Prisoners; notification of tertiary care. (HB2215)

Introduced By

Del. Nick Rush (R-Christiansburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Board of Corrections; notification of tertiary care of prisoner. Requires the Board of Corrections to promulgate regulations for state and local correctional facilities requiring that notification be made to a prisoner's family or stated emergency contact person whenever a prisoner is moved within or without his assigned facility for the purposes of tertiary care. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/15/2015Presented and ordered printed 15103085D
01/15/2015Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/20/2015Assigned MPPS sub: #3
01/26/2015Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/10/2015Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety


MJ Williams writes:

Inmates are still humans. Every health care facility has policies in place to notify an emergency contact when there is any significant change of condition. Our state has implemented many programs to encourage family / significant other contact with the hope this would foster positive relationships. Many times the healing process, mental or physical, can be fostered by family support. Policies can be developed to assure families are made aware of tertiary care,if the inmate elects,without jeopardizing safety.

The daughter of my friend had a life-threatening reaction to a medication while incarcerated. My friend received no notification that her daughter had been transfered to an ICU provider; her daughter wasn't allowed to communicate with her family when she needed encouragement the most. A sweet little boy couldn't hear his mothers voice for days.

Please support HB 2215

Kaci Willis writes:

The point of being incarcerated is being removed from society not removed from humanity. If someone is placed in critical care the family has a right to know, thankfully the above situation did not end up being fatal but I'm sure there are other cases that have and families never had a chance to say their final goodbyes.

Edith Woodford writes:

Recidivism is important to reduce our inmate population. Our state has been working hard to reduce recidivism. This would be another step in closing the gap between inmates and families. It is the humane thing to do; inmates need to know that there is a bridge to the family when they have a mental and/or physical issue that requires tertiary care.

Please support HB 2215

robert legge writes:

Who would be against this?

MJ Williams writes:

Robert, I hope no one. During my research, there isn't a clear protocol that I could find for inmates that are housed in facilities that have contracted medical care. A friend works at a prison in VA which does have a notification process. Many times the public relies upon the judgement of the employee supervising the inmate.

jessica tuck writes:

I support this bill.because people are incarcerated does not mean they should be kept from their family.I have a brother that is in prison and if something bad would happen to him I think the family should be notified ASAP. Just because people are in jail does not mean they should be kept isolated. Prisoners are humans not animals.