“Meals are provided at irregular and often unpredictable times and are often not diabetic appropriate despite medical directions for a diabetic appropriate diet,” the lawsuit states.
The American Diabetes Association filed a court motion in March to join the class-action lawsuit against Trousdale. In a news release, Sarah Fech-Baughman, an attorney for the association, described inmates as being “at the mercy of prison staff” to provide them with access to medication to manage their diabetes.
Thomas Leach, a former inmate at Trousdale, filed a separate suit in 2016 with similar complaints. In a third and more recent lawsuit filed this year, diabetic inmate Jonathan Salada allegedly died in “excruciating pain” because of “diabetic complications” and “negligent care.”
The three suits have received little attention over the past two years, according to The Tennessean. But in August, a protest at CoreCivic’s headquarters in Nashville, Tenn., revived the previous allegations.
The lawsuit filed by Salada’s family explains that he had three blood tests done, all of which revealed his blood sugar was “alarmingly high,” but he never “received appropriate or proper medical care.”
Salada was found unconscious in his cell.
In response to the lawsuits, CoreCivic denies any wrong doing and instead insists the plaintiffs are responsible for their own health complications.
According to The Tennessean, CoreCivic claims Dodson and other diabetic inmates are known for skipping meals and refusing insulin shots, as well as neglecting their health by using illegal drugs and buying sugary snacks, which they describe as “willful non-compliance” with a diabetic diet.