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Updated - August 21, 2020

Postawko v. Missouri Department of Corrections

Health and Safety
The MacArthur Justice Center and the ACLU of Missouri jointly a federal class action lawsuit challenging the Missouri Department of Corrections' (MDOC) systematic denial of potential life-saving medication to inmates with chronic Hepatitis C (HCV).

Filed - December 15, 2016

Updated - August 14, 2020

Crowson v. Washington County, Utah, et al

Health and Safety
Martin Crowson suffered from metabolic encephalopathy while in Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility on an alleged parole violation. Instead of conducting diagnostic tests and treating him appropriately, the jail’s medical personnel simply assumed he was detoxing and treated him for substance withdrawal. This worsened his condition and delayed access to the care he actually required....

Filed - December 10, 2019

Updated - August 12, 2020

Lance v. Board of County Commissioners, et al

Health and Safety
Dustin Lance developed a painful and dangerous medical condition while in pretrial detention at the Pittsburg County Jail. He was in severe pain and pleaded with corrections officers for three days to help him. But they did not take him to the nurse or take any steps to provide the emergency medical care that he needed....

Filed - January 21, 2020

Updated - July 21, 2020

Edwards v. Vannoy

Access to Courts
In Ramos v. Louisiana, the Supreme Court ruled that non-unanimous convictions for serious offenses violated the Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial. Edwards v. Vannoy presents the question whether that holding applies retroactively to cases on federal habeas review. We filed an amici brief on behalf of the MacArthur Justice Center and Phillips Black, Inc. to...

Filed - July 21, 2020

Updated - June 26, 2020

Balsewicz v. Pawlyk

Health and Safety
Proceeding without counsel, Ms. Balsewicz filed an action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, alleging that the sergeant violated her Eighth Amendment right to freedom from cruel and unusual punishment by failing to protect her from a substantial risk of serious harm. The district...

Filed - June 26, 2020

Updated - May 1, 2020

Tay Tay v. Illinois Department of Corrections

Health and Safety
A transgender woman currently housed at Danville Correctional Facility, a medium security men’s prison, has filed a federal lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) after being repeatedly subjected to sexual harassment and assault by both prisoners and IDOC staff. The complaint has been filed anonymously under the name “Tay Tay,” at the request...

Filed - May 14, 2019

Updated - April 6, 2020

Mays v. Dart

Health and Safety
An emergency class action lawsuit has been against Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart, asking for the immediate release of medically vulnerable people in the Cook County Jail in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.

Filed - April 3, 2020

Updated - March 26, 2020

Gasca v. Precythe

Parole
In Missouri, the Parole Board is running an assembly-line parole process that pushes people back into our prisons without any real legal protections. In many instances, alleged parole violators are tricked or pressured into waiving their right to a hearing and being returned to prison without any process at all.

Filed - October 12, 2017

Updated - February 3, 2020

Henry v. Hulett

Health and Safety
This feels too similar to eras and armed conflict that belong in the dustbin of history. We, the ACLU, and amici argue that the en banc Seventh Circuit should reverse and hold this reprehensible conduct bounded by the Fourth Amendment.
Updated - January 7, 2020

Complaint to DOJ Following Deaths in MDOC

Health and Safety
As indicated by its track record over the last several years and substantiated by the events of the last ten days, Mississippi is deliberately and systematically subjecting people in its care to a substantial risk of serious harm due to understaffing, in violation of the rights secured and protected by the Eighth Amendment to the...