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VA Warden Fired in Foodbank Theft

On October 13, 1999, Vanessa Crawford was fired as warden of the Pocahontas Correctional Unit. Two other unidentified Virginia DOC employees were also fired. The firings stemmed From the theft of food at the Central Virginia Foodbank (CVF).

CVF was started in 1995 as a joint public/private venture whereby women prisoners at Pocahontas would process tractor trailer loads of food for CVF. Crawford and the other fired DOC employees were stealing food from the program. News accounts did not list the amounts or value of the stolen property.

Virginia prisoner Vicki Depew claims she was retaliated against and transferred to a different prison after she exposed the theft of foodbank food by Virginia prison officials.

Source: Richmond Times Dispatch

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