medication which she did not have with her at the time of her arrest. The matrons at the Public Safety Building told her to have her family bring it to her. Renee H. testified that the matron did not know if she could administer the medication, and was forced to call the paramedics.
Carol Kowall, a staff attorney for Neighborhood Legal Services, testified that she went to the Public Safety Building lock-up in September, 1984. Tr. at . Ms. Kowall described attempting to find a client among the women prisoners, and observed a naked woman in one cell, "ranting and raving," and trying to sweep water off the floor of her cell with a piece of cardboard. She testified that she found her client alone in a cell, sitting on a metal bed with no mattress. Id. at . Ms. Kowall testified that her client, a "city" prisoner at the time, was incoherent and stripped to the waist. Her client had ripped the waistband from her skirt and had tied it under her breasts. She was in the process of ripping her blouse apart and tying it into strips. Ms. Kowall testified that she reported the situation to the sergeant on duty who stated that there was nothing he could do.
Two other female inmates, Renee D. and Sherlina W., also testified for the Plaintiffs. Renee D. testified that she had been arraigned six hours after being brought to the Public Safety Building, and remained there for seven days. Tr. at . Renee D. testified as to the noise and overcrowding; in addition, she testified that one female inmate who was in the lock-up at the same time, had syphilis. Renee D. testified that no screening of incoming inmates is performed, and that "crazy people" coexist with the other female inmates. Id. at . Renee D. further testified that one inmate had taken her own excrement and was wiping it on the toilet. Id. at . She also testified that the opportunities for exercise were extremely limited and that air circulation was very poor.
Sherlina W., another former inmate at the PSB lock-up, testified that, after her arrest, she was brought to the Public Safety Building. She stayed for 4-5 hours in a cell on the "city side." After her arraignment, she testified that she was brought back to the Public Safety Building where she was placed on the "county side." Sherlina W. testified that she was in the PSB from May 13 - May 18, 1985. She described the first cell she was placed in as filthy, with food and garbage in the cell. She testified that the bathing area, with one tub and one shower, was not cleaned. No screening was performed on incoming prisoners, and no doctor was present. Id. at . Sherlina W. stated that she is a drug addict, and was suffering withdrawal symptoms, that she washed out her own laundry and wore the same clothes the entire time she was in the Public Safety Building. She testified that a warm meal was served at lunch, and that inmates also ordered out for pizza, sandwiches, potato chips, and cupcakes, which were delivered from the snack bar.
Plaintiffs introduced three exhibits. Exhibit 1, consisting of 152 pages, consists of daily records listing the female prisoners housed in the Public Safety Building from October 22, 1984 to January 30, 1985, February 8 and 11, 1985, February 18-22, 1985 and April 2 - May 1, 1985. The exhibit also includes similar records for the #7 Police Station lock-up from January 31 - February 5, 1985; February 7-15, 1985, and from February 25 - April 1, 1985. Plaintiffs' exhibits 2 and 3 consist of Plaintiffs' summary of female inmates detained for more than three days in the Public Safety Building, and a "Statistical Summary of Females in Police Lock-Ups" from October 20, 1984 - May 6, 1985. The accuracy of these "summaries" was disputed by Defendants.
In examining Exhibit 1, the records of the Pittsburgh Police Department, we arrived at the following figures: for female inmates at both the #7 lock-up and the Public Safety Building lock-up:
Number of Days
in Lock-Up Number of Inmates
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