- Associated Press - Thursday, May 26, 2016

REDDING, Calif. (AP) - A new lawsuit claims that a Northern California jail and sheriff’s office mistreated disabled inmates.

The Sacramento Bee reports (https://bit.ly/1NPClOY ) that the complaint filed in federal court Wednesday says the Shasta County jail doesn’t comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, limiting disabled prisoners’ ability to sleep and use restrooms and showers, among other things.

The complaint also says Sheriff’s Office staff retaliated against disabled inmates who complained about such conditions by denying cancer medication, serving tainted food, performing body cavity searches, sending them to solitary confinement or taking away canes and walkers.

The suit was filed on behalf of four people who spent time in the jail and the nonprofit Legal Services for Prisoners with Children.

No one was immediately available for comment at the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, https://www.sacbee.com

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