"Jerome Laudman wasn’t known for being an aggressive or violent prisoner, but he had been a difficult one. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, mental retardation and a speech impediment, he could test a correctional officer’s last nerve."
"Laudman’s Super-Max cell likely was vile when he got there — Super-Max isn’t
known for housekeeping — but when neighboring inmates summoned prison
personnel to check on him 11 days later by banging on the walls and
hollering, the odor from his cell was so rank that corrections officers
refused to enter. Opening the cell door, they saw Laudman on the cement
floor — inert, unresponsive, naked, facedown in feces and vomit, drawing
shallow breaths amid Styrofoam plates of rotten moldy food."
"Disgusted, the guards and even the nurses refused to touch Laudman,
according to court records. Instead, they sent for inmates to get him on
a gurney. By the time Laudman arrived at Sumter’s Tuomey Hospital, his
core temperature indicated hypothermia. A few hours later, he died of a
A South Carolina prison is no place for the mentally ill. Laudman's story is just one of many in this disturbing article by Porter Barron Jr. in Free Times.