Santa Clara County Sued for Unconstitutional use of Solitary Confinement

November, 2015

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The lawsuit alleges that the County is using solitary confinement to isolate hundreds of men and women in tiny, concrete jail cells as small as six by seen feet for months or years at a time.  It further alleges that the County permits people locked in these cramped cells very little human contact, sunlight, fresh air, exercise, or environmental stimulation, which violates the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  The lawsuit also alleges there is a pattern of guard brutality and inadequate health care.  The Prison Law Office along with Cooley LLP and the Law Office of Kendal Dawson are representing the plaintiffs.

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