Mass Incarceration

Cases

CCR has joined the Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP) , a national leader on HIV policy development, along with 21 national and state organizations, in an amicus brief on behalf of Michael Johnson...
A due process challenge to the Communications Management Units (CMUs), two highly restrictive federal prison units that segregate certain prisoners and severely limit and control their communication...
The Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”) held the petitioner, Mr. Ragbir, removable from the United States by applying a narrow evidentiary standard that the Supreme Court later rejected...
A class action lawsuit that challenged New York State’s monopoly telephone contract with MCI/Verizon that forced family members and friends of prisoners to pay exorbitant collect calling rates to...
The Jailhouse Lawyer's Handbook explains to prisoners how they can exercise their Constitutional rights to protect themselves from physical abuse, poor conditions and other mistreatment, specifically...
CCR joined as an amicus in Graham v. Florida and Sullivan v. Florida , two cases that will evaluate how the Eighth Amendment’s clause on cruel and unusual punishment applies to sentencing...
Al-Jundi v. Estate of Oswald is a $2.8 billion civil damages suit filed in 1974 by survivors of what came to be known as the Attica Uprising. They first sued various New York State officials,...
Jackson v. Allain is a class action lawsuit that challenged Mississippi electoral law on the basis of racial discrimination. In March 1984, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a federal...
Byrd v. Goord is a civil rights case that challenged the collect-call only telephone service for prison inmates operated by the New York State Department of Correctional Services (DOCS). On March 21...
Wallace v. Kern is a class action lawsuit filed by CCR and the National Lawyers Guild on behalf of seven indigent inmates awaiting trial in the Brooklyn House of Detention. These men had filed a...
State of North Carolina v. Joan Little is a 1975 case for which the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) provided assistance to the defense. Joan Little was a prisoner who killed her white jailer...

CCR works hard to empower those who have been imprisoned, supporting movements begun by prisoners and foregrounding their stories and voices in our work. With the National Lawyers Guild, we provide our Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook for, giving prisoners and their families the tools to file lawsuits and fight against mistreatment and prison conditions. Our challenges to mass incarceration have included a lawsuit arguing that long-term solitary confinement is unconstitutional; fighting onerous restrictions and secretive facilities for certain groups of prisoners; convincing the U.S. Supreme Court to require due process for transfers to Supermax facilities; a successful campaign against exorbitant prison phone call rates; and efforts to hold prison and government officials responsible for killing and wounding prisoners during the Attica rebellion. In our litigation and in our advocacy, CCR draws the connections between mass incarceration and racial injustice, discriminatory policing, economic oppression, torture, and abusive immigration practices. We seek to both challenge particular circumstances that cause suffering to and violate the rights of imprisoned individuals, as well as to help broader efforts dismantle the system of mass incarceration as a whole.

September 2015: Landmark settlement ends indeterminate long-term solitary in CA. This is the story of the prisoners who led the fight to make it happen.