It was discovered that the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women in Virginia was separating inmates they felt had masculine attributes and putting them in their own cell block to separate them from the rest of the population. All of the links to this original story seems to be down. Hmm.
Now the warden, Barbara Wheeler, is stepping down in the middle of the investigation.
Department of Corrections spokesman Larry Traylor said Monday that Barbara Wheeler will retire as warden of Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women. He would not say when or provide other details.
State Sen. Frank Ruff, R-Mecklenburg, asked the department in June to look into allegations that the prison curtailed inmates’ access to religious services and separated masculine-looking prisoners from the rest of the population at the 1,200-inmate facility in Troy.
His request followed an Associated Press report in June that inmates — mostly lesbians — who wore short hair and baggy clothes and had more masculine features had been segregated in a wing commonly referred to as the ”butch wing” or ”little boys wing” for more than a year. Inmates and guards said the practice stopped after the AP questioned Wheeler about it.
Horrifying stories of what prisons do when you are not looking continue to outdo themselves.