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Prisoners' Legal Services of New York (PLSNY)
Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York is a non-profit legal services organization founded in 1976 to provide indigent incarcerated New Yorkers access to the courts. From their website: "Our mission is to provide high quality, effective legal representation and assistance to indigent prisoners, to help them to secure their civil and human rights, and to advocate for humane prisons and for a more humane criminal justice system."
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 Jones v. Wolf
1:20-cv-00361 (W.D.N.Y.)
Filed 03/25/2020 - Case Ongoing
Acting Secretary
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-NY-0077
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COVID-19 Summary: Immigration detainees held by ICE, each being over the age of 50 or having a serious underlying condition, petition the court for protection due to COVID-19. The court granted a temporary restraining order to the most vulnerable petitioners, as defined by the CDC, which grants selected petitioners protection through social ... [view]
2 Steele-Warrick v. Microgenics
1:19-cv-06558 (E.D.N.Y.)
Filed 11/20/2019 - Case Ongoing
Microgenics Corporation
Microgenics
Prison Conditions
PC-NY-0074
Fremont
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On November 19, 2019, a formerly incarcerated individual filed this putative class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. The case sought damages for alleged negligence by Microgenics Corporation and its parent company Thermo Fischer Scientific Corporation. Represented by Prisoners Legal Services and the ... [view]
3 Corris v. Koenigsmann
9:15-cv-01205-GTS-TWD (N.D.N.Y.)
Filed 2015 - Closed 2016
State of New York
New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
Prison Conditions
PC-NY-0072
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On October 7th, 2015, an inmate with Hepatitis C filed a civil rights action against the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS). The lawsuit was filed pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. The complaint asserted defendants' deliberate indifference to ... [view]
4 Cookhorne v. Fischer
2012-1791 (State Court)
Filed 2012 - Case Ongoing
New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
Prison Conditions
PC-NY-0065
Erie County
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On November 22, 2011, the New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision sentenced the plaintiff, a 17-year-old prisoner, to four years in solitary confinement following a disciplinary hearing for allegedly assaulting a correctional officer. In solitary confinement, the prisoner was allegedly deprived of phone calls, packages, ... [view]
5 Disability Advocates, Inc. [DAI] v. New York State Office of Mental Health
1:02-cv-04002-GEL (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 05/28/2002 - Closed 2007
New York State Office of Mental Health
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-NY-0048
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On May 28, 2002, Disability Advocates, Inc., along with other public interest groups, filed a civil rights lawsuit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of state prisoners with mental illness. The complaint alleged that the New York State Office of Mental Health [OMH] and the New ... [view]
6 Kosilek v. Spencer
00-12455-MLW (D. Mass.)
Filed 12/12/2000 - Closed 2015
Massachusetts Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-MA-0038
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On December 12, 2000, a transgender inmate at the Massachusetts Correction Institute in Norfolk filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Filing pro se, the plaintiff sued the Massachusetts Department of Corrections, the Correctional Medical Services, and the University of Massachusetts Medical School under 42 ... [view]
7 Hughes v. Goord
6:97-cv-06431-CJS (W.D.N.Y.)
Filed 09/29/1997 - Closed 2000
New York Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-NY-0040
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On September 29, 1997, prisoners at various facilities within the New York State Department of Corrections filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Department officials. The plaintiffs, represented by Prisoners Legal Services of New York, brought the suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, ... [view]
8 Pou v. Coughlin
1:94-cv-05831-JES (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 08/11/1994 - Closed 1997
New York Department of Correctional Services
Sing Sing Correctional Facility
Prison Conditions
PC-NY-0007
Ossining
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On August 11, 1994, inmates at the Sing Sing Correctional Facility in New York filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the New York Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The plaintiffs, represented by Prisoners' Legal Services of New York, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive ... [view]
9 John S. v. Cuomo
90-CV-294 (N.D.N.Y.)
