Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Times-News: Amputee Inmate Alleges Unsafe Conditions At Jerome County Jail

Posted By on Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Alleging that the Jerome County Jail is unsafe, an inmate locked up for convictions for felony drug possession and driving without privileges has filed a lawsuit against the county.

This morning's Twin Falls Times-News reports that Melvin McCabe describes jail conditions as "unsafe, unhealthy and inhuman." McCabe wrote in his complaint that he lost his left eye, his left leg and left hand to a 1991 dynamite explosion. He also wrote that he's legally blind in his right eye.

McCabe said that he needs a handicap-accessible shower but when he used the jail's traditional shower, he was twice injured in a fall—once in January 2012 and again in February of this year. McCabe also said that he must hop on one foot in a circle in order to properly rinse himself in the shower.

McCabe is also alleging that he is being denied pain medication.

McCable is seeking $3 million in his lawsuit.

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