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$5M Settlement for Family of California Jail Detainee Dead Following 46-Hour Chair Restraint

Andrew Holland died at the San Luis Obispo County Jail on January 22nd, 2017. Incarcerated since 2015 for public disturbance and resisting arrest, a judge ultimately ordered psychiatric treatment for his schizophrenia, though his transfer to a psychiatric facility was not effected even though space was reportedly available at the county facility. Instead, prior to his death, Holland was placed in an isolation cell for ten days and then chair restraint for forty-six hours.

California Jury Returns $2.5M Verdict Against County in Jail Death

On August 30th, 2017, a McKinleyville federal jury returned a $2.5 million verdict against Humboldt County for the death of Daren Borges, whose right to adequate medical care was held to be violated by three correctional officers who failed to have him medically evaluated despite the apparent and well-documented extremity of his methamphetamine intoxication, self-harming behavior and known history of schizophrenia.

$2.25M Settlement for Family of Cleveland Woman Asphyxiated During Police Restraint

In 2014, Tanisha Anderson, a 37-year-old Cleveland woman afflicted with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, was suffering an episode when her family called the police. When Officers Scott Aldridge and Bryan Myers arrived, a struggle ensued and Anderson was placed in the back of a police car. Her hands were cuffed behind her back and one of the officers pushed his knee into her back. Anderson asphyxiated, and the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office ruled her death a homicide.

$1M Settlement for Woman Shot by Police in Case with Broader Implications for Policing and Mental Illness

On October 14, 2016, U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer approved a settlement in the amount of $1 million for Teresa Sheehan, who in 2008 was pepper-sprayed and repeatedly shot in her San Francisco apartment after police responded to a report that she had threatened a social worker with a knife.

$500K Medical Negligence Settlement for California Federal Prisoner

On or about March 11th, 2011, Bernie Banuelous slipped in the shower at Federal Correctional Institute Lompoc and injured his knee and back. Following his injury, a Bureau of Prisons healthcare staffperson failed to order an x-ray for Banuelous’s back; a subsequent examination by another BOP internist yielded only a prescription to Ibuprofen and various exercises.

NYC Pays $5.75M Settlement for Death of Rikers Prisoner

On September 27th, 2016, New York City agreed to pay $5.75 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of Bradley Ballard, a mentally ill and diabetic Rikers Island prisoner who was found naked and covered in excrement after being locked in his cell for six days. The settlement is reportedly the largest ever paid by the city over the death of a prisoner in its custody.

$11.9M Verdict in PA Jail Suicide Case

In September 2016, a federal jury found that prison health care provider PrimeCare Medical Inc. must pay a combined $11.9 million to the estate of Mumun "Marty" Barbaros, who committed suicide in Pennsylvania's Monroe County Jail in 2009 following deliberate indifference on the part of jail staff to attend to his medical needs. The sum includes $8 million in punitive damages.

San Diego County Settles Jail Detainee's Overdose Death for $2.3M

On August 2, 2016, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted uaninmously to approve a settlement in the amount of $2.3 million for the family of Bernard Victorianne, who died in San Diego's central jail in 2012.

NPAP member attorneys Julia Yoo and Eugene Iredale represented Victorianne, alleging that his death resulted from "a systemic failure to investigate incidents of misconduct and deaths in the jail.”