- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Advocates for inmates say Fresno county officials are agreeing to improve health care conditions for sick and mentally ill patients housed in the jail.

Attorneys for inmates said Wednesday that the county has settled a lawsuit alleging mistreatment of inmates at Fresno County Jail. Fresno is one of several counties facing litigation alleging poor jail conditions since the influx of thousands of state inmates to reduce prison overcrowding.

Attorneys say Fresno jail inmates were denied adequate health care and were endangered by inferior security. A settlement agreement calls for jail officials to provide chronically ill inmates medication and to offer those with mental illnesses breaks from solitary confinement.

Fresno Sheriff Margaret Mims said in a statement that the office “will work collaboratively to meet the obligations of the remedial plan.”

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