Jail inmates made to stand naked for 12 hours

Jail inmates made to stand naked for 12 hours
Sydney: A group of prisoners in Georgia, in the United States, have filed a lawsuit after being made to stand naked for 12 hours, smeared with cream, a media report said.

The lawsuit claims that 29 inmates at the Whitfield County jail in Dalton - about 145 km north of Atlanta - were involved in the incident in October last year, The Australian quoted the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as saying.

David Bennett, 42, filed the suit with fellow inmate Jesus Gallardo, seeking $5 million in punitive damages, citing human rights violations.

Bennett told The Daily Citizen that the treatment was degrading.

"It was complete humiliation," he said.

He said the treatment caused "physical strain with the coldness, the shaking and shivering".

Captain Wesley Lynch, who directs jail operations and is one of the defendants in the suit, said the treatment was carried out to get rid of lice.