Mayor Asks Private Prison Firm To Pay For Scabies Care

Posted at 11:59 AM, Jun 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-22 12:59:41-04

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has asked a private prison company to cover out-of-pocket costs for city employees affected by a scabies outbreak at a jail.

According to reports, Barry's letter to CoreCivic CEO Damon Hininger also asked the company for corrective plans. Click here to read the mayor's full letter.

CoreCivic, previously known as Corrections Corporation of America, has operated the Metro-Davidson County Detention Facility, where at least 52 inmates received treatment for scabies symptoms and at least 16 court workers contracted it.

CoreCivic spokesman Jonathan Burns said the Nashville-based company has been open to Barry's request.

Barry has said a review was ongoing over whether the outbreak breached the company's five-year, $100 million contract.

The outbreak has spurred lawsuits, saying officials knew about the outbreak for months but threatened inmates with solitary confinement if they mentioned it.