- Associated Press - Monday, May 11, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Pulaski County jail is reviewing its procedures following a now-settled lawsuit alleging pregnant inmates received improper medical care, resulting in the death of one infant.

Court records show the lawsuit filed against sheriff Doc Holladay, several other jail staff and contractors was settled for more than $179,000, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1KBEJlx ) reported. A judge granted a motion to dismiss the lawsuit earlier this month.

Holladay said the reviewing and rewriting of medical protocols has been ongoing for several weeks. He said the assessment is partly due to the lawsuit.

“Every time there is a circumstance like one of these cases, we always review the process in terms of how deputies responded, what action was taken, how medical staff responded,” Holladay said. “When we see that there are needs for either changes or revisions, we go ahead and do that.”

According to the suit, a woman’s son died because of a lack of prenatal care while she was in the lockup. She delivered the baby in a toilet area at the jail in September 2012. She received $100,000 in the settlement.

The lawsuit alleged that because of the jail’s practices, one woman gave birth to her child inside an ambulance and several others miscarried.

“I’m pleased that the county settled,” said Luther Sutter, the attorney for the plaintiffs. “I thought it was a reasonable monetary settlement. But what I’m most proud of is the fact the county is agreeing to alter its procedures in how it treats female inmates.”

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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