Second lawsuit filed against Campbell County Jail

By Brad Underwood – bio | email

NEWPORT, KY (FOX19) – Attorneys have filed a second class action lawsuit claim against the Campbell County Jail on behalf of 16 former inmates.  The suit alleges medical mistreatment by deputy jailers and the medical staff from Southern Health Partners. Multiple inmates' claim they were denied medical and based on neglect, went into serious medical conditions.

Eric Deters has added more inmates, and now former employees of the jail and Southern Health Partners. He believes that addition should give the judge reason to grant the class action claim.

"The Campbell County Jail is a disaster," said Deters.  "We have evidence that they intentionally withhold medication to save money, and that's not good."

Almost 20 former deputy jailers and staff with Southern Health Partners, the company that operates medical needs inside the jail, have signed affidavits, revealing just had badly the mistreatment is for inmates who need medical attention.

"We have nurses, technicians, and deputies who are now signing sworn statements for us saying yes," said Deters.  "These things really did happen."

The lawsuit not only names the Campbell County Jail as a defendant, but Campbell County, Campbell County Fiscal Court, The jailer, Greg Buckler, Southern Health Partners, and dozens of other deputy jailers.

Campbell County Attorney, Jim Daley and the jailer Greg Buckler both say they are aware of the second lawsuit claims, but have not been officially notified and couldn't comment on the allegations.

In 2008, Kenneth Marcum died while in custody in the medical center inside the jail, as a result of an ulcer.

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