A private prison killed an inmate through negligence, El Paso lawyer says
Story in the Midland Reporter-Telegram titled Dead man’s family seeks answers in wake of prison riots:
PECOS — The death of a 32-year-old epileptic inmate in solitary confinement at Reeves County Detention Center last Dec. 12 touched off the first of two riots that saw fires set and hostages taken, said an attorney who represents the inmate’s family.
Some of the privately-run federal lockup’s 2,400 inmates, many of them illegal immigrants, had complained of woeful health care after the riots west of Pecos on Dec. 12-13 and Jan. 31-Feb. 1.
But the story now centers on 32-year-old Jesus Manuel Galindo of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, who El Paso lawyer Miguel “Mike” Torres” claims was improperly treated.
Representing Galindo’s wife, three children and parents with co-counsel Leon Schydlower, Torres said Wednesday that a doctor with a Lubbock physicians’ group that contracts with the prison examined Galindo just before his death.
“The doctor said Jesus had an attitude problem because he was complaining about the lack of medical treatment that killed him three days later,” said Torres. “He had no business being in the SHU (Security Housing Unit) because he was only in for minor infractions, not fighting or worse. His mom had been calling almost daily to say he was not feeling well and was having seizures.
“They tried to contact the administration and say, ‘Bring him back and we will watch him.’ You have to take this type of medication (Dilantin) at precise times at well-monitored therapeutic levels.”