Deaths In Lowndes County Jail, Judge Hugh Lawson, and his decree, "Civil Action 89-54-VAL, filed in U.S. District court of the Middle District of Georgia Valdosta Division in Macon, GA on June 6, 1989? Ruling on June 6, 1997, but it appears that HE did nothing to RESPECT CITIZENS RIGHTS here in Valdosta, Lowndes County Georgia...How Sad?
Information taken from Civil Action No. 89-54-VAL, of the Middle District of Georgia, Valdosta Division.
Did Judge Hugh Lawson insure that his final decree (June 6, 1997), was CORRECTED? If not, could following up prevented some of the twenty-seven deaths of inmates in the Valdosta, Lowndes County Jail for whatever reason? God will judge if no one else cares about their fellow human beings....
Filed at 1:15 P.m. June 6, 1989. IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF GEORGIA VALDOSTA DIVISION ON BEHALF OF 4 PLAINTIFFS VS. LOWNDES COUNTY, GEORGIA, BY AND THROUGH ITS BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS:
I.PRELIMINARY STATEMENT. OMITTED
II. JURISDICTION. OMITTED HERE
III. VENUE. OMITTED HERE
IV. PLAINTIFFS. OMITTED HERE
V. CLASS ACTION ALLEGATIONS. OMITTED HERE
VI. DEFENDANTS. OMITTED HERE
VII. FACTUAL ALLEGATIONS
16. Plaintiffs and the class they represent are subjected routinely to illegal and unconstitutional conditions of confinement, to wit:
(a). With half or more of the population sleeping on the floor each night, the jail is overcrowded to the point that it doe snot provide a minimally adequate level of secure and sanitary living space and does not provide the inmates with a minimally adequate level of other basic services such as medical care;
(b) Inadequate classification of inmates by age, criminal justice status, health or mental health condition, or by other rational and appropriate means;
(c) Racial segregation in the housing of inmates;
(d) Ventilation and air circulation within cellblocks which are inadequate for the number of inmates housed therein;
(e) Inmates receive inadequate recreation and physical exercise whether indoor or outdoor;
(f) Inmates are not afforded adequate access to medical, dental or mental health care;
(g) Inmate medical screening on arrival and within fourteen days thereafter is inadequate to isolate or treat inmates who need medical care or, who by virtue of mental state, severe intoxication, or infectious disease, are injurious to themselves or others;
(h) Inmates are without access to legal materials or professional legal assistance;
(i) An inadequate number of trained security staff to assure inmate safety and welfare; and
(j) Defendants do not comply with the Environmental Health Optimum Program Guidelines for county detention facilities, as promulgated by the Institutional Health Unit of the Georgia Department of Human Resources.
VIII. FIRST CAUSE OF ACTION.
17. Paragraphs 1 through 16 are realigned and incorporated herein.
18. The conditions, policies, practices, omissions, and procedures of the defendants in the jail are so extreme as to constitute a denial of the plaintiffs' rights as secured by the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
SECOND CAUSE OF ACTION
19. Paragraphs 1 through 16 are re-alleged and incorporated herein.
20. The conditions and practices in the Jail are so extreme as to constitute a deprivation of liberty without due process of law as guaranteed to each citizen by the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.
THIRD CAUSE OF ACTION
Paragraphs 1 through 16 are re-alleged and incorporated herein.
22. The denial of reasonable access to legal materials and to legal professional personnel violates the plaintiffs' rights to access to the courts as guaranteed by the First, Sixth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.
FOURTH CAUSE OF ACTION
23. Paragraphs 1 through 16 are realleged and incorperated herein.
24. Lack of adequate medical care at the Jail, alone, and in combination with the denial of exercise to inmates constitutes a callous and deliberate indifference to the serious health and medical needs of those detained at the Jail, in violation of the Eight and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.
FIFTH CAUSE OF ACTION
25. Paragraphs w through 16 are re-alleged and incorporated herein.
26. The conditions, policies, practices, omissions and procedures at the Jail for which the defendants are responsible constitute a violation of the plaintiffs' rights under the Constitution and Laws of the State of Georgia, including the inmates' rights to conditions of confinement in conformity to the standards established under Act No. 448, Georgia Laws 1973, amended Act No. 324, Georgia Laws 1977, codified in part at O.C.G.A. SS42-4-30 through 42-4-33.
FOR MORE INFORMATION-----PLEASE OBTAIN THE ENTIRE DOCUMENT. Civil Action 89-54-VAl. UNITED STATE DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF GEORGIA VALDOSTA DIVISION.
This seem to be the best kept secret in Valdosta, and Lowndes County Georgia and our elected officials from both the city and county government seems uninterested in resolving these conditions that have existed for too long in our beloved community. But then again, who really cares?