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Sandoval County pays out big in prisoner treatment lawsuit

Chris Ramirez
March 08, 2017 06:48 AM

When jail wardens and C.O.’s leave mentally ill people in isolation cells for weeks, months on end, attorneys will find out and sue the jail on behalf of the inmate.Then the county shells out millions of tax dollars to settle the case.

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In this latest case something far more tragic happened: the inmate killed herself after leaving her isolation cell.

Attorney Jack Jacks filed a lawsuit after Raynbow Gignilliant was in a solitary confinement cell inside Sandoval County Jail for two months in 2014. She committed suicide weeks after she got out. Jacks alleges that Gignilliant was already suffering from a mental illness when she went to the jail.

“In this case, Raynbow was never allowed out of her cell for recreation, or even to take a quick shower.  She degraded to the point where she was throwing urine and feces around her cell, hallucinating, banging herself on the door.  It was a literal insane asylum,” said Jacks.

Jacks settled the case this week with Sandoval County for $1.8 million. He also sued the jail’s medical provider. That settlement amount is not public.

“Treat people in your jails with humanity, decency and respect.  It is widely known that placing mentally ill patients in solitary confinement cells has horrible consequences and its tragic,” said Jacks.

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