An inmate currently incarcerated at High Desert State Prison (HDSP) was allegedly assaulted and stabbed in his single-man cell while he was incarcerated at Ely State Prison in March 2018. He alleges prison gang members due to his unwillingness to associate with a prison gang. In addition, in September 2019, he broke both legs and ankles when he jumped over a high fence in an attempted escape from HDSP. He then underwent surgery and received braces and a wheelchair. After being returned to HDSP following surgery, he was placed on suicide watch. The cell where he was housed had excrement and urine stains and smelled strongly of disinfectant spray. The light was left on in his cell at night not allowing him adequate sleep. He reports he was left on the floor overnight after falling from his bed while attempting to get into his wheelchair. He claims he was denied adequate medical care and pain relief. When he filed medical grievances, he alleges they were ignored or denied because English is his second language and the grievances were not clearly written in English. He is claiming loss of property, placement in segregation without cause, wrongful transfer of from his prison account to allegedly pay fines associated with his attempted escape, lack of medical attention, and lack of accommodations for providing food because they placed his tray of food where he could not access it while in his wheelchair. As a result, he filed a 1983 civil rights law suit and is seeking monetary damages and injunctive relief. He would like representation through the Federal Pro Bono Program. Next Deadline(s): Status Conference 4/4/2023 at 8:30 a.m. via videoconference.
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