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'We got put in a very difficult spot,' Sheriff Ahern said, because the county faced the risk of an 'exorbitant' judgment if it did not settle.

Yahoo News, February 11, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO Reuters - One of the largest U.S. for-profit prison healthcare providers has agreed to change how it staffs California jails, part of a settlement announced on Tuesday that ends a wrongful death lawsuit against the company. Corizon Health, a privately held firm which services more than 345,000 inmates in 27 states, was sued in 2011 after an inmate in Alameda County, California, outside San Francisco, died in jail. The inmate's family accused Corizon of failing to properly diagnose the inmate, who suffered from alcohol withdrawal and was allegedly beaten by guards. Corizon and Alameda County also agreed to pay $8.3 million, which the attorneys called the largest single civil rights wrongful death settlement in state history. ... "We got put in a very difficult spot," Ahern said, because the county faced the risk of an "exorbitant" judgment if it did notsettle. "Things could have been done better and we are very sad it resulted in an inmate death."

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