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August 07, 2014

Failure to notify superior of inmate’s not receiving his medication


Failure to notify superior of inmate’s not receiving his medication
OATH Index Nos. 591/14, & 592/14

Two correction officers [COs] were charged with failing to notify their supervisor or medical staff that an inmate had not received his medication.

The inmate had recently been admitted to the double detoxification unit, which is designated for the treatment of inmates experiencing symptoms of alcohol and opiate withdrawal. The COs removed the inmate from a line of inmates waiting to receive detoxification medication after he began to act irrationally and left him in an area away from other inmates for several hours.

The inmate, who did not receive his prescribed dosage of medication, died after a subsequent use of force involving correction officers other than the COs charged in this disciplinary action.

OATH Administrative Law Judge Astrid B. Gloade, sustained the charges that COs' performance was deficient and recommended 20 days' suspension. Dep't of Correction v. Wisher,
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