The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia today concluded an investigation into conditions at the Hampton Roads Regional Jail in Portsmouth, Virginia. The Justice Department concluded that there is reason to believe that the conditions at the Jail violate the Constitution, specifically rights of prisoners protected by the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments. The Department concluded that there is reasonable cause to believe that the Jail fails to provide constitutionally adequate medical and mental health care to prisoners, and places prisoners with serious mental illness in restrictive housing for prolonged periods of time under conditions that violate the Constitution. The Department also concluded that the Jail’s restrictive housing practices discriminate against prisoners with mental health disabilities in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 


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