FAIRFIELD — A Solano County jail inmate with a long criminal history has sued the jail and Sheriff Thomas A. Ferrara, seeking postage stamps, free phone chats with his mom and $1 million.
Joshua N. Harrell, 37, filed his federal civil rights lawsuit Monday in Sacramento, claiming his constitutional rights are being violated. Harrell, who has a history of more than 20 arrests for a variety of felonies over the years, is awaiting trial on burglary and forgery charges.
Harrell claims that his mother lives in Belize and that their lack of communication has caused them both mental anguish and emotional distress.
“I should be able to get on the phone and call whoever I want, wherever they are in the world. I should be able to put whatever postage is due for an international letter on an envelope to write family friends and loved ones,” Harrell states in his lawsuit. “I want the court to order Solano County jail officials to let me make two free phone calls to my mother every week I am in their jail.”
The jail canteen sells envelopes with postage prepaid and does not sell stamps.
Sheriff’s officials do not comment on pending litigation.
Federal Magistrate Judge Allison Claire has not set any hearing dates for Harrell’s lawsuit.
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