Sybil Norris, 29, was doing a six-month stretch for shoplifting at the Ohio Reformatory for Women when she died, needlessly, of an asthma attack.
Two years later, in December 1997, the Ohio Court of Claims awarded $350,000 ($150,000 for pain and suffering and $200,000 for wrongful death) to Sybil's two surviving sisters.
The state admitted responsibility for Sybil Norris' death because Reformatory nurses ignored a doctor's orders to rush her to a hospital. Prison nurses claim they thought Norris was faking the attack.
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