Overdose death in Nashville CCA jail prompts lawsuit

Source: Dave Boucher, The Tennessean, April 27, 2016

An inmate dying from an overdose while behind bars at Nashville’s privately operated jail makes the jail operator and Metro government liable for $5 million in damages, the family of the inmate argues in a recently filed lawsuit. The family of Nonnie Kasben is suing Corrections Corporation of America and Metro Davidson government over Kasben’s death, according to federal court documents published Tuesday. CCA, a massive private prison company headquartered in Nashville, operates the Metro-Davidson County Detention Facility Kasben’s family says an autopsy shows Kasben died from “an acute overdose of a controlled substance,” according to the court documents. They also argue CCA officers and medical personnel didn’t respond quickly enough to help save Kasben. … Kasben’s family argues CCA and Metro should pay $5 million in damages because they acted negligently in both allowing Kasben to obtain a controlled substance and not immediately providing medical treatment. …