Nick Bollea: Get Me Out of Solitary Confinement
06/02/2008 AT 02:25 PM EDT
Bollea, 17, spends 16 to 17 hours a day in a maximum security cell in a Florida jail where his food is delivered through a slot in the door, his attorneys said in a court filing seeking a transfer to monitored home confinement or the minimum-security area.
"Understandably, this situation creates an unbearable anxiety for a minor in solitary confinement," the papers say.
The confinement at Pinellas County Jail, according to his lawyers, "substantially amounts to cruel and unusual punishment for a juvenile and is not warranted for a non-violent first offender serving a probation sentence."
Bollea was sentenced last month to eight months in a Florida county jail after pleading no contest to charges stemming from the Aug. 26, 2007, car crash that left his best friend, John Graziano, in critical condition.
He was placed in solitary because the jail was not equipped to house a minor in the minimum-security area, which only holds adults, the court papers say.
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