Riverside County Criticizes Inmate Health Care Lawsuit
Riverside County has asked a judge to dismiss a civil rights class-action lawsuit filed against its jail system by inmates who complained about inadequate health care services. In its response to a cruel-and-unusual punishment complaint filed by four inmates, county officials said that the prisoners had declined to take prescribed mediation, as well as refused or failed to attend medical appointments while in custody. The officials also said that three of the individuals no longer are incarcerated and thus lack standing to sue, further noting that the plaintiffs did not exhaust all available grievance procedures before filing the lawsuit.
- "Riverside County: Jail Inmates' Health Lawsuit Should Be Tossed, Attorneys Say" (De Atley, Riverside Press-Enterprise, 5/28).