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Ohio Jail Wrongfully Uses Stun Gun on Naked, Disabled and Pregnant Inmates, DOJ Says in Filing

Posted Nov 4, 2010 6:24 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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The U.S. Department of Justice has weighed in on an ongoing federal civil rights suit in Ohio, asking to join in a complaint brought by a state agency over stun gun use by jail personnel in Franklin County.

Guards unconstitutionally are shocking inmates to "soften up" those who pose no threat but are considered behavior problems, a DOJ filing says, and have regularly used stun guns on inmates who are naked, disabled or pregnant, the Associated Press reported.

The county prosecutor's office represents the jail. It did not immediately respond to an AP phone message today but has previously said that the case should be dismissed because inmates didn't exhaust their administrative remedies within the jail before bringing suit.

The action was originally filed by Legal Rights Service.

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