Inmate dies at Central State Hospital in Va - wtvr

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The Virginia State Police is investigating an unattended death of an inmate resident at Central State Hospital in Petersburg.
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Caring RN

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May 9, 2010
 
ANGRY AND CONFUSED wrote:
Excuse me Anonymous in Richmond. You are about to make ne very angry. Before you begin to assume that Justin was an harden criminal you would need to know his history. Justin never had any victims. There are no families suffering at the hand of my sons doing. Lets get one thing straight, Justin was not even suppose to be in that environment, he did not have a felony. My son had been picked up for overdosing on PCP and was given a restoration order to go to Western State Hospital. He was never ever suppose to go to Central State. If Western State would have started or given him time on the new drug they put him on, he would have been well and home by now. Instead someone decided that they could not handle him there, after telling me that his behavior was normal and that he will probably snap out of it. I trusted what I was being told by the staff that my son was safe and in good hands. Too often I was reassured that Justin would be doing well. I am so angry that this happened and I need to know who is responsible for his being sent to Central State Mental Hospital Forensic Unit. My son's Social Worker at Central State also reassured me that he would be fine. Today is the 8th of March and my son was due to come home, clean from drug use and stable. I had an exit plan to take him to Florida. Leaving this week. Instead I am burying my baby who has had his life snuffed out by a neglectful system and at the hands of a true hardend criminal. I really don't mean to come down on you so hard because I know that you were speaking out of a lack of the facts. Why was he there is still my question?
Coming from someone who used to work at Central State, I will say this. Central State is the only place out of western, eastern, and central State mental health hospitals that have a forensic ward. You wonder WHY he was sent to Central State and to the forensic ward of all places? Well from my understanding all individuals coming from prison ANYWHERE in the state of Virginia and needing to go to either Eastern State or Western State are brought to Central State for mental rehabilitation are first brought to Central State. Regardless of their criminal or lack of criminal history, they are brought into the intake ward..where its's 99.9% murders, etc awaiting trial. Your son Justin might have been sent there awaiting a competency hearing or to be mentally evaluated in preparation for further plans in treatment. I'm not so sure of his situation (if he came from a prison or if he was already at Western State) but that's typically what happens to individuals. I don't agree with it because I have worked that ward before and it is a rough place...espically if you are dealing with murders and you're a person who is just in need of help. Not to make excuses for others, but typically one's fate will lay within the treatment team and how determined they are to move a person to the location that is best suited for him and his situation...and unfortunately, with state funding and the number of patients that come thru that facility sometimes things don't run as smoothly as we hope.
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#83
Sep 3, 2010
 
klw wrote:
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all inmates are not dangerous!
I agree, all inmates are no dangerous--whatever ignoramous said that

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<quoted text>I agree, all inmates are no dangerous--whatever ignoramous said that
Do the "dangerous CONVICTS" wear a tag denoting that? Are you willing to bet your life that a prisoner is NOT dangerous? Silly me but I think there's a reason someone is in PRISON to start with. You seem to be eager to risk everyone else' life on this.
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#85
Sep 6, 2010
 
prison is better than central state.
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#86
Mar 2, 2011
 
My grandson is presently in central state hosp. And I need people who's willing to standup to goverment or anyone else to advocate for their loved one. To help fix our present system. For I have a story to tell and I'm sure there are many more from others. contract:memababy05@yahoo.com
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He had over 30 criminal charges. He was a criminal
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A Loving Cousin wrote:
Let us please remember that no matter how one labels "this young man", he has a family that dearly loves him and misses him a lot! He has a mother and father whose hearts are broken by a situation that did not have to happen, a sister who cries each night for her brother who is gone from her life forever, a grandma that must deal with the travesty of burying her grandson, and lots of loving cousins, aunts, uncles, friends and other family members who mourn this preventable loss. Let us remember that this young man is a human being, a child of God, who deserved to be treated with human dignity and a chance in life. God bless.
then why did they not raise this cretin better
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#89
Jan 18, 2013
 
Joe wrote:
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That right there is the problem!!! They are INMATES.Wards of the state. Period. Just because their surroundings change does not mean their status, or crimes did too. If you feel so strongly about them not being called inmates then get the governor to release them, restore their rights and you can invite them to dinner. Just remember that a lot of them are rapists, murderers and sexual predators.
I completely agree with you! I worked at Central State in the forensic unit. I was attacked, was out of work because of a back injury. A "patient/client" or whatever the state would like them to be called is crap!!! They are inmates! Murders, rapist, child molesters! Some of the "patients" were in and out of facility, jail to the CS -CS to jail. I saw and was involved in so many situations it was at times very stressful. It amazed me how I worked there and these criminals had more rights than me
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I completely agree with you! I worked at Central State in the forensic unit. I was attacked, was out of work because of a back injury. A "patient/client" or whatever the state would like them to be called is crap!!! They are inmates! Murders, rapist, child molesters! Some of the "patients" were in and out of facility, jail to the CS -CS to jail. I saw and was involved in so many situations it was at times very stressful. It amazed me how I worked there and these criminals had more rights than me
Old news..........

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Jan 20, 2013
 
new hammer time wrote:
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Old news..........
That you are a mentally deficient racist moron?

Yes it is no-show. Cowards like you never change nothead.
Justified

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#92
Jan 21, 2013
 
Do you mean to tell me that "TOVA" is not working.
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All I'm going to say is that I hope they looked into this incident in detail...I will remain anonymous because I work at the hospital in question. Incidents like this happen all too often because they send inmates to us that we are not equipped to handle and law protect the patient far beyond necessary. You can not touch these patients because they are protected by the mental health act and these laws leave the staff subjected to being abused by the patients. These conditions cause the staff to be a bit on edge because your job is always in jeopardy if you touch the patient in the wrong way; therefore, leaving you not wanting to be bothered with them. We are understaffed, underpayed, and left uncared for by administrators. There is no help for us when dangerous clients are left in our care.....
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old news...............

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Jan 21, 2013
 
new hammer time wrote:
old news..........
But still accurate.

That you are a mentally deficient racist moron?

Yes it is no-show. Cowards like you never change nothead.
new hammer time

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old news....t'thugLIEcans live in the past.

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#96
Jan 22, 2013
 
new hammer time wrote:
old news....t'thugLIEcans live in the past.
Not the past no-show.

You are still a black mentally deficient racist moron nothead.
new hammer time

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Not the past no-show.
You are still a black mentally deficient racist moron nothead.
gop...the dinosaur party
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gop...the rino(republicans in name only)saur party

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Jan 23, 2013
 
new hammer time wrote:
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gop...the dinosaur party
The Grand Old Party is superior to the DemocRATS in every way no-show.

Same as I am superior to a sub-huiman mentally deficient racist black coward like you nothead.

Every day, every way!
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The Grand Old Party is superior to the DemocRATS in every way no-show.
Same as I am superior to a sub-huiman mentally deficient racist black coward like you nothead.
Every day, every way!
gop(guns over ppl.)party....like hell y'all are/

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#101
Jan 24, 2013
 
new hammer time wrote:
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gop(guns over ppl.)party....like hell y'all are/
And yet, it is the DemocRATS that are proven liars. Hitlery on sniper fire and Benghazi, Kerry on Viet Nam and his medals, Biden about plagiarizing and the AR-15 being used at Sandyhook, no-show nothead about being "a top senior adviser to the governor".......

As I said, I am superior to you in every way possible nothead!

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