Tuesday, October 31, 2017 12:01 AM

CHATTANOOGA JUDGE INTERVENES FOR SILVERDALE INMATES CLAIMING POOR MEDICAL ATTENTION - CHATTANOOGA TIMES FREE PRESS

One local judge is calling out Silverdale officials concerning their poor medical treatment. One local judge is calling out Silverdale officials... Photo by Tim Barber /Times Free Press. A Chattanooga judge is using his courtroom to dig into inmate allegations of delayed medical care at a privately owned jail. Criminal Court Judge Tom Greenholtz has subpoenaed Silverdale Detention Center officials in five cases over the past few months to explain why nonviolent inmates are complaining about medical abuses. Their allegations include an untreated broken bone, denial of prescribed medication, irregular pill calls, unhealthy food, and inaccurate write-ups that inmates are "refusing treatment." CoreCivic, the private company that has managed the facility for Hamilton County since 1984, said medical privacy laws prevented it from commenting on these details but stressed its commitment to inmate safety and well-being. Jail deaths aren't uncommon, whether the facility has been county owned or privately owned. In August 2016, 26-year-old Madison Deal died from pneumonia caused by heroin withdrawal that Silverdale staffers didn't treat for nearly a week, her family's attorneys said. In May, 45-year-old Jeffery Simmons experienced a "medical emergency" and died at the county jail even though his family said deputies knew he had ...

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