Regional
2:30 pm
Fri February 27, 2004

Indiana Jail Inmates File Lawsuit

Jeffersonville, Indiana – Clark County, Indiana jail inmates who helped remodel a building at the former Indiana Army Ammunition Plant have filed a lawsuit. They claim they were exposed to asbestos and other hazardous materials. The 21 inmates who helped convert the building into a training center for the sheriff's department are seeking $100,000 for future medical care, plus punitive damages and attorneys' fees.

The suit names Sheriff Michael Becher and the County Commissioners as defendents. It claims the inmates were exposed to a number of hazardous chemicals, poisons, as well as other unknown hazardous materials and waste, asbestos and lead paint. The suit contends several inmates became ill during demolition, cleanup and renovation work at the building. The suit was filed February 5th in Clark County Circuit Court and transferred to U.S. District Court in New Albany on February 19th.