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Prince George's Corrections Center Accused of Prisoner Abuse Leading to Miscarriage



    Lawsuit Claims Abuse of Prisoner Led to Miscarriage

    The Prince George's County government is facing a federal civil lawsuit on behalf of a woman who says she suffered a miscarriage after being held in the county jail. Prince George's County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins reports on the has more on the claims of prisoner abuse. (Published Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019)

    A lawsuit filed in federal court alleges abuse at the Prince George’s County Correctional Center led to a prisoner’s miscarriage.

    The lawsuit says during Sameirow Carter’s detention at PGCCC, she was targeted, attacked, punished and subjected to inhumane and dangerous conditions.

    The suit names the correctional officers and the director, saying, “Ms. Carter was unjustifiably placed in four-point restraints by correctional officers, physically attacked by another, and forced to urinate on herself while shackled to the bench in her cell.”

    The suit goes on to say Carter was punched in the face while shackled.

    “The punch to Ms. Carter’s face required medical attention, her wrists were injured by the restraints, and, two weeks after her release, Ms. Carter suffered a miscarriage caused by stress associated with the assault,” the suit says.

    Carter could not be reached for comment.

    In a statement, her attorney said, “The county’s treatment of Ms. Carter is not an aberration. It is part of a systemic pattern and practice of using excessive force against detainees and subjecting them to inhumane conditions. The county must be held accountable for its actions and those of its employees.”

    A spokesperson for the jail said they can’t comment on pending litigation.

    The alleged incident happened while Carter was held for one night in August 2017 on a charge of using a handheld telephone while a vehicle was in motion.

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