Photo: Curtis Griffin This 1990 photo provided by Curtis Griffin of his step-son Bradley Ballard shows Ballard in Houston when he was 16.

Photo: Curtis Griffin This 1990 photo provided by Curtis Griffin of his step-son Bradley Ballard shows Ballard in Houston when he was 16.

*Chalk this up to extremely poor staff training.

In a shameful display of mere disregard for human life,  and extremely poor staff training, a 39-year-old mentally ill inmate, who had made lewd gestures to a female guard, and was locked in solitary confinement for seven increasingly agitated days, died an unnecessarily gruesome death.

This, according to the Associated Press.

Bradley Ballard, who was virtually ignored by the guards who walked by him each day, glancing as they passed the steel door – which he sometimes urinated through, yet refusing to check on him, or provide him his meds, was eventually found naked on the floor, unresponsive and covered in his own feces.

Monitors show that during the time of his incarceration, guards passed by the steel door of Ballard’s cell, some even covering their noses from the stench, but never venturing inside…until it was too late.

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