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Date: 09-15-2023

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John William Scharnhorst, III v. Allen et al.

Case Number: 5:22-CV-5218

Judge: Timothy L. Brooks

Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas (Washington County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: Pro Se Plaintiff

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Defendant's Attorney: JaNan Arnold Thomas

Description: Fayetteville, Arkansas pro se Plaintiff without a lawyer sued Defendants on prisoner civil rights violation theories.

Prisoner civil rights law is the body of law that protects the civil rights of people who are incarcerated. These rights are derived from the Constitution, federal statutes, and state laws.

The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution prohibits cruel and unusual punishment. This means that prisoners cannot be subjected to excessive force, inadequate medical care, or other conditions that are so harsh as to be unconstitutional.

In addition to the Eighth Amendment, the Constitution also guarantees other rights to prisoners, such as the right to due process, the right to equal protection, and the right to access the courts.

Federal statutes also protect the civil rights of prisoners. For example, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities, including prisoners. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 also prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities, and it applies to prisons that receive federal funding.

State laws also protect the civil rights of prisoners. For example, many states have laws that prohibit prison officials from using excessive force or from subjecting prisoners to other unconstitutional conditions.

Prisoners who believe that their civil rights have been violated can file lawsuits against prison officials. These lawsuits are typically filed under Section 1983 of the Civil Rights Act of 1871. Section 1983 allows people to sue state and local government officials for violating their constitutional rights.

Prisoners who file lawsuits under Section 1983 must first exhaust their administrative remedies. This means that they must go through the prison's grievance procedure before they can file a lawsuit in federal court.

If a prisoner's lawsuit is successful, the court can order the prison officials to change their policies or practices, or the court can award the prisoner damages.

Here are some examples of prisoner civil rights cases:

A prisoner sues a prison official for using excessive force against him.
A prisoner with a disability sues a prison for failing to provide him with adequate accommodations.
A prisoner sues a prison for censoring his mail.
A prisoner sues a prison for retaliating against him for speaking out about prison conditions.

Prisoner civil rights law is an important area of law because it helps to protect the rights of people who are incarcerated. These rights are essential to ensuring that prisoners are treated fairly and humanely.

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