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Mother: Private Colorado Prison Denied Care

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DENVER (AP) – The mother of a man who died in a private prison claims that officials failed to provide adequate medical care.

Twenty-six-year-old Terrell Griswold died in October 2010 after being found not breathing in his cell. He was incarcerated at the Bent County Correctional Facility near Las Animas, Colo., which is operated by Corrections Corporation of America.

A lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court by Lagalia Afola of Kansas City, Mo., alleges that officials failed to treat her son for an obstructed urinary tract. The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages.

Griswold was serving five years for a felony burglary conviction.

In a statement, CCA says the company is committed to providing inmates appropriate access to medical care and couldn’t comment on individual inmates because of medical privacy laws.

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