June 22, 2005
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05, we filed suit challenging conditions where 1,000 maximum security inmates are held in Unit 32 of Mississippi’s Parchman Prison. This suit followed our challenge to conditions on Death Row in the same prison system. In January 2006, the state agreed to a consent decree admitting that conditions in Unit 32 violate the Eighth Amendment. Since then, significant improvements have been made in environmental conditions, and in an unusual step, prison officials have given NPP attorneys unrestricted access to the prison system’s internal electronic records on prison classification, use of force, discipline, and medical and mental health care.