Corizon Prison Healthcare, the prison healthcare provider for the Lee County Jail in central Florida loses 1.2 million in a lawsuit. Brett Fields brought a civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 alleging an Eighth Amendment claim for deliberate indifference to Plaintiff’s serious medical condition while Brett was confined in the Lee County Jail.
A four-day jury trial was held in March 2011. The jury returned a verdict in favor of deliberate indifferent to Mr. Fields serious medical needs and that Defendant Corizon Prison Healthcare acts were the proximate cause of Plaintiff’s damages.
The jury determined that Plaintiff was entitled to $700,000 in compensatory damages and $500,000 in punitive damages. (Note to readers – Punitive damages are intended to reform or deter the defendant and others from engaging in conduct similar to that which formed the basis of the lawsuit). The Court entered Final Judgment in favor of Mr. Fields on March 22, 2011. On September 2, 2011, the Court denied Corizon Prison Healthcare’s Motion for Judgment as a Matter of Law and Motion for a New Trial.
Prison Healthcare companies and private prisons view the decision as part of doing business. You would think they would want to stop these lawsuits but it is cheaper to pay them off then to straighten out the problems.
I actually want to help the prison companies because I know by helping them I am helping the people they are denying care. The solution to the problem is easy. Independent evaluations and inspections.