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$350,000 Awarded in Ohio Prisoner Death

$350,000 Awarded In Ohio Prisoner Death

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.

Columbus Dispatch

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