The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

March 10, 2013

8 sue jail for $1.6M

Conditions inhumane, inmates claim

By Francis Scarcella
The Daily Item

— SUNBURY — Eight Northumberland County Prison inmates have filed a $1.6 million federal lawsuit against the jail, citing inhumane conditions, racial discrimination, retaliation and cruel and unusual punishment by guards.

Jason Mercado, Angel Espada, Hakeem Jefferson, Timothy Tyler, Tyrone Short, Katone Walker, Matthew Romero and Robert Perez filed a class action lawsuit Monday in the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Scranton.

Warden Roy Johnson; Cmdr. Brian Wheary; Lts. Jim Smink, Jason Carl and Michael Walburn; and Sgts. Michael Gibbs, Krista Brouse and Joshua Lehman are named as defendants.

Brouse and Lehman are also defendants in $1 million lawsuits filed in September by two other inmates, cases that have not yet been adjudicated.

The eight inmates seek a transfer to another facility, $200,000 each, released from segregation, and for the prison to correct and improve its conditions.

Read more of this story in Sunday's edition of The Daily Item.