I guess the message to PO's on this one is that it had better be a really good reason before you violate someone - don't do it just to put a little fear into them. That kind of harassment and stress kills some of us.
Mar 10, 2010 6:58 pm US/Eastern
KRANDALL CHASE, Associated Press Writer
Judge Joseph Farnan ruled Tuesday that the widow of Christopher Barkes was entitled to $150,000 for mental anguish stemming from her husband's death. Barkes' two daughters, meanwhile, were awarded $350,000 each.
The family sued First Correctional Medical Inc., the former medical care contractor for the state Department of Corrections. Farnan entered a default judgment against the company in 2008 after a representative failed to appear at a court hearing.
Barkes, who had a history of substance abuse and suicide attempts, hanged himself with a sheet one day after being arrested for violating probation.