FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): A lawsuit claims that there are no free legal aid at the Allen County Jail.
It’s a possible class-action lawsuit that was filed against Allen County Sheriff David Gladieux in federal court. It was filed by an inmate named Patrick Hodgin, who is accused of dumping methamphetamine waste.
The suit accuses Gladieux of violating state and U.S. constitutional law by not providing a law library or legal assistance to inmates. He says the only way inmates can get any legal information is if they have money and have an Allen County confinement officer look up the case law in a search engine.
Hodgin also claims that he was assaulted by his cellmate and suffered multiple facial injuries. He says in court documents that he wanted to sue the sheriff’s department for failing to protect him, but he does not have money for an attorney.
The Journal-Gazette is reporting that Hodgin wants to get other inmates at the jail on the suit with him. It doesn’t have class-action status yet, but that could change of more inmates step forward.
The Allen County Sheriff’s Department has not yet responded to the suit.