Patterson v. Kelley

Inmate at Lincoln County, Ark. prison attacks a sleeping inmate, who now has glass eye, walks with cane because of extensive nerve damage. The attack is caught on video and awakens most of the 54-man barracks, but no guard sees or hears it. Victim: Everybody knew the place isn’t safe. There are violent attacks all the time. There’s one guard for 108 inmates; guards don’t have an unobstructed view into the barracks, and they frequently skip their scheduled rounds. Eighth Circuit (over a dissent): Can’t sue over that.

Tags: 2018, Eighth Amendment, Eighth Circuit, Prison

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