Prison lawsuit earns class action status from Fedefal Judge

A US federal judge in response of a class action status which was filed by inmates at Ely State Prison, allowed class action status.

The lawsuit alleges Ely State Prison for inadequate medical care, cruel and unusual punishment and civil rights violations.

U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks appointed attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union ( ACLU )

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed suit against the prison in March 2008 on behalf of several inmates. ACLU was appointed by U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks to represent all prisoners who are now, or in the future will be, in the custody of the Nevada Department of Corrections” at the state’s maximum security prison.

ACLU alleges that deprivation of medical care is so extreme that all inmates are subjected to “constant significant risk of serious injury, medical harm, premature death, and the needless infliction of great physical pain and suffering.”

The ACLU seeks a court-ordered monitor to oversee care at the prison on grounds that the Corrections Department has not provided adequate medical care to the 1,000 inmates, including those on death row.

According to ACLU attorney Lee Rowland the court order is highly encouraging, it indicates that the federal court is taking allegations of substandard medical care at Ely State Prison very seriously. Equipped with the class action certificate ACLU will be able to monitor the conditions at Ely State Prison in a thorough and thoughtful manner and get the best evidence before the federal court.

A previous doctor report (9007) claimed  a pattern of gross medical abuse in the prison. Author of the report Dr. William Noel described the treatment as most shocking and callous, in addition Dr. Noel admitted that in his 35 years of medical practice he had never encountered such disregard for human life and human suffering situation.



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