A group of 67 county jail inmates have filed a lawsuit against the county claiming negligence in an outbreak of illness that followed the 2002 Thanksgiving meal in the jail. More than a third of the 719 inmates in jail on Nov. 28, 2002, reported symptoms of illness after that day’s dinner.
An investigation by county and state officials tagged salmonella as the likely cause of the outbreak, reports the Daily News.
The lawsuit charges that jail officials knew of the unsafe condition beforehand, but did nothing to stop it.
The jail falls under the purview of the sheriff’s office. Sheriff Gean Leonard said he could not comment on the particulars of the lawsuit because he had not seen it, but said deputies would never knowingly expose inmates to danger.