Massachusetts inmate Edmund LaChance lost his chance to live in the regular population when he threw a cup of pudding. He was kept there indefinitely, “awaiting action status.” Ten months after being sanctioned for the original 14 days, he was released into the general population again. Don’t throw pudding? Don’t have a melt-down and threaten others when you learn of the punishment?
Prison Legal Services in Boston took the pro se case to Massachusetts’s top court–and won. Won! They determined he had a due process right to a hearing rather than a pro-forma review by officials.