Lawsuit settled over inmate health care

The Florida Department of Corrections and former prison health-care provider Corizon have agreed to pay about $2.1 million to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging that the state agency and the company denied hernia operations to inmates to save money.

Under the settlement, Corizon agreed to pay $1.7 million to current and former inmates.

The Department of Corrections agreed to pay $150,000 for legal fees and costs.

Corizon would have to pay the rest of the legal fees and costs, which are capped at $385,000.

Florida Justice Institute Executive Director Randall Berg filed the lawsuit last year on behalf of about 2,000 inmates, months before Corizon walked away from a five-year, $1.2 billion contract with the state three years early.

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