Virginia inmate sues prison system for better medical care

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC)  —  A Virginia inmate says the Commonwealth is denying him life-saving medical care.

Terry Riggleman is suing the Virginia Department of Corrections because he says it refuses to treat his Hepatitis C.

His attorneys are fighting to get him access to an anti-viral drug that can cure him of the disease.

“With the medicine that is currently available, Mr. Riggleman can be cured,” explains Mike Donovan. His company Nexus Services is paying for Riggleman’s legal team.

The class action lawsuit alludes that the Department of Corrections doesn’t want to pay for the potentially life-saving drug.

“Whether the Virginia Department of Corrections wants to accept it or not, even convicted inmates are entitled to humane treatment and protected under the Constitution of the United States of America,” insists Reverend Frank Jackson, who leads the organization ‘Americans Resisting Minority & Ethnic Discrimination.’

Riggleman’s attorneys believe up to 40% of the people incarcerated are infected with Hepatitis C.

They’re hoping a judge will force Virginia prisons to treat those inmates with the anti-viral drug that can cure them.

A spokesperson for the Department of Corrections says VDOC doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

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