Conditions of Confinement
The Supreme Court has said that the Eighth Amendment (and the Fourteenth Amendment) requires prison officials to provide humane conditions of confinement. That obligation includes a responsibility to provide adequate food, clothing, shelter, sanitation, medical care, and more in the prison or jail setting.
Far too often, prison officials fall short of that responsibility and force prisoners to live in squalid, horrific conditions. At Loevy & Loevy, we are committed to ensuring that prison officials take seriously their constitutional obligation to provide adequate conditions of confinement. We have represented both individuals and classes of prisoners challenging their squalid conditions of confinement. Conditions of confinement cases, like all prisoners’ rights cases, tend to be difficult to win, but we work hard to obtain justice for our clients and vindicate their constitutional rights.
In one such case, Dunn v. City of Chicago, we obtained a class action settlement of up to $16.5 million in compensation for victims held by the CPD, in part to compensate victims who were denied adequate sleeping accommodations.
Loevy & Loevy has extensive experience representing men and women in custody in jail or prison. We have filed over 100 cases concerning prisoners’ rights. We have taken on individual clients and represented classes of prisoners numbering in the thousands. We have obtained highly favorable verdicts and settlements for prisoners and/or their loved ones. For more information on our successes, visit our Big Wins page.
Loevy & Loevy has offices in Chicago and Denver, but we take cases across the country and have represented prisoners or their loved ones in states all over the country, including Louisiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Alabama, Arkansas, Wisconsin, and more.
When we take a case, it’s because we believe that a serious constitutional violation has occurred and we are committed to trying to achieve justice for our client. Even though many cases eventually reach settlement, we approach each case with an eye toward getting it into a courtroom. Loevy & Loevy is known for its willingness to take hard cases to trial (and win them), and has a nationally recognized reputation for success in the courtroom.
We always work on a contingency basis in prisoners’ rights cases, so you will not be on the hook for any attorney fees unless we win.
Many prisoners’ rights cases require medical or correctional experts to give opinions about the standard of care in the correctional setting. These experts and other costs associated with civil litigation can cost thousands or tens of thousands of dollars. Loevy & Loevy agrees to front the costs for our clients so that they can vindicate their constitutional rights even if they cannot afford to pay.
If you or your loved one is being denied adequate conditions of confinement while in jail or prison, contact us today for a free consultation. You can call us at (312) 243-5900, toll-free (888) 644-6459, or contact us online.
You can also write us at:
Loevy & Loevy
Attn: Prisoners’ Rights
311 North Aberdeen St., 3rd Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60607
If you are currently incarcerated, please remember to write “Legal Mail” or “Attorney Mail” on the envelope.
Please keep in mind that all legal claims have deadlines—called statutes of limitations—that require you to file a lawsuit within a certain period of time in order to preserve your legal rights. These deadlines can be quite short (sometimes within six months to a year) and do not stop running even while you are looking for legal representation.
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