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ACLU to Sue on Behalf of Inmates During Water Crisis

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The American Civil Liberties Union says it plans to sue the state on behalf of jail inmates over water rations during a 2014 chemical spill that contaminated the drinking water of more than 300,000 people.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the ACLU’s state chapter issued the notice Tuesday alleging South Central Regional Jail inmates were given inadequate amounts of drinking and bathing water from Jan. 9 to 14, 2014.

ACLU attorney Jamie Lynn Crofts says inmates were given as little as two bottles of water to drink per day. The notice says inmates were retaliated against when they requested more water and medical attention.

State Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety spokesman Lawrence Messina says officers worked overtime to distribute bottled water until regular water use was restored.