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Mayor asks private prison firm to pay for scabies care
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is asking a private prison company to cover out-of-pocket costs for city employees affected by a scabies outbreak at a jail.
The Tennessean reports that Barry's letter to CoreCivic CEO Damon Hininger also asks the company for corrective plans.
CoreCivic, previously known as Corrections Corporation of America, operates the Metro-Davidson County Detention Facility, where at least 52 inmates received treatment for scabies symptoms and at least 16 court workers contracted it.
CoreCivic spokesman Jonathan Burns says the Nashville-based company is open to Barry's request.
Barry has said a review is ongoing over whether the outbreak breaches the company's five-year, $100 million contract.
The outbreak has spurred lawsuits, saying officials knew about the outbreak for months but threatened inmates with solitary confinement if they mentioned it.