Alcohol Discrimination Ruling Upheld In Montana Inmate’s Death

March 22, 2013

A state hearings officer has upheld a ruling that Blaine and Hill counties showed discriminatory indifference toward an 18-year-old inmate in the Hill County Detention Center who died in 2009 of acute alcohol withdrawal.

The order by Department of Labor hearing officer Terry Spear says the two counties are liable for $300,000 for A.J. Longsoldier’s emotional distress before he died.

The Great Falls Tribune reports counties also must train their deputies to ensure medications and prescriptions are obtained and administered.

The order upholds a ruling by the Montana Human Rights Commission, which said in September Longsoldier was discriminated against based on his alcoholism, which was determined to be a disability.

Longsoldier died from delirium tremens, or alcohol withdrawal, days after his arrest on a contempt of court charge.

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  • March 25, 2013 at 11:40 am
    M. Prankster says: This young man doesn't appear to have been a real big menace to society. Hope none of our loved one ever go to jail and are den... read more
  • March 22, 2013 at 6:34 pm
    Baxtor says:
    Maybe they should just not have arrested him and allowed him to kill a few people. Very few people die of withdrawal. Yes, I understand it's hard to go cold turkey, but the al... read more
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