The complaint alleged assault by the individual defendants as well as failure to protect from cruel and unusual punishment against CCA.
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District of Columbia, securing the largest settlement ever in an inmate wrongful death suit against the District of Columbia. In 2005, with the help of Wiley Rein LLP, the DC Prisoners’ Project brought suit on behalf of prisoners at the over-crowded D. Jail against the Mayor of the District of Columbia for refusing to comply with DC law and impose a legal limit on the population at the DC Jail.
The case involved the stabbing death of Pearl Beale’s son, Givon Pendleton, and the near-fatal stabbing of another inmate in December 2002 at the DC Jail, during the bloodiest four-day period in the history of that facility. Pendleton, 24 years old, was being held at the Jail pending non-violent charges and was attacked by a man awaiting sentencing on first-degree murder charges in that overcrowded facility. In 2004, the DC Council passed the Jail Improvement Act (supported by then-Councilmember Fenty) which required, among other things, that there be a cap on the population at the Jail, which had been the scene of terrible violence in overcrowded conditions in 2002.
”), it’s unlikely that newly-covered prisoners will receive the natural health treatments for anxiety, depression, and other psychiatric disorders that could actually help.
Instead, they’ll be prescribed psychotropic drugs that are linked to violent (homicidal and suicidal) and criminal acts.
The FDA says that it is opposed to untested, “off-label” use of drugs.
Why doesn’t it stop this cruel experimenting with children on Medicaid?
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 18% of federal prisoners and nearly 17% of state prisoners say they committed their offense to obtain money for drugs, while up to 80% of inmates already have substance abuse problems.
Enrolling inmates in federal health programs could introduce populations already vulnerable to substance abuse to even more addictive drugs.
But if this program is implemented nationally, many of the seven million Americans behind bars, on parole, or on probation, as well as the thirteen million booked into county jails each year, would be eligible for taxpayer-subsidized drugs linked to violence.