Sheriff’s spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan said late Wednesday afternoon her office had yet to receive the lawsuit. She added, “We’ve been transparent and we’ve been working with the parties to make improvements.”
In past statements, representatives on both sides of the litigation have acknowledged that the mentally ill women inmates present a challenge to manage in a jail setting.
The lawsuit includes graphic photos and details unimaginable conditions for the women detainees.
Some women were found lying on their floors with feces or food smeared over their bodies, the suit said. Many of the women were unresponsive and some who did speak did so incoherently. Others communicated by writing messages in feces or food on their cell walls, the suit said.
Pools of urine were found on cell floors, and broken toilets had filled to the brim or were overflowing, the suit said. It also said an overpowering smell of feces, urine and vomit made it difficult for people to breathe.