A woman whose son committed suicide at the Nassau County Correctional Center has filed a lawsuit against the jail as well we Nassau County. Bartholomew Ryan, 32, was a former Marine and Iraq veteran from East Meadow, NY. Ryan hung himself with a noose he made from a sheet the day after he was incarcerated.
Ryan had been arrested for speeding and driving under the influence of drugs. The following day, a corrections officer found Ryan hanging in his cell. He was pronounced dead that afternoon at Nassau University Medical Center. His family blames Ryan’s drug problem on post-traumatic stress syndrome which he developed as a result of serving in Iraq.
Ryan’s mother, Lilyann Ryan, is being represented by Parker Waichman LLP. The complaint accuses the defendants of failing to monitor, supervise, and care for Ryan, despite being aware that he suffered from drug addiction and psychological trauma. Additionally, the lawsuit alleges the defendants failed to properly intake Ryan into the Correctional system and failed to place him in a proper custodial setting given Ryan’s tendencies and inappropriate behavior.
Lilyann Ryan says the correctional facility, which is under increased public scrutiny because of the ever-increasing number of deaths occurring at the jail, did not transport her son in a timely manner to obtain medical treatment and failed to administer accepted life-sustaining treatment in an emergent time frame after Ryan hung himself.
“The family is ultimately doing this because Bart served his country and was let down by the system as a whole, and by a county that was supposed to keep him safe,” said Raymond Silverman, an attorney with Parker Waichman. “What happened at the Nassau County Correctional Facility has been a civil rights crisis that is taking place right in our backyard,” Silverman added.