Prison Deaths

Victor Frederick, 52, Franklin County Jail, Ohio, had a history of hypertension and diabetes. He suffered chest pain while on his 10th day in jail and died at a local hospital. CMS comment: "CMS health care professionals provided appropriate medical services to Mr. Frederick following a brief flu-like illness".

Charles Guffey, 39, lost 23 pounds in 10 days and begged for help. He was told to return to his cell and ‘let inmate justice take its course.’ He died of a perforated ulcer. Two members of the medical staff of CMS have been indicted for manslaughter in his death. He had been arrested for failing to appear in court on drug charges.

Roy Hilton, 46, Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe, died of heart failure six weeks after a doctor diagnosed an urgent need for surgery. CMS comment: "The allegation that the health care professionals attempted to prevent Mr. Hilton from surgery has been proven untrue in a court of law." A wrongful death lawsuit was dismissed by a federal judge, who said Hilton’s negligence in delaying the surgery was to blame.

Lorenzo Ingram Sr., 56, St. Clair Correctional Facility, in Alabama, was one of four Alabama prisoners to die after technicians put the wrong chemical in their kidney dialysis machine. CMS comment: "We believe that Southeast Dialysis (a subcontractor) employees may have used an incorrect dialysis solution." The company’s contract was terminated. Family sued and reached a settlement with CMS on the third day of the trial.

Marvin Johnson, 28, Little Rock Arkansas, Pulaski County Jail, was denied insulin for 30 hours. Despite his pleas for help, jailers and employees of CMS denied Johnson his life-sustaining shots. CMS staff said they couldn’t confirm his prescription. CMS accused Johnson of ‘faking his condition’. In his 30 hour wait for insulin, he told three nurses and six sheriff'’ deputies that he was an insulin-dependent diabetic and needed medicine. He died of diabetic ketoacidosis. CMS Comment: "Johnson would not cooperate with health care staff who were unable to confirm immediately whether Mr. Johnson was a diabetic." Johnson’s family sued CMS and the jail. This case underscores how deadly it can be for a medical staff to wrongly accuse an inmate of malingering.

David Jones, 42, Greensville Virginia Correctional Center died of blood poisoning after a diabetic ulcer on his foot became infected. CMS comment: The company said "health care professionals were attentive to Mr. Jones’ medical needs". Lawsuit filed; final order pending.

Calvin Moore, 18 of Montgomery Alabama. "Is there a God?" Those words, spoken during a phone call from prison, were the last ones Calvin Moore’s family ever heard from him. Calvin Moore wound up catatonic and lost 56 pounds after serving only a few weeks of a two-year sentence. He died after suffering severe mental illness, dehydration and starvation. CMS says he was given ‘appropriate and compassionate care’. CMS Comment: "It is clear the health care staff provided appropriate and compassionate care."

Dorothy Masters, 45, Renz Correctional Center, Missouri, suffered from hypotension, leading to cardiac arrest, after a prison doctor prescribed a drug that interacted with medication she was taking. CMS Comment: "Staff was extremely attentive to her needs and acted promptly and appropriately to deal with her medical condition." Master’s daughter sued CMS and the case was settled.

Robert Moore, Jr., 28, Fayette County Kentucky Detention Center died while going through detoxification in jail. He was not properly assessed while going through drug withdrawals. CMS comment: The company declined comment.

Jacqueline Reich, 40, Washoe County Detention Center, Nevada, was an insulin dependent diabetic whose diabetic diet and insulin doses were cancelled by the doctor, who did not examine her or speak to her. She was dead two days later. The State Board of Nursing cited 7 nurses for wrongdoing in the case, revoking or suspending their licenses or putting them on probation. The treating doctor was put on four years probation by the state medical licensing board. CMS comment : "Reich’s death was unfortunate."

Henry Simmons Jr. died of a heart attack in a Virginia prison when a doctor’s orders for tests were ignored.

Joseph Super, not incarcerated at the time of his death, was first treated at Central Missouri Correctional Center where he was serving time for possession of marijuana. He was a prisoner who underwent treatment after being exposed to tuberculosis in prison. He died of liver damage after health care providers failed to monitor him. CMS comment: "All of the treatment provided the patient was well within commonly accepted standards of care." A lawsuit was filed against CMS.

Jerome Walton, 28, Virginia jail. Walton was jailed on February 14 and told officials he had an appointment for kidney dialysis later that afternoon. He was taken for dialysis two days later when he was already very ill. CMS comment: "The company said its medical staff ‘responded promptly’ after Walton had a seizure and suffered cardiac arrest." It said "the autopsy results showed Walton had cocaine in his system and had a history of previous seizures." His mother sued CMS and settled confidentially.

Eloy Triana, 49 Central New Mexico Correctional Facility, visited the infirmary several times before his death, complaining of chest pain. On his last infirmary visit, he complained of chest pain and was told to fill out a sick call slip and return to his cell. He collapsed 40 minutes later and died of a heart attack. CMS comment: "Mr. Triana received appropriate care during his incarceration".