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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jan 5, 2018
Bradley County has agreed to pay almost $500,000 to the children of a man who hanged himself in the Bradley County Jail, the Times Free Press reports. Ralph Nelms, who jail staff knew was addicted, mentally ill and suicidal, was booked into jail in 2016 for burglary, but was not place in a suicide-proof cell. His ex-wife filed a $5 million lawsuit related to his death in February 2017. According to an August 2016 report from the Tennessee Corrections Institute, overcrowding at the Bradley County Jail was so severe that male inmates were being housed in holding cells for weeks, sleeping on floors.