Saturday, February 2, 2013

Suit against DC Jail

A deaf and one-time inmate in the DC jail is suing the prison system for allegedly not providing him medical care last year. William Pierce was given 60 days for assault, but wound up in solitary confinement after complaining about the conditions at the private facility where he was confined. Officers handcuffed his hands behind his back, preventing him from communication through ASL. He was even handcuffed during visits with his mother and partner. The lawsuit, which has the backing of the ACLU, also claims Pierce wasn't provided an interpreter for medical appointments and substance abuse classes, or given his medical prescriptions. The D.C. Department of Corrections hasn't responded to the suit yet. Here's a video report on the suit from WRC-TV in Washington.

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