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Inmate Files Federal Lawsuit Against Red Onion State Prison Over Medical Neglect

Written by: Sam Orlando

ROANOKE, VIRGINIA – Jules Moultrie, an inmate currently housed at Wallens Ridge State Prison, has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia against Red Onion State Prison, claiming medical neglect and seeking compensation for pain and suffering. The civil action, numbered 7:24-cv-00156, alleges serious medical issues were disregarded by the prison's medical staff, particularly focusing on a hernia that Moultrie claims was left untreated, leading to worsening conditions.

Details of the Complaint

According to the lawsuit filed on March 1, 2024, Moultrie asserts that despite filing an emergency medical request on September 20, 2023, Red Onion State Prison failed to arrange necessary surgery for his hernia, which he has had for about a year. It was only upon his transfer to Wallens Ridge State Prison on November 15, 2023, that a doctor evaluated him, confirmed the severity of his condition, and recommended surgery.

Moultrie’s complaint underlines a systemic issue of medical care neglect within the prison system, highlighting the delay and denial of essential healthcare. The filing stresses the mental and physical suffering endured by Moultrie as a result of this alleged neglect, underscoring the broader implications for inmate health and safety.

Legal and Health Implications

The lawsuit raises critical questions about the standards of healthcare provided to inmates and the responsibilities of prison facilities under federal law to ensure adequate medical treatment. Moultrie seeks compensation for the alleged negligence that led to his prolonged pain and suffering, putting a spotlight on the necessity for timely and appropriate medical interventions for all inmates.

Jury Trial Requested

Moultrie has requested a trial by jury, indicating a push for a public and transparent examination of the facts surrounding his claims. This legal move underscores the growing concern over inmate healthcare rights and the need for accountability and reform in prison healthcare practices.

Looking Ahead

As the case progresses, it will be closely watched by legal experts, civil rights activists, and those advocating for prison reform. This lawsuit could potentially influence policies surrounding inmate healthcare, urging corrections facilities to prioritize timely medical responses and treatments.

The Department of Corrections has not yet publicly responded to the lawsuit. The outcome of this case could set a significant precedent for how medical complaints and emergencies are handled in prisons across the United States, emphasizing the critical balance between security and the fundamental healthcare rights of inmates.


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