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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
Plaintiffs filed a complaint on June 24, 2015, challenging the policies and practices of the Illinois Department of Corrections relating to solitary confinement. It alleged that Illinois uses extreme isolation for even the most minor offenses, in violation of the Eighth Amendment's Cruel and ... read more >
Plaintiffs filed a complaint on June 24, 2015, challenging the policies and practices of the Illinois Department of Corrections relating to solitary confinement. It alleged that Illinois uses extreme isolation for even the most minor offenses, in violation of the Eighth Amendment's Cruel and Unusual Punishments Clause. Plaintiffs sought 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 was assigned to Judge James Zagel.

On August 14, 2015, the defendants moved to dismiss the complaint for failure to state a claim. This motion was granted on February 11, 2016, and the complaint was dismissed without prejudice. It is presumably closed.

- 06/26/2015
Elizabeth Heise - 10/25/2018


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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 No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Filing Year 2015
Case Closing Year 2016
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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  See this case at CourtListener.com (May provide additional documents and, for active cases, real-time alerts)
  Civil Rights Injunctions Over Time: A Case Study of Jail and Prison Court Orders
N.Y.U. Law Review
Date: May 2006
By: Margo Schlanger (Washington University Faculty)
Citation: 81 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 550 (2006)
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  Judicial Policy Making and the Modern State: How the Courts Reformed America's Prisons
Book
Date: Jan. 1, 1998
By: Malcolm M. Feeley & Edward Rubin (UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law & Vanderbilt School of Law Faculty Faculty)
Citation: (1998)
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Docket(s)
1:15-cv-5596 (N.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0034-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/13/2017
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]
Defendant's Motion to Dismiss [ECF# 14]
PC-IL-0034-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/14/2015
Source: Plaintiffs' counsel
Defendant's Motion to Dismiss Brief [ECF# 15]
PC-IL-0034-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/14/2015
Source: Plaintiffs' counsel
Order Dismissing Complaint [ECF# 29] (2016 WL 537970) (N.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0034-0005.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 02/11/2016
Source: Plaintiffs' counsel
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Judges Zagel, James Block (FISC, N.D. Ill.) show/hide docs
PC-IL-0034-0005 | PC-IL-0034-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Anderson, Kimball Richard (Illinois) show/hide docs
PC-IL-0034-0001 | PC-IL-0034-0002 | PC-IL-0034-9000
Cornwell, Joanna Frances (Illinois) show/hide docs
PC-IL-0034-0001 | PC-IL-0034-0002 | PC-IL-0034-9000
Mills, Alan S. (Illinois) show/hide docs
PC-IL-0034-0001 | PC-IL-0034-0002 | PC-IL-0034-9000
Ramirez, Alyssa Elena (Illinois) show/hide docs
PC-IL-0034-0001 | PC-IL-0034-0002 | PC-IL-0034-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Gard, Erin R. (Illinois) show/hide docs
PC-IL-0034-0003 | PC-IL-0034-0004 | PC-IL-0034-9000
Henretty, Lyle Kevin (Illinois) show/hide docs
PC-IL-0034-0003 | PC-IL-0034-0004 | PC-IL-0034-9000

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