Dallas Morning News, Feb. 21, 2007 DALLAS - In what one attorney called a landmark case, Dallas County commissioners agreed Tuesday to pay $950,000 to the families of three mentally ill former inmates, one of whom died, to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit over medical care at the jail. James Monroe Mims was sent to the jail from a state hospital in 2004 for a court hearing, but he didn't receive his medication for two months. He nearly died after water to his cell was shut off for two weeks. Clarence Lee Grant Jr., who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and had been found incompetent to stand trial, died in his jail cell in 2003 after he did not receive any medicine for five days. Kennedy Nickerson, who also suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, was released from the jail in 2003 without medication or notice to his family. All three cases in the lawsuit occurred after the county contracted with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston to improve jail conditions. The lawsuit alleged that the county, the Sheriff's Department and the county hospital district, which hired UTMB, showed "deliberate, callous and conscious indifference" to the inmates' civil rights by denying them proper medical treatment. UTMB was replaced as the jail's medical provider last year by Parkland Memorial Hospital.