‘Dogs Get Treated Better!’ Ex-Cons Sue Jail for Inhumane Treatment

*A St. Louis jail is being sued by former inmates who claim they were treated inhumanely. The former inmates say they were served food with rodent feces in it; had to share a dorm with 69 other inmates –with one toilet, a sink and a shower.

?I felt like I was treated like a dog. Dogs get treated better, to tell you the truth,? James Cody, one of the plaintiffs, told the Associated Press. He said the staff would brush the rat feces off of cake and then serve it to the inmates anyway.

The Washington Post reports, former inmate said after she was in the hospital for a week for high blood pressure, she was denied medicine.

Wortham said due to mold in the jail, she breathed through a T-shirt and stuffed shirts under her cell door to keep mice out.

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Wortham had been jailed for 22 days for a traffic violation. Cody was in for 8 months due to probation violation.

?I didn?t think I was going to make it out of the Workhouse alive,? Wortham said.

The nonprofit organization, ArchCity Defenders, filed the lawsuit on behalf of Cody, 43, and six others. The former inmates are seeking monetary damages and want the facility to be closed down.


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