IPRT will host a seminar on prison conditions and constitutional rights on July 21 at 5pm in the Distillery Building.
Two very exciting topics will be discussed. First, the recent case of Kinsella in which Hogan J held that the detention of a man in a padded cell for 11 days with no proper sanitary facilities breached the constitutional guarantee of protection of the person (I will write more on this shortly). Secondly, Don Specter and Sara Norman of the Prison Law Office, California, will speak by video link about the Plata decision in which the US Supreme Court upheld a ruling that overcrowding in Californian prisons breached the Eighth Amendment and warranted a ‘population reduction order’ to reduce the prison population to 137.5% of the design capacity of the system.
This promises to provide a unique opportunity to hear from practitioners themselves about their involvement in two critical developments in prison law jurisprudence.