Every week at some prison in America, settlements and judgements due to abuse like this cost YOU millions of dollars! Money needlessly spent, which could have been avoided if D O C staff and their contractors just did what they legally are required to do!
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Georgia’s prison system has agreed to pay $2.2 million to the family of a transgender woman who died while at a men’s prison four years ago. Jenna Mitchell hung herself on Dec. 4, 2017 while serving a 10-year sentence at the Valdosta State Prison.
According to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia on her family’s behalf, prison staff ignored multiple threats of suicide and failed to keep Mitchell safe.
The settlement was a record-setting wrongful death settlement in Georgia’s prison system according to David Shanies, the civil rights attorney who represented the family.
But Mitchell’s mother, Sheba Maree, told CNN earlier this week that, “the financial settlement is barely nudging any kind of justice…
“I’d rather have my child … nothing will ever, ever, ever, ever take the place of my child. To me, this is blood money, and I will not stop until the people involved with her death are held responsible,” she said.
Mitchell, 25, “had a history of mental illness, was suffering from gender identity issues, and had engaged in a pattern of suicidal and self-harming behavior,” her mother said, according to the suit.
Two days before Mitchell hung herself with bedsheets in her cell, her mother received a letter in which her daughter said she was going to pull a “suicide stunt.”
At that time she had been housed in solitary confinement for more than two weeks, NBC News reported.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the launch of an investigation into the treatment conditions of inmates housed in prisons in Georgia.
The announcement came after an increase in homicides within the state’s correctional system.
The probe is looking into whether the state is offering inmates “reasonable protection from physical harm at the hands of other prisoners,” while focusing on violations by the Georgia Department of Corrections under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act — the rights of prisoners guaranteed under the 8th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment.
The department also reaffirmed its commitment to investigate “whether Georgia provides lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex prisoners reasonable protection from sexual abuse by other prisoners and by staff” — by expanding on an existing federal inquiry started in 2016.
In April, Ashley Diamond, a transgender woman who was also being held in a men’s prison in Georgia, told a judge that she had been sexually assaulted 16 times — including three times by Georgia Department of Corrections staff. She has also been denied lifesaving gender-dysphoria care, according to a lawsuit.