How many more such tragedies and wastes of YOUR money do we have to see before people raise hell about it! Such situations could easily be prevented at a tiny fraction of what this now costs. And it is YOUR taxpayer money thus wasted!
As for the settlement “policy changes”, unless there is vigorous monitoring and enforcement, that is not worth the paper it is written on! How do I know? From my observations and vast experience! SEE related articles on this website.
What can YOU do? You can write a letter to the editor about it! READ How YOU can Become a Powerful Force for Change!
Excerpts from the Article:
A privately-owned Delaware County prison has agreed to pay $7 million to the family of a mentally ill inmate who was allegedly mistreated by staff, denied psychiatric treatment and encouraged to kill herself by a guard. Additionally, the owner of the George W. Hill Correctional Facility, Community Education Centers Inc., agreed to implement policy reforms in its facilities geared toward preventing future suicides.
Janene Wallace, 35, who suffered from depression, anxiety and paranoia, committed suicide on May 26, 2015, during a 52-day period in solitary confinement. Wallace committed suicide by hanging herself from a ventilation grate with her bra. She had been incarcerated for violating probation for a conviction of making terroristic threats against another woman over the phone, according to court papers.
Kline & Specter attorney David Inscho represented Susanne Wallace, Janene Wallace’s mother, in the case.
“This is a significant recovery against a private company operating the Delaware County jail. A private prison company, even though it performs a government function, was not entitled to immunity and could be held responsible under the common law of the commonwealth,” Inscho said in an email, adding that the settlement was also significant because the policy changes the company agreed to will prevent mentally ill people from being held in solitary confinement and inmates from being placed in restricted housing units without proper monitoring. “This will hopefully prevent similar tragedies going forward.”
Her mother also claimed in court papers that a guard told her to “go ahead and choke herself” after she threatened to commit suicide.
However, according to the defendants’ papers, “Ms. Wallace refused any medical or mental health treatment while at the prison, which appears consistent with her behavior outside of prison where plaintiff has testified that her daughter refused treatment, and specifically, mental health treatment, in the years before her incarceration.”