ACLU Legal Director Amy Miller says while Franklin was awaiting sentencing in Sarpy County for forgery and writing bad checks he was assaulted by another inmate who is a member of a white supremacist group. Miller says Franklin filed multiple complaints to inform prison officials of the danger he faced and requested to be housed in a different location from the attacker. She says not only did they place Franklin in the same facility but in the same housing unit.
Miller says in that time frame Franklin was attacked multiple times. These assaults led three hospitalizations. Miller says injuries include an orbital fracture, a detached retina, a head injury, memory loss and vision problems.
Miller says Franklin was sentenced to prison for non-violent crimes that included forgery and writing bad checks. She says one of his attackers was a member of a white supremacist gang. Franklin is biracial.
In addition to this case the ACLU of Nebraska is investigating additional individual complaints about constitutional violations in Nebraska prisons and exploring systemic litigation strategies.