Friday, April 22, 2016

Allegany, Albany counties settle case involving deceased inmate - Times Herald

By Bob Clark - Times Herald

BELMONT — A settlement has been reached between Allegany County and the estate of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement inmate who died in an Albany-area jail five years ago.

Allegany County and two employees, nurse practitioner Cheryl Raylea and registered nurse Debra Harrington, reached a settlement in a federal wrongful death lawsuit by the estate of Irene Bamenga, according to documents filed in the Northern District of New York court March 18. Bamenga, a French citizen and native of the African nation Angola, was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on July 15, 2011, at the Peace Bridge. She was housed from July 15 to 21, 2011, in the Allegany County Jail before being transferred to Albany County Correctional Facility in Colonie, where she was found unresponsive and later died of congestive heart failure July 27, 2011.The lawsuit alleged that the counties, through their medical and corrections staffs, failed to treat Bamenga for her chronic condition, which with continued misconduct in Albany County directly led to her death.

Allegany County Sheriff Rick Whitney could not comment on the terms of the settlement but said the county has been taking federal inmates from the U.S. Marshal’s Service and ICE since the current jail was built in the mid-2000s, Whitney said. Read the complete story by clicking the Times Herald link below...
Allegany, Albany counties settle case involving deceased inmate