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Prison nurses say race, complaints led to firings

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Six black nurses have sued Nashville-based Corrections Corp. of America, which operates a prison annex for Marion County, alleging they were fired or forced to resign because of their race and because they complained about unsafe practices at the facility.

The nurses say they told supervisors that inmates were being denied prescribed medications or given the wrong medications to save money. The complaint further describes an unsafe work environment in which nurses were forced to escort dangerous prisoners, and made to walk through sewage with garbage bags on their feet when a toilet overflowed.

The environment was also racially hostile, the lawsuit claims. One supervisor wore clothing with a Confederate flag emblem, and another had a drawing in which black nurses were identified as “monkeys.”

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