Department of Justice Settles with Piedmont Jail Over Medical Care Issues

Farmville, VA - The Justice Department says it has reached a settlement to ensure that prisoners at the Piedmont Regional Jail in Farmville receive appropriate medical and mental health care.

Officials say the department launched an investigation in March 2011 into allegations that the jail was not providing prisoners with constitutionally adequate medical care.

The investigation found inadequate staffing, insufficient procedures to screen and assess medical and mental health problems, and the absence of a chronic care program to treat conditions such as seizures and high blood pressure.

The agreement announced Friday requires the jail to employ adequate medical and mental health personnel, perform timely screening and appropriate health assessments and establish a chronic care program, among other things.

Jail officials also must track the performance of medical and mental health improvement efforts.