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From the Courier-Journal Newspaper: Louisville to pay $160K to dead inmate’s family

The city has agreed to pay $160,000 to the family of a heroin addict who died in 2012 while detoxing at the city jail. Savannah Sparks, 27, received scant medical attention for days, despite obvious signs of a fierce withdrawal, Louisville Metro Police investigators found. Mark Bolton, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections, acknowledged that Corizon, the company contracted to provide inmate health care, was ill-prepared to handle the heroin epidemic that exploded in early 2012. In the wake of Sparks’ death, Bolton said, the jail overhauled its system for dealing with detoxing inmates. It trained its staff to better screen for and monitor withdrawal symptoms. Corizon is no longer used for medical services.
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