PORTALES, N.M. (AP) - A 22-year-old man has filed a federal lawsuit against a southeastern New Mexico county after his attorney says the man was kept in county jail for 21 days without pending charges against him.
An attorney for Francisco Franco filed the lawsuit last week in U.S. District Court against Roosevelt County and various county officials.
According to court documents, Franco was arrested in July for a probation violation although authorities later discovered that he had been released from probation in April. After 21 days in the Roosevelt County Detention Center, the lawsuit says he was released when the mistake was uncovered but he had lost his job.
The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount for damages.
Roosevelt County manager Charlene Webb did not immediately response to an email from The Associated Press.
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