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Counties ordered to pay $1.35M in inmate death

By Associated Press
Published On: Aug 12 2013 02:16:28 PM MDT
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HELENA, Mont. -

Two north-central Montana counties that appealed an order to pay $300,000 to the estate of an 18-year-old man who died of alcohol withdrawal suffered in the Hill County jail have now been ordered to pay $1.35 million.
    
The Montana Human Rights Commission found last week that the hearings examiner did not award damages for the entire period of time that A.J. Longsoldier suffered from untreated acute alcohol withdrawal before his November 2009 death.
    
he commission found Blaine and Hill counties were liable for the entire 33 hours Longsoldier suffered because jail officers did not fill a prescription to ease his symptoms.
    
The hearings examiner ordered jail staff to be trained on filling and administering prescription drugs and the commission added training in recognizing symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.