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Company Hired to Provide Health Care for Milwaukee Inmates Charged With Falsifying Records

A still photo of inmates at the Milwaukee County Jail.

The company that cares for inmates at the Milwaukee County Jail is facing criminal charges. Employees allegedly lied about checking on a man who died of dehydration, after water to his cell was shut off.

The Milwaukee County District Attorney's office on Wednesday charged Armor Correctional Health Care Services with seven misdemeanor counts of intentionally falsifying health records.  

The company is the latest defendant to face charges in the death of Terrill Thomas,who spent a week without water in his cell as punishment in 2016.

According to the criminal complaint, Armor's staff claimed to have checked on Thomas during the seven day period, but surveillance video shows they hadn't.  Three jail staffers also have been charged in Thomas' death.  

In a statement, Armor says it hasn't reviewed all of the allegations, but would never condone any criminal conduct by its employees.  The company says it plans to "vigorously defend all claims."

Marti was a reporter with WUWM from 1999 to 2021.
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