Moral Low Ground


Denied Medication, Kentucky Inmate James Kenneth Embry Starves to Death

April 21, 2014 by Brett Wilkins in Crime & Punishment with 0 Comments

James Kenneth EmbryA Kentucky prisoner serving a nine-year sentence for drug offenses was not provided medication that repressed his suicidal thoughts, leading him to refuse food and drink until he died earlier this year.

The Associated Press reports 57-year-old James Kenneth Embry, who had just three years remaining of a nine-year sentence, was found dead in his cell at Kentucky State Penitentiary on January 13.

According to an internal investigation, prison medical officials failed to provide Embry with medication that helped control his suicidal thoughts and impulses, nor did they adequately monitor the despondent prisoner as his mental and physical health deteriorated.

The prison investigation also found other major problems with the manner in which inmates are treated at the prison, including staff failure to routinely check up on inmates’ medical wellbeing and communications failures among prison medical personnel.

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