State judge rules Armor Correctional Health Services liable for Duval County Jail’s 2020 COVID-19 outbreak, ordering $6.3M in damages to affected officers and spouses. This decision follows The Tributary’s reporting on the tripling of inmate deaths under Armor.
As the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office dealt with a surge of jail deaths, its own review of those deaths were “minimal”, failed to meet national standards and took too long, a national accrediting agency told the department in March.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office cited a slew of contract violations by Armor Correctional Health Services as a reason for canceling its second contract with the company years before it was set to expire.
Deaths in the Duval County jail have tripled since Armor Correctional Health Services started handling health care – with about four deaths per year from 2012 to 2017 and about 13 deaths per year since 2018.
Jacksonville Sheriff T.K. Waters shook up his senior command staff over the last month, asking for the resignations or demotions of three jail officials after The Tributary’s reporting uncovered unsafe medical conditions in the Duval jail, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Despite hundreds of lawsuits against Armor Correctional Health Services, millions of dollars worth of settlements and dead inmates across the country, Jacksonville leaders signed contracts twice with the company, allowing it to run the Duval County jail’s health care for at least a decade.
The medical provider for the Duval County Jail said a heart transplant recipient’s anti-rejection medications were ordered, but weren’t delivered to the jail until after his release.
Duval County jail’s medical provider, Armor Correctional Services, said in a statement on Friday that staff gave “quality medical care” to a heart transplant recipient who died after not receiving his anti-rejection medications while jailed.
The Florida Department of Management Services opened an investigation into Armor Correctional Services after the company failed to report that they were convicted in the death of a Milwaukee inmate in October 2022.
Andrew Bonderud, the attorney for Dexter Barry’s family, believes Barry not getting his life-sustaining medication “was entirely driven by profit and a profit motive.”