Access to Courts

Filed - September 27, 2017

Smith v. Sachse, et al.


The MacArthur Justice Center filed a lawsuit against various employees of the Missouri Department of Corrections after their clients were retaliated against for accessing the prison grievance process, conferring with counsel regarding conditions of their confinement, and pursuing legal action to protect their constitutional rights.

The prisons’ failure to provide inmates with confidential spaces for legal visits and telephone calls, in particular, opens inmates up to retaliation by prison staff. The suit seeks damages, as well as equitable relief.