Virginia: Special Cases – a Lawyer’s Jail

Virginia: Special Cases – a Lawyer’s Jail

This week Plaintiff lawyers in Federal Court reached $2,990,000.00 personal injury settlement with the City of Richmond, Virginia, for its role in failing to maintain the Richmond City Jail within constitutional standards. This 42 U.S.C. §1983 civil rights case before Judge Payne is Woodson v. City of Richmond, Virginia, et al., No. 3:13-cv-00134-REP in United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia (Richmond); and its recovery has been hailed as Virginia’s largest prisoner rights payment.

The victim, who was serving a 6-month sentence in Richmond City Jail, suffered catastrophic injuries from near-fatal heat stroke. The City of Richmond (and other Defendants) had known of the 50+ year-old jail’s environmental problems for decades, but had done little to address them, despite its death rate being 2.7 times the national average.