On April 24, 2018, Relman Colfax filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia on behalf of Edward Kovari against Prisoner Transportation Services and two of its subsidiaries (PTS). Mr. Kovari alleges that PTS subjected him to extreme and inhumane conditions of confinement over 18 days while transporting him from Winchester, Virginia to Houston, Texas, in an overcrowded prison transport van.
PTS contracts with state and local governments nationwide to transport prisoners across state lines. It is the largest private prisoner transportation company in the country, transporting over 100,000 detainees each year. According to the Complaint, other detainees have died or been seriously injured during PTS transports because of the company’s documented history of abuse and mistreatment.
Mr. Kovari brings claims for deprivation of his Constitutional rights because PTS was acting under color of state law, and for violation of state common law. On November 9, 2018, the Court denied PTS's motion to dismiss and allowed Mr. Kovari's claims to proceed.
Kovari v. Brevard Extraditions, LLC, No. 5:18-cv-00070 (W.D. Va.)
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