BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The mother of an Idaho inmate who killed himself in a dilapidated private Texas prison has filed a $500,000 claim against Idaho.
Shirley Noble claims the Idaho Department of Correction is responsible for "inhumane treatment and illegal and unconstitutional conditions of confinement" that contributed to his death.
Scot Noble Payne was in prison for aggravated battery and lewd and lascivious conduct. The 43-year-old slashed his throat March 4th at the Dickens County Correctional Center in Spur, Texas.
He and other inmates were sent last year to relieve overcrowding in Idaho prisons.
Idaho prison health care director Donald Stockman later concluded the physical condition of the cell did not comply with housing standards.