Davis v. RI Department of Corrections - A court case that The ACLU of Rhode Island is currently involved in.


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Davis v. RI Department of Corrections (2019)

Category: Criminal Justice    Fair Administration of Justice    

About this Case:
This is a class-action lawsuit against the RI Department of Corrections (DOC) claiming that the facility failed to provide adequate heat to at least two cell blocks for more than a month and a half.  The lawsuit argues that the facility’s failure to provide heat during the coldest months of the year has made cells “dangerously cold,” placing prisoners’ health and safety at risk, and constitutes cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Current Status:
March 2019: Lawsuit voluntarily dismissed by the ACLU following the DOC taking action to restore adequate heat.

Cooperating Attorneys:
Sonja Deyoe, Lynette Labinger

Related Documents
Related News Releases
  • Mar 15, 2019 - ACLU Dismisses Lawsuit After Adequate Heat Restored at ACI Facility
  • Jan 25, 2019 - ACLU Sues State for Failing to Provide Adequate Heat at ACI Facility for More than a Month