The Littlefield City Atorney has confirmed that Littlefield Mayor Eric Turpen and the City of Littlefield are being sued. He went on to say that they were recently served with a lawsuit filed in Federal Court in Lubbock by Gerard Matzen. The lawsuit files suit against a number of people and entities with complaints ranging from lack of access to on line legal research and having to share living quarters to a lack of night time activities and the temperature of food served at the facility.
The press release issued by the City Attorney said the city was not involved in the prosecution of Mr. Matzen that resulted in felony convictions.
Littlefield owns the detention center, however, they do not operate the center. It is currently leased and operated by Correct Care LLC which is operating the center under a contract with the State of Texas. The lawsuit is seeking $500,000 in compensatory damages from Mayor Turpen for causing “unlawful confinement of the Plaintiff in the detention center by conspiring with Correct Care Recovery Solutions to unlawfully confine and restrict the Plaintiff. Matzen is seeking an additional $500,000 from the Director of the Texas Civil Committment Office for failing or refusing to provide plaintiff constitutionally adequate outpatient sex offender treatment as required by due process. He is also seeking an additional $500,000 against the Texas Civil Committment director for unlawful confinement.
The Littlefield City Attorney said that the City of Littlefield considers the lawsuit to be frivolous.