The New York Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit in Nassau County Supreme Court on behalf of two jail inmates against Nassau County and County Executive Edward Mangano in an effort to change how inmates are treated. Since 2010, the Long Island jail has had seven deaths by suicide, including Iraqi War veteran Bartholomew Ryan.
In a statement issued by the NYCLU Nassau County Chapter, Director Samantha Fredrickson said, “Since Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano has turned a blind eye to this disturbing reality, we have no choice but to ask the court to compel the county to take this initial step toward finally treating people housed at the jail with basic human dignity.”
Plaintiff Joseph Marone was forced to wait a week to see a doctor about an ear infection that made his ear bleed. Paul Nanista was denied from receiving a doctor examination and pain medicine after he broke a toe. Overall, the NYCLU has received more than 200 complaints since 2010 about mistreatment and inadequate medical care at the facility.
People shouldn’t be forced to live in constant pain because the county won’t provide them with basic medical care,” Courthouse News reported Marone as saying in a statement. “I hope this lawsuit marks the beginning of the end of the county’s cruel indifference toward people housed at the jail.”
Parker Waichman LLP is representing Bartholowme Ryan’s mother, Lilyann, in her wrongful death lawsuit against Nassau County.