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Virgin Islands Prisoner's story on Racewire

Virgin Island Prisoners Who Won’t Cut Hair Held In Isolation In Virginia State Prisons


wallens_ridgeIn the early part of this decade, a prisoner named Bradley Maxwell got into trouble for refusing a haircut. He was serving time at the Wallens Ridge State Prison in Virginia. He had been convicted of a separate transgression back in his home in the Virgin Islands but was nevertheless shipped to Big Stone Gap, Virginia, in the United States.
Why was a state facility taking on an out-of-state convict? Simple. He was worth money. The Virgin Islands would pay Virginia $30,000 to house Maxwell. A sweet deal considering after its 1990’s prison boom Virginia had lots of extra prison space.
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