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$1.45 Million Settlement in Mentally Ill Alabama Jail Prisoner's Death

Fifteen days after he entered Alabama's Mobile Jail, James Carpenter died
of an infection from a flesh-eating bacteria. During his period of
incarceration, Carpenter was kept in solitary confinement, naked and
shackled on his hands and wrists. Abrasions from the restraints provided
the entry points for the bacteria that killed him.

Carpenter was a mentally ill beggar who was arrested for panhandling. He
was also the decent father of two children, ages 11 and 14 upon his death
in 2000. The County agreed to pay $1.45 million to settle the lawsuit in
Carpenter's death.

Each of his two children are to receive $350,000 each while lawyers
receive the remainder. See: Carpenter v. Mobile County, Alabama, USDC, SD
AL, Case No: 02-625-CB-m.

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Related legal case

Carpenter v. Mobile County, Alabama