SPOKANE'S JAIL FACES ANOTHER EXPENSIVE LAWSUIT AFTER
A FORMER INMATE WAS DENIED HIS MENTAL HEALTH DRUGS
GOOD EVENING THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M NADINE WOODWARD.
AND NOW THE RESULTS OF AN INTERNAL AFFAIRS INVESTIGATION
MAY HAVE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS READY TO SETTLE OUT
IN A STORY YOU SAW FIRST ON KXLY4, CRIME AND SAFETY
REPORTER JEFF HUMPHREY JOINS US LIVE AT THE JAIL WITH
A LOOK AT THE PROBLEM.
JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE DOING TIME IN THE JAIL DOESN'T
MEAN YOU LOSE YOUR RIGHT TO DOCTOR- PRESCRIBED DRUGS
THAT KEEP YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE OR MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS
HOWEVER AS STAFF TRIES TO KEEP ILLEGAL DRUGS OUT OF
THE JAIL SOME INMATES HAVEN'T BEEN GETTING THE MEDICATIONS
THEY NEED IN A TIMELY FASHION.
ROB LEE he never missed a court date, he accepts
full responsibility for his actions
WE FIRST MET ROB LEE LAST MAY AFTER HIS SON DANNY
WOUND UP IN JAIL BECAUSE OF THE TEEN'S MENTAL HEALTH
ROB LEE i brought him there, i had his medicines.
i had his medical records i had court orders from
the judge, i had everything required
BUT CORRECTIONS DEPUTIES REFUSED TO ACCEPT DANNY'S
MEDICATIONS WHEN HE WAS BOOKED AND TOLD MISTER LEE
NO OUTSIDE DRUGS ARE ALLOWED INSIDE THE JAIL.
33;38 the sheriff's department and it's staff said
whatever the court order said, it didn't mean anything
they'd take care of their own evaluations 33;47