ACLU joins inmate in suit alleging abuse

MILTON, Fla. (AP) -- The American Civil Liberties Union and the Florida Justice Institute are helping a partially paralyzed man pursue legal action against the Santa Rosa Correctional Institution in Milton.

The groups announced Tuesday that they were supporting a lawsuit inmate Richard Allen Jackson filed in April 2013.

The ACLU said in press release that 56-year-old Jackson is partially paralyzed in his lower limbs. They say prison officials refused to let Jackson use a wheelchair, which required him to drag himself with his arms and hands.

Warden Richard Comerford declined comment because the case is pending.

Jackson has been incarcerated since 1993. He's serving a 25-year sentence for an indecent assault on a child under 16.

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