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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Hawaii: ACLU Sues State for "Unsanitary" "Chaotic" Youth Prisons

From Findlaw.com: Honolulu (AP): "A civil liberties group sued the state of Hawaii on Monday, saying it failed to protect inmates at a youth prison where teens were abused and kept in overcrowded, unsanitary conditions.

The class-action lawsuit asks for a federal court-ordered expert to "design, implement and oversee policies and procedures" at the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility, said Lois Perrin, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii...

After an ACLU report in 2003 said young inmates were abused and harassed, the prison's two top administrators were removed and the attorney general's office launched an investigation. In August, the U.S. Justice Department released its own critical report, saying the young inmates' constitutional and federal statutory rights were being violated and describing the Kailua facility as 'existing in a state of chaos'...An ACLU lawsuit last month accused guards at the youth prison of harassing and discriminating against inmates because of their sexual orientation." Story... [Mark Godsey]

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