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36 ICE detainees at Clinton County prison sue, allege constitutional rights violations

LOCK HAVEN – Immigration detainees claim their constitutional rights have been violated by the conditions in which they are housed at the Clinton County Correctional Facility.

Thirty-six separate suits have been filed in U.S. Middle District Court by detainees representing themselves listing more than two dozen alleged examples of violations.

The suits seek a court order requiring an inspection by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) plus a temporary restraining order to stop the alleged violations.

They also seek termination of the contract with Clinton County to house detainees if the inspections verify the alleged conditions.

Clinton County is in the business of operating a county prison and not an ICE detention facility, they contend.

One of the detainees’ complaints is they cannot maintain personal hygiene because they must buy two large bars of bath soap, shampoo and deodorant at the commissary that they claim are provided for free weekly at other ICE detention centers.

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