News & Events

  • PLO Seeks Justice for People Subjected to Sacramento County’s Unconstitutional Use of Solitary Confinement

    February, 2019

    On February 12, 2019, attorneys for people housed in Sacramento County Jails, filed a motion to challenge the  unconstitutional use of solitary confinement for people with serious mental illness and the ongoing lack of access to mental health care.

    “This harm is too serious and too urgent to wait for the normal course of business,” said Margot Mendelson, an attorney with the Prison Law Office, in an interview with The Sacramento Bee.


  • Settlement Reached in Santa Clara County Jail Litigation

    October, 2018

    San Jose, CA — After three years of extensive negotiations, the Prison Law Office, Cooley LLP, and the County of Santa Clara, California, have reached a settlement of Chavez v. County of Santa Clara, a class action lawsuit that alleged that some conditions in the County’s jails were unconstitutional.


  • Civil Rights Groups Seek Emergency Court Intervention to Protect the Health and Safety of Immigrants Locked in Federal Prison

    September, 2018

    The Prison Law Office, ACLU, Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, and the law firm of Meyers Nave Riback Silver & Wilson, PLC filed a motion for preliminary injunction on Sept. 5, 2018, in Teneng v. Trump, a federal lawsuit challenging the conditions of confinement for immigrants detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at a federal prison in Victorville, California. The motion seeks immediate relief from the court, including an order prohibiting ICE from transferring additional immigrants to the prison.


  • PLO, ACLU & Others File Suit Demanding Trump Administration Stop Incarcerating Immigrants in Federal Prisons

    August, 2018

    ACLU-August 1, 2018

    LOS ANGELES — The American Civil Liberties Union, Prison Law Office, and Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center filed a lawsuit today against President Trump and Immigration and Customs Enforcement for violating the constitutional rights of immigrants detained at FCI Victorville, a federal prison in Victorville, California.  Full Story

  • Arizona Prison Officials Found in Contempt for Prison Health Care Failures

    June, 2018

    On June 22, 2018, the federal court in Parsons v. Ryan issued a scathing order finding Arizona prison officials in contempt of court for the Arizona Department of Correction’s ongoing failure to provide basic health care to the approximately 34,000 people in its custody.  The court also ordered the appointment of independent experts after massive failure of medical care and in the monitoring of ADC’s health care contractor.