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NAACP calls for investigation into Virginia inmate’s death

March 23, 2016

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — The Portsmouth chapter of the NAACP is calling for a federal investigation into the death of a mentally ill jail inmate who died while waiting for a bed at a state mental hospital.

NAACP Portsmouth chapter President James Boyd says in a statement that the group is seeking an investigation to ensure that improvements are made after the death of 24-year-old Jamycheal Mitchell.

The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/1RkdLnp ) reports that Mitchell was arrested in April after authorities accused him of stealing snacks and a soda from a convenience store. He was found dead at the Hampton Roads Regional Jail in August.

The Portsmouth General District Court told investigators it mailed a judge’s order to Williamsburg’s Eastern State Hospital in May that would have put Mitchell in the hospital’s care. Another copy of the order was faxed to the mental health facility in July.

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