Rights of the Incarcerated

The United States imprisons more people than any country on earth, including Russia and China. American jails and prisons are tedious, isolating and sometimes dangerous.  Prisons and jails make too frequent use of solitary confinement.  They provide virtually nothing in the way of rehabilitation and do much to harm the psyches of the incarcerated.  Abuse is rampant.  Assault is frequent.

We fight to keep the courthouse door open to prisoners and to hold prison officials accountable for their misdeeds.

Latest Developments

September 5, 2018

Lawsuit filed against the Virginia Department of Corrections on behalf of Mr. Nicolas Reyes who has been in solitary confinement for over 12 years. He remains in solitary solely because he cannot complete the mandatory English-only Step-Down Program, requiring reflective journaling and other lessons before entering general population.

July 18, 2018

Due to abuse and harassment by Illinois Department of Corrections officials, Ms. Strawberry Hampton filed an amended complaint that includes more recent abuse, harassment and neglect that has occurred and continues to occur while detained at Dixon Correctional Center. Hampton v. Illinois Department of Corrections

July 11, 2018

Seventh Circuit agrees that prolonged solitary confinement is dangerous for prisoners suffering from mental illness.

July 17, 2018

For the third time, Ms. Hampton files for emergency relief from the courts. In each instance, IDOC agreed to transfer her and the emergency motions were withdrawn by her counsel. After each transfer, Ms. Hampton’s circumstances improved for a few days or weeks, but then deteriorated in violation of her constitutional rights.

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