Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Death by Deliberate Indifference

A lawsuit recently filed against CCA alleges that guards at the West Tennessee Detention Center acted with deliberate indifference, which led to the death of a mentally ill man who had threatened suicide on multiple occasions.  Prison staff consistently failed to ensure that the prisoner was taking his psychotropic medications, which is especially terrible considering he explicitly told doctors he planned on storing them up to take all at once and commit suicide.  So he stockpiled the medications and took a lot of them one day, then got violently ill, suffered seizures, and lapsed into a coma, while he was put in an observation cell and only checkd on every 6 hours.  Are you terribly surprised that he died as a result?  I'm not.

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