- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - State prison officials and mental health advocates have settled a landmark lawsuit following the death of a mentally ill inmate who died after being kept in solitary confinement for 11 days while he was naked and cold.

The Greenville News (https://grnol.co/1UzUfol ) reported Wednesday that if the lawsuit is approved by the court, the agreement would end a class-action lawsuit on behalf of inmates by Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. against the South Carolina Department of Corrections and create an independent process to monitor a plan to “transform” how inmates with serious mental illnesses are treated.

Jerome Laudman died in isolation in 2008 from a heart attack and hypothermia after he appeared sick and stopped eating. The state eventually paid Laudman’s estate $1.2 million to settle a lawsuit.

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Information from: The Greenville News, https://www.greenvillenews.com

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