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Riverhead Correctional Facility Complaint

Riverhead Correctional Facility Complaint

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In 2012, the NYCLU and the law firm of Shearman & Sterling LLP filed a federal class-action lawsuit involving more than 100 inmates citing the “grotesquely inhumane conditions” at Suffolk’s two jails and citing overflowing sewage, chronic overcrowding, rodent and insect infestations, pervasive mold and rust, among other problems.
In 2012, the NYCLU and the law firm of Shearman & Sterling LLP filed a federal class-action lawsuit involving more than 100 inmates citing the “grotesquely inhumane conditions” at Suffolk’s two jails and citing overflowing sewage, chronic overcrowding, rodent and insect infestations, pervasive mold and rust, among other problems.

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Published by: LongIslandPress on Jun 06, 2014
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
----------------------------------------------------------------------x MACK BUTLER, DASHAUN SIMS, CLYDE LOFTON, 11-cv-02602 (JS) (GRB) PAUL ALVER, KEVIN KING, and RICKEY LYNCH, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated,
CONSOLIDATED
 Plaintiffs,
 AMENDED CLASS ACTION
 
COMPLAINT
vs.
 SUFFOLK COUNTY, VINCENT F. DEMARCO, in his
JURY TRIAL
 individual and official capacity, JOSEPH T. CARACAPPA,
DEMANDED
 in his individual and official capacity, and JOHN P. MEYERRICKS, in his individual and official capacity,
 Defendants.
 ----------------------------------------------------------------------x
Case 2:11-cv-02602-JS-GRB Document 334 Filed 04/05/12 Page 1 of 42 PageID #: 1353
 
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS Page
 NATURE OF THE ACTION.........................................................................................................1 JURISDICTION AND VENUE.....................................................................................................2 PARTIES........................................................................................................................................3 I. The Named Plaintiffs..............................................................................................3 II. The Defendants.......................................................................................................5 CLASS ACTION ALLEGATIONS...............................................................................................6 FACTUAL ALLEGATIONS.........................................................................................................8 I. Background.............................................................................................................8 II. Overcrowding at the Suffolk County Correctional Facilities.................................9 III. The Squalid, Unhygienic, and Hazardous Living Conditions at the Suffolk County Correctional Facilities..............................................................................11 A. The Riverhead Facility
“I know we’ve done things wrong, but nobody should have to live like this”
........................................................11 i. Chronic Exposure to Human Waste...............................................11 ii. Hazardous Showers Corrections officer admits
“I would not even put my dog in these showers”
................................................13 iii. Prolonged Exposure to Mold, Rust, Vermin, Freezing Temperatures, and Leaking Water, in a Facility Lacking Adequate Ventilation.....................................................................14 B. The Yaphank Facility
“I shouldn’t have to live in fear for my health and safety”
................................................................................................17 i. Chronic Exposure to Human Waste...............................................17 ii. Hazardous Showers........................................................................18 iii. Prolonged Exposure to Mold, Rust, Vermin, Freezing Temperatures, and Leaking Water, in a Facility Lacking Adequate Ventilation.....................................................................19
Case 2:11-cv-02602-JS-GRB Document 334 Filed 04/05/12 Page 2 of 42 PageID #: 1354
 
 IV. Lack of Access to Clean Drinking Water and Safe Food at the Suffolk County Correctional Facilities –
“I wouldn’t even give my dog the stuff they gave us”
................................................................................................................21 A. Riverhead’s Contaminated Drinking Water and Food..............................22 B. Yaphank’s Contaminated Drinking Water and Food................................24 V. Defendants’ Pattern and Practice of Deliberate Indifference to the Inhumane Conditions at the SCCF........................................................................................27 A. Suffolk County .........................................................................................27 B. Defendants DeMarco, Caracappa, and Meyerricks..................................33 CAUSES OF ACTION.................................................................................................................36 PRAYER FOR RELIEF...............................................................................................................38
Case 2:11-cv-02602-JS-GRB Document 334 Filed 04/05/12 Page 3 of 42 PageID #: 1355

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