Officials: Hampton Roads Regional Jail improving on a daily basis

Norfolk Sheriff and HRRJ interim superintendent Bob McCabe at a monthly media briefing Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. Credit: Kaila DeRienzo/Norfolk Sheriff's Office

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — After two controversial deaths of inmates and the departure of top officials at Hampton Roads Regional Jail, interim superintendent Bob McCabe says the facility is improving on a daily basis.

In his now-monthly media briefing, McCabe said Friday that the facility has transferred 45 inmates into Virginia Department of Correction facilities since Sept. 1.

Norfolk Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Kaila DeRienzo tweeted Friday that this number was a “huge improvement.”

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McCabe noted Friday that the jail has expanded its internal affairs division from one to four investigators, and are hoping to provide free mental health training to its staff in the upcoming weeks.

McCabe, the current Norfolk sheriff, said Friday that he hopes to have a new, permanent superintendent in place in the next six weeks. He was announced as interim superintendent in September after Col. David L. Simons announced that he wanted to retire on Oct. 1.

Officials say the case of Henry Stewart, a 60-year-old inmate who passed away at the jail in August, has been sent to the Portsmouth Police Department for review.