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DEATH WITHOUT CONVICTION: Negligence caused prisoner’s death, suit alleges

Rhonda Newsome

Continuing investigation by Palestine Herald into the custody death of 50 year old Rhonda Newsome.

In a federal suit filed in US District Court Wednesday, the family of former Anderson County prisoner Rhonda Newsome claims a tragic denial of desperately needed medical care led to Newsome's death last year.

“Newsome was essentially tortured by improper and over-medication,” the suit alleges. “[She] sat in a jail cell, suffering for more than five days from a life threatening condition that was known to jailers, supervisors, and jail medical staff.”

Court documents, obtained Thursday by the Herald-Press, cited a “culture of negligence by jail staff towards inmates, and a systemic lack of proper medical care at the jail, including the illegal dispensing of prescription drugs to inmates by non-medical personnel.”


Patrick, W. 08/22/2019 DEATH WITHOUT CONVICTION: Negligence caused prisoner's death, suit allegesPalestine Herald-Press.

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