Supreme Court Affords Qualified Immunity to Corrections Officers in Inmate Suicide Case

In Taylor v. Barkes, 135 S. Ct. 2042 (2015), the United States Supreme Court granted qualified immunity to prison officials who allegedly failed to supervise and monitor a private contractor that provided medical treatment to inmates.  The decedent committed suicide a day after mental health screened him at intake and determined he did not need any special suicide prevention measures. The Supreme Court held that the purported Eighth Amendment right—to the proper implementation of adequate suicide prevention protocols—was not clearly established.

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