As one of the terms of the December 2020 settlement to a case in the United States District Court, Roanoke Division, the Virginia Department of Corrections has agreed to make a change to one of its operating procedures. Operating Procedure 841.4 has been changed to reflect the addition of the following language pertaining to inmates held in restrictive housing:
2. On days that showers and/or outside recreation are scheduled at the facility, a supervisor will blow their whistle and make an announcement, at the beginning of their round, to alert inmates to their presence and to determine which inmates want to participate in showers and/or outside recreation.
Plaintiff Mr. Denis Rivera was represented by John Fishwick in Denis Rivera v. Randall C. Mathena el al, Civil Action No. 7:16cv346. Mr. Fishwick represented Mr. Rivera pursuant to the Court’s pro bono initiative for representation for incarcerated individuals in civil rights cases.