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Case Name Coleman v. Taylor PC-IL-0034
Docket / Court 1:15-cv-05596 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Special Collection Solitary confinement
Attorney Organization Uptown People's Law Center
Case Summary
This case, filed June 24, 2015, challenges the policies and practices of the Illinois Department of Corrections relating to solitary confinement. It alleges that Illinois uses extreme isolation for even the most minor offenses, in violation of the Eighth Amendment's Cruel and Unusual Punishments ... read more >
This case, filed June 24, 2015, challenges the policies and practices of the Illinois Department of Corrections relating to solitary confinement. It alleges that Illinois uses extreme isolation for even the most minor offenses, in violation of the Eighth Amendment's Cruel and Unusual Punishments Clause. Plaintiffs seek certification of a class and systemic injunctive relief.

The case was filed under 42 U.S.C. 1983, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. It has been assigned to Judge James Zagel.

- 06/26/2015


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Defendant-type
Corrections
Jurisdiction-wide
General
Classification / placement
Conditions of confinement
Solitary confinement/Supermax (conditions or process)
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Illinois Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description Individual plaintiffs: individuals incarcerated in Illinois who have been or are currently transferred from general prison population into segregation. Plaintiffs seek to represent a class consisting of all prisoners who are subjected to harmful punitive isolation sentences and who are or who will be confined in Illinois’ prisons.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Uptown People's Law Center
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Pending
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Judicial Policy Making and the Modern State: How the Courts Reformed America's Prisons
By: Malcolm M. Feeley & Edward Rubin (UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law & Vanderbilt School of Law Faculty)
Citation: (1998)
[ Detail ]

  Civil Rights Injunctions Over Time: A Case Study of Jail and Prison Court Orders
N.Y.U. Law Review
By: Margo Schlanger (Washington University)
Citation: 81 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 550 (2006)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

Links Cruel Confinement: Abuse, Discrimination and Death Within Alabama's Prisons
Written: Jun. 04, 2014
(Southern Poverty Law Center )
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
1:15-cv-5596 (N.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0034-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/24/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief [ECF# 1]
PC-IL-0034-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/24/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Complaint Exhibits [ECF# 1-1]
PC-IL-0034-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/24/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Zagel, James Block (FISC)
PC-IL-0034-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Anderson, Kimball Richard (Illinois)
PC-IL-0034-0001 | PC-IL-0034-0002 | PC-IL-0034-9000
Cornwell, Joanna Frances (Illinois)
PC-IL-0034-0001 | PC-IL-0034-0002 | PC-IL-0034-9000
Mills, Alan S. (Illinois)
PC-IL-0034-0001 | PC-IL-0034-0002 | PC-IL-0034-9000
Ramirez, Alyssa Elena (Illinois)
PC-IL-0034-0001 | PC-IL-0034-0002 | PC-IL-0034-9000

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