Jail phones

Inmates go about their daily routine at the Canyon County Detention Center, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018.

On March 25, Seth Freeman and several other Canyon County jail inmates lined up around 7:15 p.m. to receive razors to shave, writes Idaho Press reporter Rachel Spacek. As he was shaving, Freeman said he noticed his razor was dull and he had cut himself a few times. He heard yelling from the rest of the inmates, who said they had taken the razor covers off and found skin and hair on them.

That’s according to seven tort claims filed against the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office on behalf of the inmates. The seven inmates, including Freeman, involved tested positive for hepatitis C following the razor incident, according to the tort claims.

Freeman, who is currently on probation, said he had been tested for hepatitis C around September, shortly before going to jail in December; that test had been negative.

The tort claims say Deputy Trayton Meyers provided inmates with used razors after grabbing them from the biohazard box.

You can read Spacek's full story here at idahopress.com (subscription required), or pick up today's edition of the Idaho Press; it's on the front page.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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