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Inmate suing sheriff, jail administrator

November 19, 2012
The Leader Herald

GLEN - A Montgomery County Correctional Facility inmate is suing the county's sheriff and jail administrator after the inmate claimed he was denied his rights.

Michael Lee Oliver, the inmate, filed a lawsuit against Montgomery County Sheriff Michael Amato and Jail Administrator Michael T. Franko that claims he was told his complaint about being placed in protective custody was not "grievable."

"I was denied and told that my complaint was not grievable no matter what," Oliver said in his lawsuit, filed Oct. 31 in state Supreme Court in Montgomery County.

Oliver claims he is being treated this way because he angered the guards and administrator with a previous lawsuit.

In the new lawsuit, Oliver is seeking $5.9 million in comprehensive and punitive damages.

In his previous lawsuit, Oliver was one of several inmates suing the sheriff's office and the jail. The inmates claimed they were unfairly placed in protective custody because of past offenses. They are alleging violations of their civil rights.

In their lawsuits, inmates have said protective-custody status means they are restricted to their cells 23 hours a day and deprived of rights given to other prisoners.



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