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Wednesday January 25, 2012

Too Big For Clothes at the Big House: Former Inmate Sues for $1 Mil, Claiming Clothing Didn’t Fit

Too Big For Clothes at the Big House: Former Inmate Sues for $1 Mil, Claiming Clothing Didn’t Fit

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A oversized former prisoner is suing the Correction Department of New York for failing to provide him with suitable clothing while he was incarcerated.

In May 2011, Elias Diaz was arrested after police found he was illegally carrying two firearms.

The 5’11, 400-lb mechanic says he was then humiliated when he was forced to wear clothes that were too small, because administrators at the Vernon C. Bain Center did not see fit to stock prisoner clothing above the size 6X.

At a 7X, Diaz claims he will now need extensive and costly therapy because of the distress the ill-fitting garb caused him.

While incarcerated, Diaz said he had just one green jumpsuit to wear, and it quickly became worn out and smelly, as he had wash it everyday, but could only do so in the shower.

Diaz said his friends tried to send him additional clothing, but he never received it because the packages were rejected.

He claims that as a result of never feeling clean while in detention, he now never feels clean in the outside world, something he says will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars of therapy to fix.

In total, Diaz is seeking $1 million, $500,00 of which he says he’ll use for therapy.