Active Cases in Prisoners' Rights Law Reform

Violence and Personal Safety

  • Class action challenging sexual abuse of women prisoners
    Amador v. Andrews, 03 Civ. 0650 (KTD) (S.D.N.Y.)

  • Class actions challenging physical abuse of City jail prisoners
    Ingles v. Toro, 01 Civ. 8279 (DC) (S.D.N.Y.)

  • Suit on behalf of prisoner who sustained a broken eardrum and herniated disk in jail beating
    Perez v. City of New York, 06 CV 6467 (LBS) (S.D.N.Y.)

  • Suit on behalf of prisoner who sustained facial fractures in jail beating
    Osorio v. City of New York, 06 Civ. 3862 (RWS) (S.D.N.Y.)

  • Suit on behalf of prisoner who sustained facial fractures in jail beating
    Scott v. City of New York, 07 Civ. 3691 (S.D.N.Y.)

  • Suit on behalf of prisoner who sustained jaw and facial fractures in jail beating
    Williams v. City of New York, 07 Civ. 11055 (S.D.N.Y.)

  • Suit on behalf of estate of prisoner who died after jail beating
    Miller v. City of New York, 08 Civ. 4577 (PAC) (S.D.N.Y.)

  • Suit on behalf of estate of prisoner who died in jail of untreated alcohol withdrawal
    Livermore v. City of New York, 08 Civ. 04442 (NRB) (S.D.N.Y.)

  • Suit on behalf of prisoner who sustained facial fracture in jail beating
    Lugo v. City of New York, 08 Civ. 02931 (JGK) (S.D.N.Y.)

  • Suit on behalf of two prisoner who sustained, respectively, facial lacerations and concussion, and heat trauma requiring several days’ hospitalization, in jail beating
    Diaz & Lewis v. City of New York, 08 Civ. 04391 (DC) (S.D.N.Y.)

  • Suit on behalf of prisoner who sustained traumatic brain injury resulting in seizure disorder in jail beating
    Mull v. City of New York, 08 Civ. 8854 (LP) (S.D.N.Y.)

  • Suit on behalf of prisoner who sustained facial fractures in a jail assault by other prisoners in which staff failed to intervene, and additional facial fractures in a later beating by an officer
    Shuford v. City of New York, 09 Civ. 0945 (PKC) (S.D.N.Y.)

  • Suit on behalf of prisoner who sustained multiple head trauma including nasal fractures requiring surgery in jail beating
    Youngblood v. City of New York, 08 Civ. 05982 (NRB) (S.D.N.Y.)

  • Suits on behalf of four prisoners who sustained broken eardrums in jail beatings
    Trail v. City of New York, 09 Civ 1574 (LTS) (S.D.N.Y.)
    Pauling v. City of New York, 09 Civ 2617 (S.D.N.Y.)
    Crown v. City of New York, 09 Civ 2614 (S.D.N.Y.)
    Tabb v. City of New York, 09 Civ 2616 (S.D.N.Y.)

  • Pro Bono referrals of City jail use of force casesPro Bono referrals of City jail use of force cases

  • Class action challenging excessive levels of staff-prisoner and prisoner-prisoner violence in a City jail
    Fisher v. Koehler, 83 Civ. 2128 (MEL) (S.D.N.Y.)

Mental Health

  • Statewide challenge to inadequate mental health care in state prison system
    Disability Advocates, Inc. v. Office of Mental Health, 02 CV 4002 (S.D.N.Y.)

  • Challenges to inadequate mental health care in prison “special housing” (segregation) units
    Anderson v. Goord, 87 CV 141 (N.D.N.Y.)
    Eng v. Goord, 80 CV 385S (W.D.N.Y.)

  • Class action challenge to inadequate mental health care, excessive physical restraint, and other conditions and practices in City jail hospital wards
    Reynolds v. Abate, 81 Civ. 107 (MEL) (S.D.N.Y.)

Education

  • Class action on behalf of young prisoners denied general and special education in City jails
    Handberry v. Thompson, 96 Civ 6161 (CBM) (S.D.N.Y)

Disability Rights

  • Class action on behalf of prisoners in Regional Medical Unit denied all access to educational and rehabilitative programs
    Rosario v. Department of Correctional Services, 03 Civ. 0859 (S.D.N.Y.)

  • Class action on behalf of deaf and hearing-impaired prisoners throughout state prison system
    Clarkson v. Coughlin, 91 Civ. 1972 (RWS) (S.D.N.Y.)

City Jail Living Conditions

  • Class action challenge to physical conditions of City jails
    Benjamin v. Horn, 75 Civ. 3073 (HB) (S.D.N.Y)

  • Challenge to 23-hour cell confinement of prisoners in “close custody” in City jails contrary to standards of City Board of Correction
    Jackson v. Horn, 09-401-028 (Sup.Ct. New York County)

Medical Care

  • Statewide class action challenge to inadequate medical care of prisoners with HIV in state prison system
    Inmates with HIV v. Goord, 90 CV 252 (N.D.N.Y.)

  • Class action challenge to adequacy of medical care at a maximum security state prison
    Milburn v. Goord, 79 Civ. 5077 (S.D.N.Y.)

Pro Bono Assistance