Inmates have won class-action lawsuits in Arizona and California, and had settlements in Mississippi etc. Class actions are miserably expensive, and few law firms could afford to spend the time and attorneys on a dicey lawsuit. We get that.
But. Given the amount of pain and unnecessary suffering within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice system, shouldn’t the Texas ACLU step up and file on behalf of inmates who have a consistent problem (heat, for example), so that the private firms can concentrate on those cases that might produce a juicy settlement? Of course the Texas ACLU has its hands full with a myriad pile of other problems it’s attempting to help resolve. But why is prison always the last focus? I’m disappointed, and hope to learn they are, indeed, about to organize a class-action over Texas prison conditions.
Here’s a link to the latest ACLU success, in Arizona of all places!