- Associated Press - Thursday, August 7, 2014

PASCO, Wash. (AP) - Franklin County Sheriff Richard Lathim is defending his jail staff against accusations that inmates are treated inhumanely.

He told Tri-City Herald (https://bit.ly/1oGR3IO ) that a lawsuit filed in federal court was based on lies from inmates hoping for a lighter sentence or plea deal.

The lawsuit filed by Columbia Legal Services on behalf of inmates says mentally ill inmates were chained to a fence for days, pepper-sprayed or left unsupervised in restraint chairs.

The lawsuit asks the judge to order jail to stop practices that putting inmates at risk of being hurt.

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Information from: Tri-City Herald, https://www.tri-cityherald.com

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