Inmate alleges padlocks used as weapons in prison lawsuit

Posted Jan. 18, 2012, at 9:53 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 18, 2012, at 11:09 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Maine State Prison inmate has filed a lawsuit demanding that the prison stop giving inmates padlocks for their lockers.

In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Bangor, Gerard Landry says he suffered head and facial injuries last September after being assaulted by another prisoner who used a padlock as a weapon. The padlocks are issued to prisoners to secure their personal belongings in lockers.

Maine Public Broadcasting Network said Landry is the third inmate to file a federal lawsuit over the prison’s use of padlocks.

Judy Plummer of the Maine Department of Corrections says the prison plans keep its padlock policy in place so inmates can safeguard their property.