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CLEVELAND — The family of a Cuyahoga County jail inmate who hanged himself in 2018 received a $950,000 settlement from the county.

The inmate, Gregory Fox, 36, was one of nine inmates at the troubled prison who died between 2018 and 2019. The deaths sparked an investigation by the US Marshals Service which would later release a report calling the prison one of the worst in the country.

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The Cuyahoga County Board approved the settlement Tuesday morning.

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“It wasn’t supposed to happen,” Fox’s sister Wendy said. “Those payments don’t have to happen if they’re taking care of the people they’ve agreed to house in their facility.”

According to the lawsuit that was filed in 2019, Fox was on remand when the incident happened. The lawsuit claimed that prison workers “failed to provide Gregory with necessary mental health care and medication and failed to take necessary steps to prevent his suicide.”

When Fox was admitted to the facility, he informed prison staff of his mental illness and that he had previously attempted suicide, the lawsuit said. After hearing this from Fox, employees assigned him to general population instead of putting him on suicide watch. The lawsuit said Fox’s mental illness should have alerted staffers to the fact that he was at high risk for suicide.

Watch News 5’s previous coverage of Fox’s death and the ensuing trial in the player below.

Estate of man found hanged in Cuyahoga County Jail files wrongful death lawsuit

While assigned to general population, Fox asked various correctional officers for mental health care and medication. He also told jailers he was at risk of suicide, the lawsuit said.

On the day of his death, the lawsuit said the prison cells were locked due to low staffing levels. A guard tasked with monitoring Fox’s module was tasked with monitoring two modules – something the guard had never been required to do before.

Lawyers say the warden was unable to manage the two pods on his own and that prison staff “did not monitor Mr. Fox at regular intervals”.

Fox was later found hanged in his cell with a sheet wrapped around his neck. Fox was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center and died two days later.

The lawsuit accused the defendants in the case of making false, misleading or incomplete statements to give an “incomplete version of events to certain superiors in order to cover up their own misconduct and failure”.

“The evidence of the horrific conditions and disregard for the safety and health of people in this prison that has been shown in this case has stunned me,” said attorney Sarah Gelsomino.

Last year, the county board approved more than $1.2 million to settle three lawsuits related to issues inside the jail. More than half a dozen are still pending.

More than a year ago, County Councilman Michael Gallagher predicted the jailhouse lawsuits could cost taxpayers $80 million.

CLICK HERE to read more articles about the many issues at the beleaguered prison, including abuse, suicides, lawsuits, accidental releases of inmates, and leadership issues.

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