Several inmates have decided that they should not hold all the blame for the crimes they committed. The inmates feel they were not sufficiently warned about the addictive qualities in alcoholic beverages by beer and wine companies; therefore, the companies hold some responsibility for their crimes. ABC 13 reported on Thursday, Jan. 3 that five inmates located at the Idaho State Correctional Institution have filed a lawsuit against several beer and wine companies because of their lack of precautionary labels on alcoholic beverages.
The inmates are claiming that the reason they committed crimes was due to being under the influence of alcohol. According to further claims by the inmates, alcohol is considered habit forming and addictive; therefore, companies should be required to have precautionary labels on their bottles similar to cigarettes.
Due to the omission of any precautionary labels the five inmates have taken it upon themselves to sue alcoholic beverage companies Anheuser-Busch, Miller Brewing Company and others.
The inmates are suing for $1 billion in damages. Currently they are pursuing the case without the assistance of an attorney.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics alcohol related crimes factored between 19% and 37% of violent crimes from 1997 to 2008.
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