Guards, Inmates Ally Against State in Radon-Exposure Cases

Guards and inmates at a Connecticut prison are on the same side of a legal fight against the state over radon.

A ruling by federal judge last month will allow 13 inmates to move forward with a lawsuit that alleges the state confined them in inhumane conditions because of high levels of the radioactive gas. It has been linked to lung cancer and other respiratory problems.

A group of 16 former guards and staff member sued in August, saying their health was compromised because they also were not informed of the radon problem.

The Connecticut Correction Department says the state now routinely tests for radon in the prison and recently completed the installation of a radon mitigation system there.

It says the department is reviewing a Sept. 27 judicial decision that rejected the state's attempt to have the lawsuit dismissed.

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