02 December 2014
A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit that alleged the Virginia Department of Corrections (DOC) failed to provide adequate medical care to inmates at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women (FCCW.)
The lawsuit, Scott versus Clarke, filed on July 24, 2012 on behalf of five inmates at FCCW, included allegations that inmates at FCCW were regularly denied prescribed treatments and medications; that women with known chronic and debilitating health issues were denied reasonable treatment and accommodations; and that women had serious symptoms which were routinely dismissed.
The settlement, reached on November 25, followed two rulings by U.S. District Judge Norman K. Moon in the plaintiff’s favor and one ruling against the defendant in the week before the settlement. One of those rulings confirmed the lawsuit’s status as a class action lawsuit, meaning that all 1,800 inmates of FCCW were included as plaintiffs.