Judge dismisses lawsuit over long solitary confinement

LINCOLN, NE (AP) – A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against Nebraska prison officials by an inmate who’d been held in solitary confinement for more than two years.

Dylan Landers said in his October 2017 lawsuit that the segregation amounted to cruel and unusual punishment.

US District Judge Richard Kopf disagreed in a ruling issued Monday.

Kopf says Landers didn’t provide evidence that he was denied quote “the minimal civilized measure of life’s necessities.”

Landers has been serving time for theft, burglary and other crimes. He was placed in solitary at the Tecumseh prison in 2015 while being investigated for involvement in that year’s Mother’s Day riot.

He remained in solitary until February 2017. A month later he was again put in solitary pending a separate investigation.