ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A federal lawsuit says solitary confinement conditions in one New Mexico county were so inhumane that they drove a woman arrested and charged with domestic battery to commit suicide.
According to the lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque, Sandoval County authorities kept Raynbow Gignilliat, 39, of Atlanta, in solitary confinement for weeks without proper treatment for her bipolar disorder following her October 2013 arrest.
Gignilliat, who had moved in with her mother in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, was charged with domestic battery and criminal damage to property following a dispute at the home. Gignilliat’s mother wanted her taken to a mental hospital, but Sandoval County authorities booked her into jail and placed her in solitary confinement after concluding she was suffering from mental illness, the lawsuit said.
Authorities kept her isolated even after witnessing signs that she needed treatment, including “stripping naked, smearing feces and urine on herself and her solitary cell, hallucinating and screaming for hours during the day and night,” court documents said.