- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 1, 2016

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - A prisoner rights group has filed a federal lawsuit alleging inmate abuse and other violations in San Bernardino County jails.

The Sun newspaper reports Tuesday (https://bit.ly/216KdMG ) that the Berkeley, California-based Prison Law Office filed the suit in Riverside on behalf of two inmates at the West Valley Detention Center.

The lawsuit alleges that jail staff use excessive force and medical and mental health care are deficient.

The suit says one inmate has been routinely denied a cane though he is physically disabled, and was given a wheelchair but not housed in a wheelchair-accessible unit.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has denied allegations.



The Prison Law Office is seeking class-action status to cover the county’s nearly 6,000 inmates. The office previously sued over jail conditions in Riverside and Fresno counties.

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Information from: The Sun, https://www.sbsun.com

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