Suit: Georgia prison neglected dead inmate's infected tattoo

AP News
Posted: Apr 04, 2016 3:21 PM

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A federal lawsuit blames the medical staff at a Georgia prison for failing to treat an inmate who died from a severely infected tattoo.

The Southern Center for Human Rights filed a lawsuit Monday against Georgia Correctional Health, a contractor that provides health care at Georgia State Prison in Reidsville. The suit was brought by the sister of 50-year-old Randall Davison, who died in February 2015.

The lawsuit says Davison developed a severe infection in his forearm after receiving a tattoo from a fellow inmate in December 2014. Attorneys say he complained to the prison's medical staff and was given anti-inflammatory drugs, but no antibiotics to treat symptoms of infection.

Georgia Correctional Health and the state Department of Corrections declined to comment.