State pays $400,000 to settle inmate lawsuit 22 May 13

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Department of Corrections will pay $400,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a mentally ill inmate who died at the state prison in Rush City.

Prison medical records show 27-year-old Xavius Scullark-Johnson died in 2010 after being left alone in a cell while suffering a series of seizures. He suffered from schizophrenia and a seizure disorder. Corrections records indicate a senior nurse who examined Scullark-Johnson before ending her shift was suspended for five days without pay for violating nursing protocol for dealing with seizures.

Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy says the settlement allows both parties to find closure to a case that could have gone unresolved for years.

The Star Tribune reports the family is still pursuing a neglect lawsuit against Corizon, the company hired by the state to provide medical care to its prisoners.

— Information from: Star Tribune,