Allegheny County and its former jail healthcare service settled a lawsuit for $9,000 that had been filed by a man who lost his right hand while in custody, attorneys for both entities confirmed today.
James Cotton, 62, of Monroeville, sued in U.S. District Court alleging that tight handcuffs, combined with his diabetes, led to the amputation of his hand.
The county paid $3,000 and Allegheny Correctional Health Services paid $6,000. The latter, a nonprofit agency, ran the jail's infirmary until Sunday, when the Tennessee-based for-profit company Corizon took over.
Cotton is now at the State Correctional Institution Houtzdale serving a three-to-six-year sentence for burglary and other crimes.
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