The following quote may be attributed to ACLU of Virginia Executive Director Claire Guthrie Gastañaga: "We are encouraged that the U.S. Department of Justice has seen fit to fully investigate whether the Hampton Roads Regional Jail violates prisoners' rights, particularly those in need of medical and mental health care. It is our belief that any mentally ill inmate at HJJR is at serious, imminent risk, and we appreciate the urgency with which the Justice Department is now pursuing answers and solutions to a mountain of troubling human, procedural and operational issues. The Department should act swiftly and leave no stone unturned to bring justice to Mr. Mitchell and look beyond his case to examine generally the process of incarcerating rather than treating mental illness."
Read: ACLU-VA joint letter urging U.S. Justice Department to investigate the Hampton Roads Regional Jail.