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Let's Talk Fort Worth: Will Gregory Corley Die Due to Denton County Jail Neglect

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Gregory Travis Corley is an inmate housed at the Denton County jail. His health is declining daily due to the fact his arm needs to be amputated. That said, the staff at the jail is aware of his condition, however they are refusing to get him the care he needs. Mr. Corley has suffered both blood clots and stroke like symptoms as a result of his condition. He has also been seen by a physician who scheduled him to have the arm amputated and the staff at the Denton County jail refused to allow him to have the surgery done. 

The United States Supreme Court has interpreted the federal Constitution as guaranteeing the right of adequate medical care to prison inmates. Prisons are required to provide inmates with such medical care through governmental employees or private medical staff that is contracted with the government. When a prisoner’s constitutional rights are being denied, he or she may bring forth a constitutional claim against the prison, naming the prison warden as the defendant.

The Eighth Amendment to the federal Constitution prohibits cruel and unusual treatment. The United States Supreme Court has held that ignoring a prisoner’s serious medical needs can violate this prohibition. The Court has noted that prison inmates are particularly vulnerable because they have to rely on prison officials to treat their medical needs. If the officials do not meet them, this can lead to pain and suffering, torture or a painful death. Please make phone calls to the Denton County Jail at (940) 349-1600 and demand that inmate Gregory Corley be taken to a hospital immediately. 

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