The Gibson County Jail is overcrowded and understaffed, and as a result it is a place where violence between prisoners is common and dangerous conditions prevail. This case challenges the conditions of confinement at the Gibson County Jail. 
 
As a result of the overcrowding, some blocks have prisoners living three to a two-person cell with one person sleeping on the cell floor. This causes a great deal of tension, because the small size of the cells means that prisoners have very little space to maneuver
around each other. The jail is understaffed, and if prisoners are in medical or other forms of distress, it is difficult if not impossible to get prompt attention from guards.
 
Additionally, the Jail has a policy that prevents prisoners from receiving newspapers or other publications, even directly from the publishers. The conditions in the Jail violate the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.
 

The case is proceeding.

 

Date filed

February 13, 2019

Court

U.S. Dist. Ct. – So. Dist. Evansville Division

Status

Active

Case number

3:19-cv-30

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