4OYS: Female inmate alleges abuse at Valencia County Detention Center

Posted at: 12/19/2012 9:30 PM
Updated at: 12/19/2012 10:10 PM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A lawsuit filed this month makes explosive allegations about how staff at the Valencia County Detention Center treated a female inmate who suffered from mental issue disorders.

He suit alleges Jan Green was denied sanitary napkins and toilet paper while she was in solitary confinement forcing her to live in her filth.

Green was an inmate at the VCDC and was incarcerated for domestic violence. Green’s attorney, Matt Coyte, said Green had a history of mental illness and the jail had a responsibility to treat it, but chose to ignore to the point Green went into psychosis.

The suit alleges a guard taunted Green by waving sanitary napkins in front of her window. It claims Green bled on herself for months at a time and was seen by guards with blood stained clothing. The suit also claims since Green was denied toilet paper, she was forced to wipe herself with paper bags from her sack lunches.

The court documents also claim that since Green wore the same clothing for such a long period of time, her sock rooted into the flesh of her foot.

"It's shocking, right?” said Coyte. “Its difficult to believe that we are in a situation where you don't get the basic sanitary needs that a human being requires whether they be in jail or not."

KOB’s “4 On Your Side” team took the allegations to the jail’s warden Joe Chavez.

"That never came to my attention,” Warden Chavez said. “I always made rounds once a week to speak to every inmate in the jail and I spoke to her.”

Warden Chavez said he would now begin an internal investigation into the matter. County leaders have also stated they are concerned by the allegations.

"Let us get to the bottom of it,” said Valencia County Commissioner Georgia Otero-Kirkham. “That is something that we certainly need to look at. As an elected official I am embarrassed and ashamed if that did happen."