The explosion in the use of incarceration has resulted in a level of overcrowding in prisons and jails throughout the region that is inherently dangerous. Prison systems and county jails across the Deep South are nearly all either at or over capacity, resulting in people being forced to sleep on the floor or in the dayroom, often with little opportunity to go outdoors for exercise or fresh air.
SCHR has represented hundreds of men and women in class action lawsuits challenging the consequences of severe overcrowding: violence, excessive use of force by corrections officers unable to keep order in the chaos created by overcrowding, poor medical care, and intolerable living conditions.
Click here to read the Laube v. Alabama Order by Federal District Court Judge Myron Thompson regarding prison violence.
Click here to read the Order by Federal District Court Judge U.W. Clemon in Maynor v. Morgan County, Alabama, regarding intolerable living conditions caused by overcrowding.
Click here to read the Complaint filed on behalf of a class of prisoners at Phillips State Prison in Georgia regarding guard brutality in the prison's mental health dorm.
Click here to read the Complaint filed on behalf of an individual prisoner incarcerated at Phillips State Prison.