Partial Victory in the Seventh Circuit Prisoners allowed to seek damages for incident two years ago
Two years ago, prison officials at Stateville, Pontiac, and Menard Correctional Centers confiscated all the prisoners' typewriters and second fans (in the middle of a heat wave that drove temps in some cells over 100°F). We sued, saying that if officials were going to take prisoners' property, they had to at least pay people the cost of the items they took.
First, the trial court threw the case out, ruling that prisoners were not entitled to any compensation at all. UPLC (with pro bono assistance from DLA Piper) appealed. Recently, the Seventh Circuit Court gave the prisoners a partial victory: it ruled that while it was too soon to ask for money in federal court, the prisoners COULD seek money in Illinois Court of Claims. UPLC is examining our options for how to assert these claims, so that these men can finally be compensated for the property taken from them.
You can read the opinion here.