Family of Man Who Died From Starvation in Indiana Jail Awarded $7.25 Million Settlement

The family of a man who died after starving in an Indiana jail while being held in solitary confinement for three weeks has secured a $7.25m settlement, Michael Sainato reports for The Guardian. Joshua McLemore, who had a history of schizophrenia and substance abuse – died in 2021 at the jail in Jackson county, Indiana. His estate filed a lawsuit in April 2023, alleging that the lockup’s staff failed to provide proper care and violated his civil rights by failing to monitor his condition. The lawsuit detailed how McLemore had refused to eat while in the jail, where he was locked, naked, in a small, windowless cell for 20 days after his arrest on 20 July 2021, in the end becoming too weak to lift his own body after refusing to eat. McLemore died of multiple organ failure on 10 August 2021 after losing nearly 45 lbs while in solitary confinement. The settlement is thought to be the state’s largest ever in connection with the death of an incarcerated person.

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