the Hampton Roads Regional Jail on June 7, 2016. He died two months later on August 6.
Lawyers acting for Stewart say he asked for medical attention on numerous occasions for multiple symptoms including abdominal and chest pain, blackouts, dramatic weight loss and an inability to keep food and water down.
Stewart’s sister Michele Wilson said the jail failed to act on her brother’s complaints.
According to the Medical Examiner in Norfolk ruled Henry Stewart died as a result of a perforated gastric ulcer which created a hole in his stomach.
It’s not the first time the jail has been under the microscope. About a year earlier, Jamycheal Mitchell died of apparent starvation while he was an inmate. His family filed a similar wrongful death lawsuit against Hampton Roads Regional Jail for $6 million.
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