Used prison clothes causing bad rashes, infections: lawsuit

JOLIET, Ill. — Melvin Louis Wilson Jr.A 39-year-old Joliet man accused of shooting a man in the stomach on Dec. 21, 2020, filed a pro se lawsuit against the Will County Adult Detention Center, claiming the police station’s prices for prison are extreme.

“If you look at the standard prison and prison code … it states in black and white that all prisons and jails have the right to have reasonable commissioner fees that all inmates can afford,” Wilson continued against the sheriff. Mike Kelley and the Will County Jail Administrator. Dale Santerelli alleges.

According to Wilson’s lawsuit, the Will County Jail does not allow inmates to purchase trailing boxers, socks or undershirts from the commissioner because inmates receive these items through the jail’s laundry system twice. per week.

“However, these items of clothing provided to inmates through the WCADF laundry system are used and worn by other WCADF inmates. God knows what these items have been through!” Wilson exclaimed in his trial.

“Myself and several other inmates have complained to the laundry about how the used clothes have caused…really bad rashes in the area which is (embarrassingly) to say: the penis area, between the cleft of the buttocks, the foot area, the leg area, inmates should either be able to keep their underwear on when they arrive at WCADF or be given new items when they arrive at WCADF,” Wilson explains.

The defendant who shot Joliet also disputes the commissioner’s cost to him and his fellow inmates who are being held at 95 South Chicago St.

“We are charged 99 cents for individual oatmeal packs, which are not meant to be sold individually,” Wilson wrote. “We are charged $2.07 for a 3.2 oz dial bar of soap. This is not meant to be sold individually. It literally says on the items: not for individual sale.

“The Will County Adult Detention Center clearly sets its own rules, violating jail and prison policy by selling all inmates a commissioner at a very high price, which is a violation of human rights. all detainees,” said the plaintiff.

Wilson argues that the defendants violate his Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution “by failing to give plaintiff adequate commissioner awards.”

“For all of these reasons, I would like to sue for a million dollars,” Wilson’s lawsuit concluded.

According to jail records, Wilson has remained in custody since Will County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested him Dec. 21, 2020, for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, robbery, and two assaults.

His bond is $158,000.

At the time of his arrest, Wilson was living in the 3000 block of Woodside Drive.

Wilson’s jury trial on his five criminal charges is scheduled to begin in late January.

According to the criminal complaint, Wilson is accused of pushing the victim, punching him in the head, forcibly removing the man’s gun and shooting the man in the stomach.

Last week, Will County Deputy Public Defender Kristen Wyss filed a motion stating “Wilson intends to assert self-defense.”

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Elizabeth J. Harless