Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Woman dies in jail after being deprived of water

Here's another case of a person dying in what amounts to a debtors' prison - and we won't stop short of saying the victim was tortured to death.

Last July, a South Carolina woman went to a hospital for a stomach illness. Then she was taken to the Charleston County Jail when it was discovered she couldn't pay a fine for a minor shoplifting charge from back in 2011. It's unknown how police found out she was hospitalized.

She died in jail a day later after being deprived of water. She had vomited all night and was denied access to a restroom. Jail staffers ignored officials' requests to take care of her.

Now the jail's medical contractor - Carolina Center for Occupational Health - is facing a lawsuit for her death.