Filed 03/14/1990 - Closed 1999
New York State Office of Mental Health ("OMH")
Intellectual Disability (Facility)
ID-NY-0002
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On March 14, 1990, attorneys for the Legal Services of Central New York filed a class action lawsuit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1983 on behalf of residents with intellectual disabilities of New York State psychiatric centers at Mohawk Valley, Hutchings and Binghamton in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. Plaintiffs ... [view]
10 Inmates of New York with HIV v. Cuomo
9:90-cv-00252 (N.D.N.Y.)
Filed 03/06/1990 - Closed 2009
New York Department of Corrections
NY DOC
Prison Conditions
PC-NY-0010
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On March 6, 1990, a class of inmates infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus ("HIV") filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 claim against the New York Department of Corrections ("DOC") in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, challenging the DOC's delivery of medical, mental health, education, and preventative ... [view]
11 Anderson v. Coughlin
87-141 (N.D.N.Y.)
Filed 12/17/1987 - Closed 2005
New York Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-NY-0038
Auburn
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On December 17, 1987, prisoners at the Green Haven and Auburn State Correctional Facilities in New York filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the New York Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. The prisoners, represented by Prisoners' Legal Services of New York and the Prisoners' ... [view]
12 Langley v. Coughlin
84 Civ. 5431 (LBS) (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 07/31/1984 - Closed
New York State Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-NY-0047
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On July 31, 1984, female inmates at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility filed a class-action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. 1983 against the New York State Department of Corrections and several individual defendants (including the Unit Chief, the Chief of Mental Hygiene, the Superintendent of BHCF, the Fire Safety Officer, and the Deputy ... [view]
13 Blissett v. Coughlin
84-1049 (W.D.N.Y.)
Filed 1984 - Closed
Attica Prison
Attica Correctional Facility
Prison Conditions
PC-NY-0019
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Donovan Blissett, a prisoner at Attica Correctional Facility in New York, filed a pro-se civil rights lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York on September 14, 1984 against Attica prison guards and officials. The original complaint was amended and narrowed during the eight years leading to trial. The only remaining ... [view]
14 Abdul Wali v. Coughlin
84-379 (N.D.N.Y.)
Filed 1984 - Closed
Attica Correctional Facility
Prison Conditions
PC-NY-0021
Attica
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Inmates of several New York correctional facilities sought a preliminary injunction to stop the commissioner and superintendent of Attica Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison in upstate New York, from prohibiting inmates from the receipt of copies of a report containing criticisms and complaints about conditions at Attica. In September ... [view]
15 Kozlowski v. Coughlin
81-5886 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 09/22/1981 - Closed
New York State Dept. of Correctional Services
Prison Conditions
PC-NY-0034
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On September 22, 1981, New York state inmates filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the New York State Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The plaintiffs, represented by Prisoners Legal Services of New York, asked the District Court for declaratory and injunctive ... [view]
16 Mathis v. Henderson
80-7779 (State Court)
Filed 07/07/1980 - Closed
New York State Department of Corrections
Auburn Correctional Facility
Prison Conditions
PC-NY-0020
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On July 7, 1980, prisoners of the state of New York filed a lawsuit under Article 78 of the New York Corrections Rules and Regulations against the New York State Department of Corrections in the New York Supreme Court. The plaintiffs, who were represented by Prisoners' Legal Services of New York, alleged that their rights had been violated by the ... [view]
17 Eng v. Smith
80-0385 (W.D.N.Y.)
Filed 05/05/1980 - Closed 2002
New York State Department of Corrections
Attica
Prison Conditions
PC-NY-0004
Wyoming County
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On May 5, 1980, inmates of the Special Housing Unit in the Attica Correctional Facility in New York filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the New York Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York. The plaintiffs, represented by the Legal Aid Society and Prisoners' Legal Services ... [view]
18 Hurley v. Coughlin
77 CIV. 3847 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 1977 - Closed
Dept. of Corr. Services
Prison Conditions
PC-NY-0032
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In 1977, Michael Hurley filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. 1983 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against the Department of Correctional Services (DOCS), seeking to enjoin state correctional officers from routinely subjecting him to a strip frisk search in the absence of probable cause to believe that he has ... [view]
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