The United States currently incarcerates over 2.3 million people in federal and state prisons and local jails across the country, meaning 1 out of every 99 American adults is currently confined to a jail or prison cell. With a prison population of 102,000 inmates and growing, Florida has the third largest prison population of any state, managing these inmates in 137 facilities across the State and spending over $2.7 billion per year to do so. These 102,000 inmates have no political voice, no say in how they are treated, and have almost no groups or organizations to advocate on their behalf. The small staff of the Florida Justice Institute accounts for many of the lawyers in Florida whose primary purpose involves advocacy for incarcerated people and their families.
We represent such persons in civil lawsuits challenging the conditions of their confinement and aiming to reform inhumane prison practices. These cases can include, among others:
- Deliberate Indifference to Serious Medical or Mental Health Needs
- Excessive Force
- Unconstitutional Conditions of Confinement
- First Amendment Cases (for example, censorship and religious freedom)
- Wrongful Death
- Medical Malpractice