Suit: Georgia prison neglected dead inmate’s infected tattoo

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) – A federal lawsuit blames the medical staff at a Georgia prison for failing to treat an inmate who died from a severely infected tattoo.

The Southern Center for Human Rights filed a civil lawsuit Monday against Georgia Correctional Health, a contractor that provides health care at Georgia State Prison in Reidsville. The suit was brought by the sister of 50-year-old Randall Davison, who died in February 2015.

The lawsuit says Davison developed a severe infection in his forearm after receiving a tattoo from a fellow inmate in December 2014. Attorneys say he complained to the prison’s medical staff and was given anti-inflammatory drugs, but no antibiotics to treat telltale symptoms of infection.

Georgia Correctional Health and the state Department of Corrections did not immediately return phone messages seeking comment.

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