NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two former inmates of a Davidson County jail are suing CoreCivic in the wake of a scabies outbreak that affected both the male and female facilities.
Both lawsuits–which bring the total to three against the company– claim CoreCivic, the private company that runs the jail, failed to provide basic healthcare to those incarcerated.
One was filed by former female inmate Wendy Snead and the other a former male inmate, known only as John Doe.
They accuse CoreCivic of violating the Eighth and Fourteenth amendments and the inmates’ prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment.
The suits goes on to say the corrections company failed to adequately screen everyone coming into the facility, respond to inmates who needed medical attention, quarantine those affected, or take other precautions to put the spreading of the skin disease to an end.
The outbreak was first reported on June 1 when officials said around 39 female inmates were found to be contaminated with the scabies rash. It reportedly led to dozens of people being affected at the Nashville courthouse, including employees, lawyers, and members of the general public. It also spread to the men’s facility at the jail with at least two cases reported.
One lawyer has already filed suit against CoreCivic in the case, seeking damages for pain and suffering, lost wages, and also punitive damages for his clients.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, scabies is caused by an infestation on the skin of the human itch mite. The mite burrows into the upper layer of skin where it lives and lays eggs, causing intense itching and a pimple-like rash.
The scabies mite usually is spread by direct, prolonged, skin-to-skin contact with a person who has scabies. Click here to read more from the CDC.