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Inmate dies at fluvanna prison after opening poor medical care federal case

An inmate from Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women has died, marking the third inmate death at the correctional center in just two months. Inmate Margie Ryder died Monday at VCU Medical Center after suffering from terminal pulmonary arterial hypertension, a condition she regulated with medication. Prior to her death, Ryder had an open case pending in federal court, citing problems with healthcare and medicine management at Fluvanna as a reason for filing an emergency motion to the courts in the Spring “We were devastated to learn about the death of Margie Ryder,” said Shannon Ellis with the Legal Aid Justice Center. Ellis said that Ryder’s death followed a year of emergency hospitalizations due to mismanagement of her medication. Two other women from the correctional center also died within the last two months. “Just the fact that within the last couple of months you’ve had three deaths and all of them have been women younger than 40, is extremely concerning,” said Ellis. Ellis said that she and her team are committed to fighting for better treatment within the correctional center. “These are our fellow citizens and when you have numerous young women, dying at the custody of the state in a short period of time, I think everyone should be asking why that’s happening,” said Ellis. Virginia Department of Corrections tells CBS 6 that they cannot release the medical information of inmates but did provide some information surrounding the deaths of Ryder and Ashely Carr, who died at Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women on July 1. “Margie Ryder, offender #1936746, had been at VCU Health since 6/24 and died there the evening of 7/8. As is public knowledge following her lawsuit, she had a terminal illness. Ashley Carr, offender #1473101, died at Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women on July 1. The…
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Abuses exposed at Fluvanna Correctional Center

The following information can be found at: http://www.c-ville.com/abuses_exposed_at_fluvanna_correctional_center/#.Vf8H_99Vikp it was written in 2010 and conditions have only gotten worse Helen Trainor reads about 50 letters a month from women at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women. “I actually read personal letters, unlike a lot of people, and take them seriously,” she says. As part of her job as director of the Virginia Institutionalized Persons Project (at the Legal Aid Justice Center), she has to know what goes on in jails across Virginia. Trainor says that conditions at Fluvanna “began to resemble the conditions at Virginia’s strictest prisons, as opposed to a Class 3 prison that it is.” The letters described discrimination and segregation, which prompted Trainor and other volunteers from Legal Aid to meet with Senator Frank Ruff, Jr. (15th District) in a church basement to discuss what could be done. Then, on Monday, December 28, the Associated Press reported that Barbara Wheeler, warden at Fluvanna, which is the state’s largest women’s prison, will be replaced by Wendy Hobbs. Larry Traylor, spokesperson for the Department of Corrections confirmed to C-VILLE that Wheeler is retiring, though Wheeler was unavailable for an interview. Cynthia Neff has also been working with Legal Aid where she has heard the stories first-hand. “We were hearing from a number of people that they were discriminated against because they looked butch, aggressive-looking women,” she says. In fact, the Associated Press reported in June that gay inmates were segregated, with lesbian inmates with short hair and baggy clothes kept apart in the “butch-wing.” Trainor says that things began to change about a year ago when Michael Frame became the new major, or head of security, at Fluvanna. The previous major was convicted for having sex with female inmates, says Trainor. Neff says Frame proceeded to “toughen the place…
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