The 8th amendment requires prison authorities to provide a system of ready access to adequate medical care for inmates.
One man is wondering if the care his brother received was adequate.
Anthony Boatwright, 28, was found unresponsive in his cell Dec. 5. Boatwright had been in the Barnwell County jail since July 25.
Elliott Williams, Boatwright's brother, said even though his brother had been in trouble, he was a "very kind person. He would give his shirt off his back for anybody."
Williams and the entire family has been in shock since being informed Boatwright was found in his cell.
A large family of eight children all together, five boys and three girls, Boatwright set himself apart through music. He enjoyed singing particularly rapping and writing poetry, Williams said.
Boatwright loved children, Williams said.
Williams said Boatwright suffered from high blood pressure. He said when he visited his brother, he "always complained of head and chest pains."
Williams said he had been in jail alongside his brother before and when Boatwright complained of chest pains, detention center staff "put him in a room with cameras."
Williams and the rest of Boatwright's family were told that his death was under investigation by the S.C. Law Enforcement Division.
"I still haven't heard back from the lead investigator over the case," Williams said.
"We are still in shock because we are still waiting for information on how my brother died in Barnwell County Detention Center," Williams said.
Williams said protocol for inmates to receive care while incarcerated in Barnwell are to "write an inmate to staff request complaining of medical problems, then request a visit to the doctor."
He said those requests, "might take up to three days for a response back."
Williams said he has previously complained to the administration about the protocol but was told he was the inmate and to "stick to being an inmate" and let them do their job.
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