Prison & Incarceration-Related Claims

Onondaga County Juvenile Solitary Confinement Class Action

Counsel from Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP joined the New York Civil Liberties Union (“NYCLU”) and Legal Services of Central New York (“LSCNY”) in representing a class of 16- and 17-year old Plaintiffs who are or will be held in solitary confinement at the Onondaga County Justice Center, a jail located in Syracuse New York.

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Maryland Unconstitutional Immigration Detention Class Action

The complaint alleges that during bond hearings before the Baltimore Immigration Court, the government violates the constitutional rights of detainees when it requires that a detainee, rather than the government, bear the burden of proving that they are not a flight risk or a danger to the community in order to be freed.

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Angola 3

In June 2013, Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP joined Squire Sanders in representing Herman Wallace, Robert King Wilkerson, and Albert Woodfox in their civil suit against the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, Louisiana. Known as the “Angola 3,” the Plaintiffs challenge the constitutionality of being held in solitary confinement for more than four decades (since 1972).

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Sonoma County Prison Litigation

Sanford Heisler Sharp represents a Sonoma County inmate who was assaulted by prison guards and subsequently denied timely and appropriate medical attention for his injuries, including a serious facial fracture. As a result, our client continues to suffer various physical and mental impairments and chronic pain.

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George v. County of Sonoma, et. al.

Sanford Heisler Sharp represents the estate and family of an African-American inmate who died in custody due to complications from sickle-cell anemia. Defendants in the case – including the County, jail personnel, and medical staff, and outside medical providers – neglected to provide proper care and treatment over the course of more than a week and allowed our client to die of severe dehydration, a well-known and preventable risk of sickle-cell disease.

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