On March 19, 2015, an Illinois prisoner filed this suit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and state law against the State of Illinois. The plaintiff, represented by Loevy & Loevy and the Uptown People's Law Center, sought injunctive ...
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On March 19, 2015, an Illinois prisoner filed this suit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and state law against the State of Illinois. The plaintiff, represented by Loevy & Loevy and the Uptown People's Law Center, sought injunctive relief, compensatory damages, and punitive damages, both for himself individually and for a class of other similarly-situated Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) inmates. Specifically, the plaintiff claimed that during an April 2014 search of cells at Illinois River Correctional Center, the members of the IDOC tactical team "Orange Crush" beat, abused, and sexually humiliated the plaintiff, destroyed his property, and otherwise inflicted punishment for the sole purpose of causing humiliation and needless pain. Plaintiff further alleged that this conduct at Illinois River was not an aberration. Rather, Orange Crush conducted similarly abusive search procedures at three other IDOC facilities. Plaintiff sought to represent a class consisting of all IDOC inmates subjected to the 2014 shakedowns, as well as all present and future inmates of these four IDOC facilities.
In his complaint, the plaintiff alleged violations of the Eighth Amendment's Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause, when state officials intentionally, wantonly, and/or maliciously inflicted unnecessary physical and emotional pain and suffering on IDOC inmates. In addition, the plaintiff argued that the defendants' strip search procedures violate several provisions of the Prison Rape Elimination Act National Standards, 28 C.F.R. § 115. Last, plaintiff claimed that the defendants acted with the intent or knowledge that there was a high probability that their conduct would inflict severe emotional distress upon the inmates.
The case was assigned to Judge Staci M. Yandle. As of May 29, 2015, it is ongoing. Robert Lake - 05/29/2015