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Federal Judge Holds Bureau of Prisons in Contempt in Inmate Cancer Case


U.S. District Judge Roy Dalton for the Middle District of Florida is holding the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) and Kristi Zook, the warden of Seagoville Federal Correctional Institution, in civil contempt for allowing now-deceased inmate Frederick Bardell to waste away from untreated cancer, reports C.J. Ciaramella for Reason.

Dalton levied sanctions against the BOP, noting that authorities failed to provide proper care for a highly treatable colon cancer, while insisting there was no evidence Bardell had cancer and that he was receiving appropriate, timely care. Bardell had filed two motions for compassionate release based on the severity of his illness, both of which were rejected by the government. before Dalton ordered his release as soon as the U.S. Probation Office crafted a proper release plan for him. The BOP defied this order, releasing Bardell immediately and abandoning him, bleeding and soiling himself, outside the Dallas/Fort Worth airport. He died nine days later.

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