This case involves a Federal Civil Rights action against a jail that subjected a mentally ill inmate to habitual abuse. The inmate was put in isolation would routinely be denied food and clothes. He was restrained for prolonged periods of time and was prohibited from using the bathroom, often times for over 24 hours. It was alleged that the jail did not properly screen and train their staff and that the staff’s use of restraint was both improper and excessive. An expert in prison policies and procedures was sought to review the facts of the case and to help to determine the extent of the jail’s mismanagement.
Question(s) For Expert Witness
- 1. Do you have knowledge of the proper management of inmates that have mental health issues?
- 2. Are you familiar with the proper use and time limits for restraints?
Expert Witness Response E-040973
As a law enforcement practitioner with 33+ years of experience, including over a decade as a jail administrator, I am very familiar with the best practices for the management of inmates with mental health issues. I am also familiar with the proper use of restrains and the recommended time limits, including the latest DOJ recommendations and executive orders on solitary confinement. There are clearly cruel and unusual punishment issues with the denial of food and clothes. There is already considerable case law on both the use and length of use of restraints.