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Prisoners Rights Union
Located in Sacramento, California, the Prisoners Rights Union was founded in 1971 by ex-convicts and activists. Its leaders have included John Irwin and Paul Comiskey. For many years it published newspapers and other resources for prisoners, including the California Prisoner, and the Outlaw; it also ran the Inside/Outside Press. In the 1990s, it litigated over a dozen cases to improve jail conditions throughout California.

Its motto was "Convicts, ex-convicts, and concerned individuals fighting to promote and uphold the rights and welfare of California prisoners" and it worked especially towards three major goals: the end of indeterminate sentencing in California; the restoration of civil rights to prisoners, including the right to organize; and the payment of fair wages for work done, safe working conditions, and compensation for work-related injuries.

A history, including background on the jail litigation highlighted in this Clearinghouse, is available here.
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 Cruz v. County of Fresno
93-CV-5070 (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 1993 - Closed
Fresno County
Fresno County Jail
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0066
Fresno County
Coding Complete
2 Torres v. County of Merced
2:93-cv-00357 (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 1993 - Closed 2000
County of Merced
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0077
Merced County
Coding Complete
3 Haller v. County of Sutter
2:93-cv-01256 (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 1993 - Closed 1994
County of Sutter
Sheriff
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0086
Sutter County
Coding Complete
4 Wyckoff v. County of Tehama
2:92-cv-01472 (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 1992 - Closed 1998
County of Tehama
Sheriff
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0087
Tehama County
Coding Complete
5 Kaiser v. County of Sacramento
2:91-cv-00300-GGH (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 1991 - Case Ongoing
County of Sacramento
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0074
Sacramento County
Coding Complete
6 York v. County of El Dorado
90-833 (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 1990 - Closed
El Dorado County
Placerville Jail
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0011
El Dorado County
Coding Complete
7 Anderson v. Kern County
1:90-cv-00205-GEB-JFM (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 1990 - Case Ongoing
County of Kern
Sheriff
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0068
Kern County
Coding Complete
8 Benson v. County of Orange
8:90-cv-01964 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 1990 - Closed
County of Orange
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0078
Orange County
Coding Complete
9 Harris v. County of Placer
2:90-cv-00394 (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 1990 - Case Ongoing
County of Placer
Sheriff
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0081
Placer County
Coding Complete
10 Rodriguez v. Stanislaus County
1:90-cv-00601 (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 1990 - Closed
County of Stanislaus
Sheriff
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0084
Stanislaus County
Coding Complete
11 Wooden v. County of Shasta
2:90-cv-01003 (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 1990 - Closed 1995
County of Shasta
Sheriff
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0098
Shasta County
Coding Complete
12 Ercoli v. County of Tuolumne
1:90-cv-00649 (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 1990 - Closed 1998
County of Tuolumne
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0102
Tuolumne County
Coding Complete
13 Roy v. County of Yolo
2:90-cv-00393 (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 1990 - Closed 1991
County of Yolo
Sheriff
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0103
Yolo County
Coding Complete
14 McGrath v. County of Nevada
2:89-cv-01658-GEB-JFM (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 1989 - Closed
County of Nevada
Nevada County Jails
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0008
Nevada County
Coding Complete
15 Pederson v. County of Plumas
2:89-cv-01659-JFM (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 1989 - Case Ongoing
County of Plumas
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0075
Plumas County
Coding Complete
16 Doty v. County of Lassen
2:89-cv-01019 (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 1989 - Closed 1994
County of Lassen
Sheriff
Jail Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JC-CA-0076
Lassen County
Coding Complete
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