Former Inmates File Federal Lawsuit Against Jail

Some former inmates of the Laurel County jail file a federal lawsuit after they say they contracted infectious diseases while in jail. In the suit they blame overcrowding and unsanitary conditions.

Four former inmates and one family member filed the lawsuit this week against the Laurel County jailer, the judge executive, the jail nurse and other staff members for allegedly exposing them to a penicillin-resistant staph infection.

The lawsuit says healthy inmates were allegedly housed with infected inmates without their knowledge and co-mingled their bedding and clothing.

It also says medical treatment was not administered appropriately for those diseases, potentially exposing family members and unknown others to the infectious disease.

County officials have 20 days to respond to the lawsuit. We were told none were available for comment today.

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