Alarming Lawsuit Exposes Keen Mountain Abuses: Inmate Subjected to 174 Strip Searches in 24 Days
Written by: Sam Orlando
In a shocking revelation, a lawsuit has been lodged in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, uncovering disturbing civil rights violations at Keen Mountain Correctional Center. Jared Meadows, a state prisoner, is the plaintiff, accusing officials, including Israel Hamilton and D. Squier, of grave misconduct in both their individual and official capacities.
Unjust Strip Searches Unveiled
The complaint, filed under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, paints a grim picture of Meadows' experience after non-contact and supervised visits, where he allegedly endured a staggering 174 strip searches in just 24 days. These actions, immediately following Meadows being secured in a booth without any human contact, are described as not only excessive but as calculated and targeted harassment.
Pattern of Excessive Searches
Details emerging from the lawsuit reveal an appalling pattern of strip searches, with Meadows reportedly subjected to this invasive procedure multiple times a day, even when there was no human contact during the visits. The lawsuit sheds light on the following breakdown:
June 24, 2023: 4 searches (8:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m.)
June 26, 2023: 4 searches (10:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m.)
June 27, 2023: 4 searches (9:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m.)
June 28, 2023: 4 searches (10:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m.)
June 29, 2023: 4 searches (10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m.)
June 30, 2023: 4 searches (8:00 a.m., 10:30 p.m.)
July 1, 2023: 4 searches (8:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m.)
July 3, 2023: 2 searches (11:00 a.m.)
July 4, 2023: 4 searches (3:00 p.m.)
July 5, 2023: 4 searches (10:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m.)
... and the pattern continues, totaling 174 searches within the stated timeframe!
Denial of Due Process and Defiance
The lawsuit alleges that Meadows voiced objections to these strip searches, arguing they were unjust. Defendant Squier purportedly responded by suggesting that Meadows could choose not to partake in video visits if he disagreed with the searches. This exchange raises serious questions about the denial of due process and the allegedly arbitrary nature of the searches.
Claims for Relief and Request for Justice
Meadows' complaint outlines claims for relief, including unjustified searches, excessive use of force, and denial of due process. In seeking justice, Meadows is calling for declaratory judgments, an injunction to cease strip searches unless justified, compensatory damages totaling $750,000, and punitive damages of $1.75 million against Defendants Squier and Hamilton.
Demand for Action and Court Intervention
The grave allegations put forth in this lawsuit demand a thorough investigation, accountability for those responsible, and immediate corrective action. Meadows urges the court to intervene and halt what he describes as egregious and unconstitutional conduct.
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