PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – The Commonwealth’s top investigator has released the results of an investigation into the death of an inmate at the Hampton Roads Regional Jail.
24-year-old Jamycheal Mitchell sat in jail for months after being accused of stealing $5 in snacks from a store. A judge ordered him to be transferred to a mental health facility, but he was never moved.
Mitchell died of starvation last August.
The review found numerous problems with the process of transferring inmates from the jail in Portsmouth to a hospital for mental health treatment.
The problems include a lack of formal, written standard protocols for the transfer. There is also no way for jail workers to verify that each step of the transfer has been completed.
The review found five major flaws in the system and made recommendations to fix each one.
The report also found that Eastern State Hospital, where Mitchell would have gone for treatment, has been seen a significant increase in patients since new mental health laws were passed in 2014.
Governor Terry McAuliffe has called Mitchell’s death “beyond comprehension” and numerous civil rights organizations have called for changes to the criminal justice system.
Click here to read the full review.