Jackson v. Horn, 09-401028 (Supreme Court, New York County)

Nature of Claims: This Article 78 proceeding on behalf of five prisoners in “close custody” housing in the New York City jails challenges the failure of the Department of Correction to obey the Board of Correction Minimum Standards “lock-in” rule, which requires that all prisoners except those in punitive segregation or medical isolation be allowed out of their cells for up to 14 hours a day. Instead, the Department keeps them locked in their cells for up to 23 hours a day, despite a Board of Correction decision refusing to amend their standards to make the practice lawful.

Current Status: The case was filed in May 2009 and was argued in July 2009. We await a decision.

Persons Affected: Approximately 100.

Reported decisions: None yet.