ACLU claims Arpaio's inmates lack treatment

Posted at 7:22 PM, Apr 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-05 00:30:37-04

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio faces some potential legal trouble again, this time with the care of mentally ill inmates in his jails. 

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a motion in federal court Friday alleging that mentally ill inmates at the county jail do not receive adequate care.

In the documents, Pablo Stewart, a correctional mental health expert, claims he reviewed 47 inmate records and found 29 of them were not given proper care. 

One inmate, "DC,"  spread feces on his body and was placed on suicide watch. 

Another inmate, "JF," attempted to flood his cell with toilet water. He also claimed on one occasion that he was Jesus. 

ACLU Arizona Executive Director Alessandra Soler said these mentally ill inmates are spending up to 24 hours a day in isolation. ACLU does jail visits and communicates with family members. 

"Their conditions are deteriorating, they're becoming suicidal," Soler said. 

A 2014 court order requires that inmates "have ready access to care." 

Maricopa County spokesman Fields Moseley declined to comment Monday, citing the ongoing case.