US investigating jail where black man died after being held for months over $5

Justice department taking a look at whether prisoners rights are being breached at prison where Jamycheal Mitchell, implicated of taking treats worth $5, was discovered dead

The United States justice department has actually opened an examination into the prison in Virginia where, the Guardian exposed , a young black male with psychological health issue had actually passed away after investing months apprehended for taking treats worth $5.

Federal authorities are examining whether the civil liberties of prisoners are being breached at Hampton Roads local prison in Portsmouth, where 24-year-old Jamycheal Mitchell was discovered dead in his cell in 2015.

All detainees, consisting of those with mental disorder, have a constitutional right to get essential treatment, treatment and services, Vanita Gupta, the head of the departments civil liberties department, stated in a declaration.

Dana Boente, the United States lawyer for the eastern district of Virginia , stated: Prisoners with mental disorder are an especially susceptible population, and their rights should be protected.

Mitchell passed away of heart issues and a squandering condition in August in 2015 , after a judges order that he must be devoted to a psychological health healthcare facility was mislaid by a state authorities and ignored . Family members stated he struggled with schizophrenia and other psychotic issues.

He had actually been apprehended by Portsmouth authorities more than 3 months previously, for the supposed theft from a 7-Eleven shop of a bottle of Mountain Dew, a Snickers bar and a Zebra Cake that deserved an overall of $5. Mitchells household has actually taken legal action against authorities for $60m.

The prison has the greatest death rate of any in Virginia. Subsequent deaths of 2 other prisoners who had actually asked for medical attention, Henry Stewart, 60 , and William Thrower, 69 , have actually come under analysis by the Virginian-Pilot and Richmond Times-Dispatch papers.

Amid installing debate about conditions at the prison, superintendent David Simons and assistant superintendent Eugene Taylor both stepped down from their tasks previously this year.

A justice department representative stated authorities would examine whether prisoners were being rejected their civil liberties to appropriate medical and psychological healthcare, and whether prisoners with psychological illness were having their rights breached by being rejected access to programs available to other prisoners or remote in seclusion for extended durations.

They will check out the possibility that authorities at the prison managed a pattern or practice of offenses of the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Gupta assured that the department would perform an extensive examination, led by the realities and the law.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/12/us-justice-department-hampton-roads-jail-investigated-jamycheal-mitchell