“The Southern Poverty Law Center” has filed a class action lawsuit against the FDOC. The suit alleges the State of Florida’s Department of Corrections overuses solitary confinement, constituting cruel and unusual punishment.
Statistically, one out of every seven prisoners in solitary confinement nationwide are housed right here in Florida. Ten percent of Florida’s prisoners (about 10,000) are housed in solitary confinement at any given time according to “The Southern Poverty Law Center”.
The class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Florida inmates currently confined to isolation. Their goal is to end solitary confinement completely throughout the entire state.
A source at FDOC says tat they have yet to receive the suit. In a statement the FDOC said, “The Florida Department of Corrections is committed to providing for the safety and well-being of all inmates in our custody. Inmates who cause harm to those around them are placed in restrictive housing settings for the safety of other inmates and our officers.”
Similar lawsuits have been filed in Illinois and Virginia.