July 19, 2014 at 10:00 am

Jackson inmate accepts $250 to settle lawsuit

Jackson The state Corrections Department has agreed to pay $250 to settle a lawsuit by an inmate who said his health was harmed by exposure to mold and bleach.

John Jacobson says he was told to remove the mold with undiluted bleach but no mask. He says the mold in his cell gave him allergies, and bleach caused nose bleeds, sinus problems and headaches.

The 44-year-old Jacobson was housed at the Cotton prison in Jackson. Hes now at a prison in mid-Michigan with 2 1 / 2 years left before hes eligible for parole for third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The Corrections Department admitted no liability in the settlement reached this week in Detroit federal court.