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Lancaster, Ohio

A September 18, 2014 article in the Eagle Gazette1 titled, Lawsuit alleges mistreatment at juvenile facility, by Jeff Barron, contains the following excerpt:

The lawsuit alleges that juveniles were repeatedly placed in solitary confinement for periods of up to 40 days with temperatures in the mid-50s in the holding cells. The lawsuit alleges the juveniles were frequently kept nearly naked without access to blankets, and as a result of this suffered symptoms of frostbite, including blisters and purplish-blue skin on their fingers and toes. Juveniles also suffered symptoms of hypothermia, including uncontrollable shivering and chattering of teeth, dizziness, nausea, and confusion, the lawsuit contends.

Further along the plaintiff's lawyer, Attorney Edward Forman, is quoted:

These conditions were truly horrific, Forman said. No human being should ever be subjected to conditions like this, and certainly not children. How can we ever expect to reform and help juvenile offenders when we treat them this way?

The lawsuit referenced is a federal suit in the Southern District, Eastern Division case No. 2:14-cv-01608, as found in PACER.


See September 18, 2014 article in the Eagle Gazette titled, "Lawsuit alleges mistreatment at juvenile facility," by Jeff Barron, (external link: http://www.lancastereaglegazette.com/story/news/local/2014/09/18/lawsuit-alleges-mistreatment-juvenile-facility/15848433/) Or,
(internal link: docs/HypoJuvenileVictims.pdf)

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