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Date: 04-14-2023

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Marissa Reams v. Texas County, Missouri, et al.

Case Number: 6:22-CV-3282

Judge: Beth Phillips

Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri (Greene County)

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Defendant's Attorney: Damon S. Phillips

Description: Springfield, Missouri civil rights lawyer represented Plaintiff who sued Defendants on prisoner civil rights theories.

"Prisoner civil rights law is a body of law that protects the rights of people who are incarcerated. This law is based on the U.S. Constitution and federal and state laws.

The Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits cruel and unusual punishment. This means that prisoners cannot be subjected to physical or mental pain or suffering. The Supreme Court has interpreted this amendment to mean that prisons must provide prisoners with a minimum standard of living, including food, clothing, shelter, medical care, and access to education and recreation.

The Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees equal protection under the law. This means that prisoners cannot be discriminated against on the basis of race, religion, sex, or national origin.

In addition to the Constitution, there are a number of federal and state laws that protect the rights of prisoners. These laws include the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

CRIPA gives the U.S. Department of Justice the authority to investigate and prosecute civil rights violations in prisons and jails. RFRA prohibits the government from substantially burdening a person's exercise of religion unless the government can show that it has a compelling interest and that the law is the least restrictive way to achieve that interest. The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in a variety of settings, including prisons and jails.

Prisoners who believe that their rights have been violated can file a lawsuit in federal or state court. The lawsuit must be filed within a certain amount of time after the violation occurred. If the prisoner wins the lawsuit, they may be awarded money damages, an injunction to stop the violation from happening again, or both.

Prisoner civil rights law is a complex and evolving area of law. If you believe that your rights have been violated while you are in prison, you should speak to an attorney who specializes in this area of law.
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Outcome: 04/14/2023 24 MOTION to dismiss case WITH prejudice as to all Defendants filed by Daniel L. Allen on behalf of Marissa Reams. Suggestions in opposition/response due by 4/28/2023 unless otherwise directed by the court. (Allen, Daniel) (Entered: 04/14/2023)
04/14/2023 25 ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFF'S 24 MOTION TO DISMISS CASE WITH PREJUDICE AS TO ALL DEFENDANTS. Signed on 4/14/2023 by Chief District Judge Beth Phillips. (Murphy-Carr, Shauna) (Entered: 04/14/2023)
04/14/2023 26 Clerk's ORDER OF DISMISSAL. (Murphy-Carr, Shauna) (Entered: 04/14/2023)

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