US & Canada

Family given $1.73m for cancer death of jailed migrant

The family of a man who died after his cancer was left undiagnosed for over a year while he was in prison has been awarded $1.73m (£1.1m).

A jury in Los Angeles said state prisons were partly to blame for the death in 2007 of Francisco Castaneda, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador.

Castaneda, jailed on drugs charges in 2005, was repeatedly denied proper care for what turned out to be penile cancer, his lawyer said. He died at 36.

His daughter will get $1.5m in damages.

His lawyer, Conal Doyle, said doctors who had examined Castaneda had twice ordered a biopsy but it was never carried out.

His condition worsened to the point where his penis had to be amputated in 2007 and he died soon after.

Mr Doyle said Castaneda's family felt that the court's decision had restored justice to him. The rest of the court award will pay for medical costs incurred after his release.