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Ex-inmate sues SCI-Dallas, D.A.

Claims guards at facility subjected him to “cruel and unusual punishment.”

WILKES-BARRE – A former inmate at the State Correctional Institution at Dallas filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Luzerne County Court, alleging that several corrections officers mistreated him and that the county district attorney failed to act on complaints about the guards.

The lawsuit, filed by Carrington Alan Keys, 29, who filed the complaint without the assistance of an attorney, states his constitutional rights were violated and he was the subject of “cruel and unusual punishment” at the hands of guards at SCI-Dallas.

Keys, who is currently at SCI-Frackville, lists District Attorney Jackie Musto Carroll as a defendant along with state Secretary of Corrections Jeffrey Beard, Regional Deputy Secretary Michael Kloptoski, and SCI-Dallas employees Superintendent Jerome Walsh, Deputy Superintendent Vincent Mooney, Maj. Joseph Zakkarauskas, mailroom supervisor Nancy Fedor and several corrections officers.

Keys is jailed on a robbery charge out of Allegheny County for which he was sentenced to five to 20 years in state prison.

In the lawsuit, Keys says he filed two criminal complaints with the DA’s office on June 28 and July 13, 2009, against Beard, Kloptoski and several corrections officers.

The June complaint was sent back to the state Department of Corrections, Keys alleges, and Beard and Kloptoski were directed to investigate themselves “denying (Keys) due process rights to an outside investigation,” the suit says.

The July complaint was never investigated, Keys alleges.

The lawsuit alleges that in retaliation for the complaints, on Aug. 27 several officers called Keys racial slurs and took him to a strip cage, where he was subjected to verbal harassment, slammed against the cage and punched in the face and body.

Keys’ suit says he then filed a complaint with the Human Rights Coalition about the abuse by guards, conditions of confinement and officers “assisting Matthew Bullock with committing suicide by providing him with the means to commit suicide.”

Bullock, who was convicted of a January 2003 murder, committed suicide on Aug. 24, 2009. Several prisoners filed complaints about officers at the facility, alleging the officers had been kicking on Bullock’s cell door and said, “Kill yourself, you little p****," according to one prisoner report.

Keys alleges Musto Carroll refused to take action on the complaints he made, “subjecting” him to abuse and assault while she “turned a blind eye.”

Keys asks that a judge issue a preliminary and permanent injunction to “rectify the acts” of the named defendants as well as direct monetary awards for punitive damages, attorney fees and compensatory damages.

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