- Associated Press - Friday, July 15, 2016

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. (AP) - A new state report says the 2015 death of an inmate at a Long Island jail could have been prevented.

Newsday reports (https://nwsdy.li/29J6WgX ) the state Commission of Corrections’ report on the death of 53-year-old Antonio Marinaccio Jr. says the Nassau County jail’s medical vendor failed to provide crucial care and one of its nurses abandoned the inmate after he stopped breathing.

The report also suggests that Armor Correctional Health Services may have tampered with or partially falsified the inmate’s medical records after his collapse.

The findings come after the state attorney general filed a lawsuit against Armor.

Armor says the company “strongly disagrees” with the commission’s findings.

Harry Demiris Jr., an attorney for the inmate’s family, says it’s shocking that Armor “failed to take any appropriate response that could have saved his life.”

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Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com


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