Sebastian Richardson alleges inmates at USP Lewisburg are subjected to unconstitutional and unconscionable conditions. The basis of Richardson 's complaint is discipline he says he has endured since he arrived at Lewisburg in 2010. Dave Sprout, of the Lewisburg Prison Project, said the 3rd Circuit Court is being asked to reconsider allowing the suit to move forward as a class-action proceeding because the plaintiffs are challenging the prison's alleged use of hard restraints as punishment against inmates and not simply one incident involving Richardson.
Dave Sprout, a paralegal with the Lewisburg Prison Project, a nonprofit inmate advocacy group, told The News-Item his group has sent letters to the state Department of Health and Department Of Corrections. This was done in an effort to request an independent agency to conduct an investigation into PrimeCare Medical Inc. to determine if any of the allegations leveled against it are true.
The Northumberland County Prisons' medical provider, PrimeCare Medical Inc., was allegedly dispensing the wrong or no medicine to inmates, creating a concern that the company was not providing proper health care to inmates. Dave Sprout, a paralegal with the Lewisburg Prison Project, along with other county residents, expressed the need for an outside agency to investigate the medical provider.
Eight inmates got involved in a class-action lawsuit after guards were opening legal mail and reading the documents. Dave Sprout, a paralegal with the Lewisburg Prison Project, said that if mail is marked as "legal mail," it should always be opened in front of the inmate but not read by the officials, confirming that the prisoners have a right to complain.
Dave Sprout speaks to the newspaper about the ways that the mentally ill are mistreated in prison. He specifically mentions how damaging solitary confinement can be for those with mental health problems.