The family of Alan Halloway is fighting back with a new lawsuit against Northern Lakes Community Mental Health and health care provider Joseph Barkman. The Halloway family says that the two defendants committed medical malpractice and failed in their duties when they removed Alan Halloway from suicide watch in the jail. Halloway committed suicide shortly thereafter.
The Halloway family already settled with Grand Traverse County. Bensley also couldn’t stop himself from refusing to disclose public records relating to the Halloway matter.
Bensley says that people dying in jail is not his problem until taxpayers buy him a shiny new jail. Here’s another article where Bensley is quoting as saying people die in the jail because it’s a bad building, and not because he has any kind of moral obligation for the safety of the people he locks up against their will and without access to personal resources like health care.
But in this article, Bensley is quoted as saying that they made policy and procedure errors in the Halloway case. Of course, it doesn’t take the Taj Mahal of jails to follow policy and procedure.
The parties that are collectively involved in jail operations have put foot in mouth so many times that at some point all those comments have to lead to some kind of liability/accountability. Whether it’s Wellpath saying they routinely pull people off of their meds when they enter the jail, or Bensely saying people should know better than to get arrested if they have mental health problems (a criminology class would benefit you, perhaps?) or the jail captain getting hanky panky with inmates in the basement and not facing any criminal consequences for it, there are so many AYKM comments out there.
Lawsuits have the potential to create awareness and change. This latest Halloway case might be the catalyst.