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Daughter of inmate who hanged himself files suit against Correct Care Solutions, others alleging rights violation

Federal Court

By Marian Johns | Dec 10, 2019

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PHILADELPHIA – The daughter of a Pennsylvania Department of Corrections inmate who hanged himself in his cell alleges his constitutional rights were violated.

The estate of Roland Alston and Sherhonda Alston filed a complaint Nov. 27 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Correct Care Solutions; MHM Correctional Services Inc., doing business as MHM Solutions; Chadwick Badorf; and others, alleging violation of civil rights.

The suit states Roland Alston became a Pennsylvania Department of Corrections inmate in 1984. In 2006, the plaintiffs allege he was diagnosed with depression and paranoid personality disorder and was treated with medications and counseling. Alston hanged himself in his cell on March 28, 2018, while an inmate at SCI Graterford, according to the suit. 

The plaintiffs allege the decedent reported to Badorf on March 26, 2018, that he was contemplating suicide and that he was returned to his cell in the general population with no precautions.

The plaintiffs allege the defendants' conduct violated the decedent's constitutional right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment.

The plaintiffs seek monetary relief of more than $150,000, a trial by jury, interest and all other just relief. They are represented by William Davis of McMonagle, Perri, McHugh, Mischak & Davis PC in Philadelphia. 

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania case number 2:19-CV-05583-PD 

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