Lawsuit claims inmates receive inadequate medical care

Angola prisoners have sued Warden Burl Cain and the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, alleging substandard medical care at the state penitentiary.

According to local media reports, the lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Baton Rouge.

The suit’s filing comes as a federal appeals court considers a similar lawsuit, filed in 2013, that contends hot conditions on death row at the maximum-security prison constitute cruel and unusual punishment.

The new suit, filed by some of the same lawyers involved in the earlier suit, claims inadequate medical care at the prison also violates the constitutional ban on such punishment, as well as federal disability statutes.

The prisoners are seeking an injunction that lawyers say will bring the Angola prison in line with constitutional standards.

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