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Va. women's prison warden to retire amid questions

The warden at Virginia's largest women's prison is retiring amid allegations the prison discriminated against gay inmates and denied others access to religious services.

Department of Corrections spokesman Larry Traylor says Barbara Wheeler is retiring as warden of Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women. He did not say when she would retire.

Wheeler will be replaced by Wendy Hobbs, the warden at Virginia Correctional Center for Women.

Republican Sen. Frank Ruff asked the department in June to look into allegations that the prison curtailed inmate's access to religious services and separated masculine-looking prisoners from the rest of the population at the 1,200-inmate facility.

Telephone and e-mail messages for Wheeler were not immediately returned.

-- The Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 28, 2009; 2:07 PM ET
Categories:  Prison Beat , Virginia  
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Why are higher-ups always allowed to retire, rather than be fired?

Posted by: jckdoors | December 28, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

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