Court rejects inmate's toilet-paper appeal

A federal appeals court says the Faulkner County sheriff’s office did not violate the constitutional rights of an inmate by only issuing him one roll of toilet paper per week.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Monday that former Sheriff Karl Byrd and others in his office did not violate the rights of inmate James Stickley, who was held in the county jail for six months in 2010 as he awaited trial.

Stickley sued the sheriff, arguing the jail’s policy to issue one roll of toilet paper every Wednesday — and forcing an inmate to do without if he or she ran out — amounted to a violation of his constitutional rights.

The appeals court disagreed, finding that Stickley only went without toilet paper for a “limited time.”



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