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Judge drops contempt charges against jail administrators

May 18, 2019

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — A judge has dismissed contempt charges against two top administrators at a regional jail in Virginia after a clinician said the jail is doing the best it can with limited resources.

Chesterfield General District Court Judge Pamela O’Berry had sharply criticized the Riverside Regional Jail administrators in March for alleged mistreatment of an inmate who needed psychiatric care.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that O’Berry dropped contempt charges Friday after reviewing the results of a report from the court’s mental health clinician. The judge said Riverside’s mental health services are “under-resourced,” but the jail is doing some good work with a limited budget and staff.

The clinician’s report said the jail has four mental health staff and five case managers to cover the entire jail population of about 1,250.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.richmond.com

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