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HRRJ superintendent retires, assistant superintendent to take over

David Hackworth will step down as superintendent of the Hampton Roads Regional Jail in the beginning of March.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The leader of a local jail that's been at the center of a lot of controversy is about to retire.

David Hackworth will step down as superintendent of the Hampton Roads Regional Jail in the beginning of March. He's served in the role for almost two years, including when the Justice Department issued a scathing report, accusing the jail of violating its inmates' Constitutional rights.

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Hackworth told 13News Now that scrutiny served as an opportunity for jail staff to improve, and make sure they do what they're supposed to do.

The jail's assistant superintendent, Lt. Colonel Christopher Walz, will step into the role when Hackworth retires as interim superintendent.

Credit: Hampton Roads Regional Jail
Lt. Colonel Christopher Walz