VOL. 132 | NO. 156 | Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Lawsuits Allege Poor Medical Care at Tennessee Jail
The Associated Press
HUNTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A jail in Tennessee is accused in three federal lawsuits of not providing adequate medical care to its inmates.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reported on Monday the lawsuits were brought on behalf of inmates Tammy Brawner, Benny Shane Pemberton and Jesse Perry, all of whom allegedly suffered ailments while incarcerated at the Scott County Jail.
The jail failed a surprise inspection by the Tennessee Corrections Institute in July 2016 due to problems with its medical care. But in a follow-up report, the TCI reported the deficiencies were corrected.
Days later, Brawner was hospitalized and suffered a permanent brain injury. Pemberton died after the lawsuit alleges jail staff ignored his cries for help while suffering from an untreated infection that spread to his brain. Perry contracted tuberculosis during his confinement.
Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, www.knoxnews.com
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