7 inmates have died in Va. local/regional jails since review law passed Feb. 25

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Seven people have died in Virginia's local and regional jails since the General Assembly passed a law requiring official reviews of inmate deaths.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports although the law was passed Feb. 25, the reviews haven't started because the funding for an investigator won't be available until after the law goes into effect July 1.

According to data from the Virginia Department of Corrections, the deaths since Feb. 25 include two at Hampton Roads Regional Jail, two at Riverside Regional Jail and one at Henrico County Jail's western facility. Two of the deaths -- those of Jamycheal Mitchell and Henry Stewart -- sparked a public outcry over the lack of oversight of Virginia's jails.

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It's unclear whether any of these deaths will be reviewed retroactively once the new law takes effect.

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