According to surveillance video and sworn statements filed as part of a civil lawsuit, Georgia’s troubled prison system has agreed to pay $2.2 million to the family of a transgender woman whose suicide threats were ignored and who was left hanging in her cell for several minutes before receiving medical help.
The deal is one of the largest wrongful death settlements in Georgia prison history, and it comes as the Justice Department launches a broad civil rights inquiry into accusations of unlawful mistreatment of prisoners in Georgia prisons.
Jenna Mitchell would have been 29 years old last month. Mitchell’s family is still in sorrow four years after she died in the hospital after hanging herself with bedsheets while in solitary confinement.
“The cash deal barely nudges any type of justice,” Mitchell’s mother, Sheba Maree, told CNN in an exclusive interview. “I’d rather have my child… nothing will ever. This is blood money to me, and I will not stop until the persons responsible for her killing are held accountable.”
Maree has requested that the death be investigated criminally. She feels the guards ignored her kid because she was transsexual.
For years, citizens, family members, and civil rights organizations have complained about what they call terrible conditions in Georgia state prisons, such as feces- and urine-covered cells owing to sewage backups and prisoner-on-prisoner assaults.
The officer and sergeant, according to the lawsuit, disregarded Mitchell’s requests for aid and then failed to respond in a timely manner when she attempted to hang herself in her cell.
The footage, which lacks audio, also depicts an unnamed convict who served as an orderly at the jail near Mitchell’s cell. As per a declaration provided over by the family’s attorneys as part of the discovery process and seen with CNN, the orderly, whose name was blacked from court filings, claimed he attempted to get the sergeant and prison officer to help Mitchell.
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