Hinds County Sheriff Malcolm McMillin stated that the locks on cells at the detention center in Raymond were faulty and that the jail has been plagued with problems related to poor construction and maintenance issues since it opened in 1994. The primary issue has been the malfunctioning locks and cell doors. Reports of the incident show that Burnley was discovered lying on his cell floor in a pool of blood.
As part of a settlement reached in the case, Hinds County has settled the federal lawsuit arising over the jail beating by agreeing to pay $3 million to Burnley. County officials said that insurance will cover $1 million; though accruing the remaining $2 million remains a challenge for the financially strapped county. Burnley had asked for $15 million in the lawsuit filed in October 2007. [
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Last updated on Apr-24-08