Family of inmate who died of dehydration settles claim

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Posted: Dec 11, 2015 7:50 PM

COUPEVILLE, Wash. (AP) — The family of a man who died from dehydration and malnutrition in the Island County Jail has reached a $4 million settlement with three counties.

Keaton Farris died in April. An investigation revealed the water to his cell had been turned off, and officers failed to check on the 25-year-old.

The Daily Herald reports (http://goo.gl/IGHp9M ) that as part of the settlement, a corrections expert will monitor the jail for 18 months. Farris' family's own expert will also review recommendations and work with that expert.

Farris' family filed a tort claim in August, saying officers neglected Harris and withheld basic needs.

His father, Fred Farris, acknowledged that the county has tried to change jail conditions, and he hopes they continue to work together on those changes.

The settlement was reached Monday with Island, San Juan and Skagit counties, which share a risk pool. Farris shuffled between jails before ending up at the Coupeville lockup.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com