MILWAUKEE (AP) — The daughter of a Wisconsin inmate who killed himself in solitary confinement has filed a federal lawsuit in opposition to state jail officers, alleging they failed to supply enough psychological well being care and medicines.
Dean Hoffmann was discovered useless in his cell at Waupun Correctional Establishment in June on the ninth day of a stint in solitary confinement. He’s one among at the very least three Waupun inmates who died in 2023. The opposite two deaths stay beneath investigation.
Hoffmann’s daughter, Megan Hoffmann Kolb, filed the lawsuit in Milwaukee on Tuesday in search of unspecified damages.
Hoffmann was sentenced to greater than 20 years in jail in February 2023 for kidnapping a lady in 2018. His daughter alleges within the lawsuit that he was affected by extreme psychological sickness when he entered Waupun in April. He went weeks with out seeing any psychological well being care suppliers attributable to a lockdown Warden Randall Hepp carried out in March and obtained remedy solely sporadically.
Guards positioned Hoffmann in solitary confinement on June 20 after he refused to return to his cell, saying his cellmate had threatened him. He was discovered useless in solitary on June 29. The lawsuit alleges nobody carried out a psychological examine on him whereas he was in solitary, a guard informed him he didn’t care if he killed himself and guards didn’t give him his remedy the morning he killed himself.
State Division of Corrections spokesperson Beth Hardtke stated the company doesn’t touch upon pending litigation as a matter of coverage.
A scarcity of guards has pressured a number of Wisconsin prisons, together with establishments in Waupun, Inexperienced Bay and Stanley, to institute lockdowns final 12 months. Some motion restrictions have since eased however the lockdowns are nonetheless ongoing.
A gaggle of Waupun inmates filed a class-action federal lawsuit in Milwaukee in October alleging lockdown circumstances quantity to merciless and strange punishment. Megan Hoffmann Kolb’s legal professional, Lonnie Story, is representing the inmates in that case as effectively.
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