Prisoners' Rights

The Prisoners’ Rights Project seeks to make incarceration rare, brief, humane and resulting in a rehabilitative experience leading to successful re-entry into society.

Duvall v. Hogan

On June 28, 2016, U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander approved the settlement agreement in Duvall v. Hogan, the class-action suit on behalf of detainees in the Baltimore City Detention Center. The settlement between the state of Maryland and the Public Justice Center, the Law Offices of Elizabeth Alexander, and the American Civil Liberties Union stipulates an overhaul of the jail’s health care system and major improvements to the facilities, including accommodations for people with disabilities. To ensure compliance with the settlement, the parties agreed that the jail’s progress will be assessed by independent monitors. Learn more about the case below.

June 28, 2016
November 18, 2015

Settlement agreement in Duvall v. Hogan

July 30, 15

June 2, 2015
Press release: Detainees to Reopen Baltimore Jail Lawsuit Over Dangers to Health and Safety

Brief in support of motion to reopen the case

August 18, 2009
Press release from previous settlement agreement: Detainee Medical and Mental Health Care Will Improve As a Result of Agreement to Settle Longstanding Lawsuit