Toothache at privately run prison in Virginia leads to legal ache in federal court | Virginia

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Conrad Burke had a temporary filling placed in a back tooth in January 2018, while being held at the Sussex I State Prison. Before it could be replaced with a permanent one, he was transferred to the Lawrenceville Correctional Center.

In April 2018, after arriving at Lawrenceville, the state’s only privately-run prison, the temporary filling fell out. He sought help but was told in writing that the prison did not have a dentist – as was required under its contract with the state of Virginia.

For six months, he sought help as the pain grew. “It was unbearable, excruciating pain to the point where it felt like my head was about to fall off,” Burke said Tuesday. “I couldn’t even sleep ……

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