Lawsuits filed against Tulsa County Jail

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 7/02/2013 8:17 pm Published: 7/02/2013 5:35 pm

FOX23 has learned lawsuits are piling up against the Tulsa County Jail.

In addition to a recent story about a paralyzed man slowly dying in his cell; his family is suing the jail.

FOX23 also found four other deaths and one near-death in which lawsuits have been filed.

Those cases all happened since 2009 and the common thread in the accusations targets the medical staff.

The medical staff are accused of not treating inmates, not treating them soon enough or mistreating them.

Among the cases uncovered by FOX23: inmate Charles Jernigan's.

His family is suing, claiming the medical staff knew he was suicidal, that he asked to see a doctor, but didn't get the chance.

Jernigan hung himself in 2009.

Another lawsuit involves the deaths of three people and near-death of a fourth.

The first, according to court documents, Read Salgado, died in June 2011.

Records allege the medical staff knew she had severe health problems and nobody checked on her for days.

She was found hours after she died.

The lawsuit also claims her medical records were later falsified.

This same lawsuit says Gregory Brown died in March 2012 after the jail's doctor severely misdiagnosed his health problems and refused to send him to a hospital.

In June 2012, the lawsuit claims Bridget Nicole Reville came to the jail with diabetes, epilepsy and severe mental illness.

The lawsuit claims she wasn't given meds on occasion, was given too many on another and also tried to hang herself.

In February of this year, the lawsuit claims Gwendolyn Young died when the jail's medical staff failed to monitor her serious heart problems.

Through court documents FOX23 has also learned numerous audits of the jail since 2007 raised concern over the lack of sufficient medical care in the jail.

In 2010, the National Commission on Correctional Health Care even put the jail on probation because of its findings.

Officials with the jail told FOX23 they were unable to comment on these incidents because of ongoing litigation.

FOX23 called the attorney for Correctional Healthcare Management of Oklahoma to get a response.

We were told Alex Vosler was out of the office but our message would be given to him.

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Mayor Maynot - 7/4/2013 10:34 AM
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Dirty Sermon (aka unwashed mass) Like separate grains of sand living in a fairytale fantasy land if you think you can pin offenses like this on any one or all individual/s involved in this travesty (that may implicate the taxpayer too since the taxpayer payed these people to do it). It is very unfortunate that the CRIMINAL died.

Unwashed Mass - 7/2/2013 11:54 PM
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Suing the jail only punishes the taxpayers. This is a crime, it should be investigated and prosecuted like a crime, and those responsible should spend lots of time on the other side of those bars.

Mayor Maynot - 7/2/2013 11:37 PM
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Sue the tar our of them.
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