By: Irene Lax, Senior Counsel in G&E’s Civil Rights Practice Group
Surrounding the federal courthouse in Jacksonville, Florida last month were civil rights activists vying for justice for detainees of the Baker County Detention Center. Immigrants detained in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody have been allegedly mistreated; denied access to basic human needs as well as privacy when using the restroom or changing their clothes. Supporters of the detainees are calling for the prison to be shut down due to the mistreatment, as reportedly dozens of other complaints have been lodged against the jail regarding the disturbing treatment of the detainees.
G&E currently represents the widow of a British national—Ben Owen—in a lawsuit related to a public records request that seeks to recover critical documents related to Owen’s in-custody death by suicide mere days after commencing his detention at Baker County prison, where he was detained on behalf of ICE—a prison facility known for its inhumane conditions.
Grant & Eisenhofer Lawyers Fight for the Rights of Inmates in Prisons and Jails
Depending on the circumstances, prisoners or their family members may be able to file lawsuits for civil rights violations. If you or a loved one suffered harm due to violations of your rights, reach out to a Grant & Eisenhofer civil rights lawyer to determine whether you can file a lawsuit. We can help investigate your claim and may be able to help you seek compensation for your damages. Call (855) 244-2031 or use our online form to schedule a free consultation.
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