Wednesday, September 03, 2008

JAIL WATCH: At Least Stanley Lived to Tell The Story

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 (


Anonymous said...

And what about Michael TONEY since his transfert to Tarrant county jail? this jail where 6 inmates died last year because of no medical assistance,a newspaper reported.TONEY is an ordinary citizen: his fraudulous conviction was reversed in December.
What a strange situation: the 3 CRIMINAL investigators and the 3 CRIMINAL prosecutors are FREE, and their VICTIM is IN the Tarrant county horrible JAIL, at the mercy of accomplice Tim CURRY's office harrassment. The jail medical advice was:"No anti soja diet!" (because Michael TONEY developped a lethal allergy to soja at Polunski) and "he is in danger of a heart break and death."
Last Sunday, bleeding because a kidney infection(by the jail fault!)he had to wait FOUR hours before a medical visit. And 4 days later, to my knowledge, he had not yet any medecine against this infection.

Anonymous said...

If Michael TONEY had the good idea to DIE, what a relief for those who failed in their attempt to have him executed to close the BLOUNT's case!
Otherwise, they are going to flouder in their mud for 2 or 3 years "to try to restore the public confidence in its texan justice".