Snapper Tams


This comment recounts a recent tragedy that occurred in the Common- wealth of Virginia that resulted from neglect of a mentally ill inmate in the state’s correctional system. Mentally ill inmates have been long ignored by the Commonwealth as a result of lack of funds and resources available to correctional facilities. The General Assembly has considered legislation that would prevent stories like the one in this comment, but legislators delayed action and prioritized other matters. This comment calls upon the General Assembly to take these tragedies seriously and put mentally ill in- mates on the agenda in 2018.