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Attorney files 2 lawsuits against jail in West Virginia

September 28, 2018

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia attorney has filed two lawsuits against authorities at the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville, saying the combination of understaffing and overcrowding is affecting inmates’ safety.

The Herald-Dispatch reports attorney Kerry Nessel filed the complaints in August on behalf of Jason Cunningham and Travis Collias against several people along with the Western Regional Jail and Correctional Facility authorities.

The lawsuits say there are occasions when officers order inmates to harm others, administer physical punishment in excess of what the situation requires and continually fail to properly search inmates. Nessel says those in control of Western Regional Jail fail to investigate, discipline and report these types of situations.

Lawrence Messina with the state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety declined to comment because the litigation remains pending.

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Information from: The Herald-Dispatch, http://www.herald-dispatch.com

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