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$700 Settlement Agreed to by California Prisoner Treated with Deliberate Medical Indifference

by Christopher Zoukis

 Marvin Glenn Hollis, who was denied appropriate treatment for a serious medical infection while incarcerated in California's High Desert State Prison, accepted a $700 settlement offer made by prison officials.

     According to Hollis, officials at High Desert State Prison refused to provide his prescribed medications and medical devices, violated a medical directive by using standard handcuffs and restraints instead of approved medical restraints, and denied him necessary medical treatment, which resulted in a MRSA infection. Hollis also alleged that he was not provided appropriate medical treatment for the MRSA infection.

     On November 7, 2008, Hollis filed a pro se civil rights complaint in federal court against the prison, several prison medical providers and prison guards. He argued that the defendants were deliberately indifferent to his serious medical needs and intentionally interfered with his prescribed medical treatment, violating his Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights to be free from cruel and unusual punishment. Hollis sought an injunction to force the prison to provide him with medical care, a transfer to a federal prison with adequate medical facilities, damages, fees and costs.

     Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. dismissed 13 defendants from the suit on December 13, 2010, and another three were granted summary judgment on December 22, 2011. A settlement with the remaining defendants was reached on March 15, 2012, in which Hollis would accept $700 to drop his claims. The case was closed on September 17, 2012.

See: Hollis v. High Desert State Prison, et al., United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, 2:08-cv-02810-GEB-KJN (Mar. 15, 2012)

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Hollis v. High Desert State Prison, et al.