Solitary Confinement

Filed - November 29, 2018

Johnson v. Prentice


Despite being diagnosed severally mentally ill, Michael Johnson spent 24 hours a day for nearly three years, locked in a hermetically sealed box approximately the size of a parking space.

His pleas to be transferred to a mental health unit were ignored, and mental health officials knowingly continued to sign off and renew his confinement.

And yet, a district court ruled that IDOC’s treatment of Mr. Johnson was not excessive.

His health severely deteriorated, including hallucinations and self-harm.