‘There was a breakdown’: Inmate’s suicide leads to $7M deal

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A lawyer says the family of a mentally ill woman who killed herself inside a suburban Philadelphia detention center will receive $7 million after a lawsuit against the private company running the prison was settled.

The family of 35-year-old Janene Wallace claimed she was mistreated by guards and denied proper supervision and medical care at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility in Delaware County.

The facility was run by the Community Education Centers at the time of Wallace’s 2015 suicide but the company was recently acquired by the private-prison operator The GEO Group. A representative for The GEO Group declined to comment on the litigation but said that they didn’t manage the facility when Wallace died.

Her family’s lawyer says she spent 52 days in solitary confinement before her death.

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