Justice Souter once wrote, “The Constitution does not mandate comfortable prisons, but neither does it permit inhumane ones.” The term ‘excessive force’ is often seen in the media in the context of custodial stops. However, excessive force is used throughout the prison system once defendants are actually incarcerated. At Downstate Correctional Facility in Fishkill, New York, a 56 year-old man was beaten so badly he had to be taken to a medical facility rather than to his court appearance the day after abuse. Officers involved also took his dreadlocks as a “trophy.”
Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, was quoted as saying “Excessive use of force in prisons we believe has reached crisis proportions…” Although the most notable recent incident involving excessive force in prison was in New York, an abundance of cases with similar fact patterns exist in the 11th Circuit, in which Alabama sits. Such force is a violation of an inmate’s civil rights and may be grounds for the filing of a federal law suit.
HOW THE MAXWELL LAW FIRM CAN HELP
Excessive Force cases require significant trial experience in 1983 Federal lawsuits. We believe in our clients and we fight for justice. The Maxwell Law Firm has the seasoned staff – from our attorneys to our investigators – and financial resources to aggressively prosecute such cases.
In an excessive force case, it is especially important that a client finds an attorney they feel comfortable with, have confidence in and can fully trust. There will come a time when you must decide whether to resolve your case through settlement or take it to trial. As that point, confidence and trust in your attorney is essential. Over the years, The Maxwell Law Firm has helped numerous survivors of excessive force take back their lives and embark on the healing process that leads to recovery.
Weill, Feds: Prison Guards Beat Black Inmate, Took His Dreadlocks as a ‘Trophy, http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/09/21/feds-prison-guards-beat-black-inmate-took-his-dreadlocks-as-a-trophy.html (Sept 21, 2016)
Winerip, Five New York Prison Gaurds Charged with ’13 Beating of Inmate, https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/22/nyregion/new-york-officers-downstate-correctional-facility-inmate-beating.html?_r=1 (Sept 21, 2016)