Superintendent resigns from beleaguered jail in Virginia
PRINCE GEORGE, Va. (AP) — The superintendent of a jail in Virginia has resigned after only nine months. She had been hired to lead the jail in the wake of scrutiny over inmate deaths and allegations that it mistreated prisoners.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that Col. Carmen DeSadier appeared to fail to overcome internal staff resistance to her management practices at the facility in central Virginia.
She surprised board members of the Riverside Regional Jail Authority when she submitted her resignation last week.
DeSadier's management practices had become the subject of an investigation by an outside law firm. The investigation began after the board said it received “numerous concerns" from senior staff members.
DeSadier was hired at a time when the jail faced significant operational and financial issues. The jail had seen four of its current or former administrators called before judges to answer for alleged mistreatment of prisoners.
In July, the state's Board of Corrections placed the jail on “probationary certification” after two inmates committed suicide in their cells in 2017. The wife of one of the inmates filed a $2.7 million wrongful death suit.
The jail is in Prince George County and serves Petersburg, Hopewell, Colonial Heights and the counties of Chesterfield, Charles City, Surry and Prince George.