Lawsuit against Cole County thrown out
COLE COUNTY- A federal judge ruled against Cole County jail inmates' lawsuit against the Cole County Sheriff's Department.
The three inmates, Fineola Ingram, Justin Simmons, and Brian Boykin, filed a $100 million lawsuit against the Cole County Sheriff’s Department in July 2015 for Eighth Amendment violations involving the jail's laundry policy.
U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey had originally dismissed their complaint on September 24, 2015 for failing to state a valid Eighth Amendment claim.
On Monday, Judge Laughrey cited that the plaintiffs failed to bring forward any new evidence to the court after the original dismissal order.
The three inmates claimed while they were detained in the Cole County Detention Center their basic human rights were violated under the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments.
Inmates presented issues of sleeping conditions and only being issued a single set of clothing.
The lawsuit listed Cole County Sheriff Greg White and Deputy Sheriff/Administrator of the Cole County Detention Center John Wheeler as defendants.
“We took this law suit very seriously because we take those duties to the county and to the inmates seriously, both professionally and personally,” White said in a news release. “We always try to bring our operation up to best practice standards.”