Fresno County Inmates Sue Over Inadequate Health Care
In a class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday, four Fresno County Jail inmates allege that Sheriff Margaret Mims operates an unsafe jail and fails to provide basic health care. The plaintiffs said that treatment for life-threatening illnesses, severe mental health symptoms and serious dental conditions are routinely denied. The lawsuit adds that there are not enough medical personnel at the jail to provide adequate care for more than 2,300 inmates and that as a result inmates face long waits for clinical examinations. The inmates are seeking a court order that would require Mims to provide the inmates with basic health care and adequate protections.
- "Suit: Fresno County Inmates Face Needless Dangers" (Lopez/Anderson, Fresno Bee, 12/13).