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EDVA: Solitary confinement was cruel and unusual (access required)

The Eastern District enjoined the Department of Corrections from reverting back to solitary-confinement conditions for Virginia death-row inmates prior to 2015, as such conditions violate the Eighth Amendment. Background Plaintiffs Thomas Porter, Anthony Juniper, and Mark Lawlor have been convicted ...

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Constitutional – First Amendment – Rastafarian Services – Administrative Remedies (access required)

Wilcox v. Brown (VLW No. 017-2-210, 14 pp.) (Traxler, J.) 16-7596; Dec. 5, 2017; USDC at Asheville, N.C. (Whitney, C.J.) 4th Cir. Holding: Where the plaintiff-prisoner alleges that defendants discontinued Rastafarian services because the prison was without a chaplain, but ...

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