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Sacramento County Agrees to Pay $25,000 after Jail Failed to Give Prisoner Immunosuppressant Medication

On January 14, 2005, the County of Sacramento agreed to settle a suit for $25,000 for alleged negligence by Sacramento County Main Jail (SCMJ) staff in providing a prisoner with her medication.

Prior to Tabitha Overton’s incarceration in 2002, she received a liver transplant. SCMJ staff was aware that Overton was required to receive anti-rejection drugs, but jail staff missed five doses because the County pharmacy was closed over the Christmas/New Year holidays.
Overton suffered a rejection episode as a result, requiring hospitalization, a liver biopsy, and a “very high increase” in her immunosuppressant medication.

Overton sued, claiming negligence. The County settled after mediation. Overton was represented by Moseley Collins III, of El Dorado Hills, California.

See: Overton v. County of Sacramento, 03A506343 (Sup. Ct. Cal.)

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Overton v. County of Sacramento