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Hampton Roads Regional Jail accused of failing to assist with death probe

Hampton Roads Regional Jail is accused of failing to cooperate with an investigation into three other inmate deaths.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — A Virginia jail that came under state scrutiny after the 2015 death of a mentally ill man is now being accused of failing to cooperate with an investigation into three other inmate deaths. 

The state Board of Corrections sent a sternly worded letter to the superintendent of Hampton Roads Regional Jail last month, saying the jail's response to a request for investigative records of the inmate deaths “is wholly inadequate.” 

The jail was heavily criticized after the death of Jamycheal Mitchell, who wasted away in a cell after a series of failures stopped him from being transferred to a state mental hospital. 

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