Over at Grits for Breakfast, Scott Henson gives a rundown on the recent $900,000 verdict against the Dallas Jail -- where the federal jury found former jail inmate Stanley Shepherd's constitutional rights had indeed been violated.
How? Stanley was found to have been wrongfully denied basic medical care during his 2003 stay in Dallas County's Lew Sterrett Justice Center. (Stanley was being held on some burglary and drug charges.) He wasn't given his high blood pressure medicine, and as a result, he's suffered permanent disabilities.
Henson's also got a nice wrap-up about the state of our local jail -- including listing several analogous tragedies, which bring to mind that Stanley did fare better than some other folk: there are those who have died in that jail from not getting their meds.
Grits for Breakfast, August 27, 2008 (http://gritsforbreakfast.blogspot.com/2008/08/jury-awards-fat-verdict-against-dallas.html)