$2.75 Million To Family of Inmate Who Died In Prison

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A federal jury has awarded $2.75 million dollars to the family of an inmate who died in a state prison in 2002.

Jeffrey Clark died of dehydration at an Ionia correctional facility after five days in confinement following a seizure.

The award was announced Friday.

The suit contended Clark's civil rights had been violated because prison employees failed to give him water or medical attention.

The 39-year-old was a paranoid schizophrenic. He was serving nine to 30 years after being convicted of robbing a liquor store with a beer bottle in 1987.

Named in the suit were the prison warden and several other corrections employees.

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