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Margaret
Winter

Margaret Winter is the Associate Director of the ACLU National Prison Project. She was lead counsel for plaintiffs in the case that led to the closing of Mississippi's supermax prison. She is currently challenging overcrowding, excessive force, mistreatment of the mentally ill, and other unconstitutional conditions of confinement in the Los Angeles County Jail, the largest jail in the nation. Winter has successfully argued a prisoner's rights case in the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Don't Let the Military's Deadly "Pain Ray" Machine Invade the L.A. County Jail

By Margaret Winter, National Prison Project & Peter J. Eliasberg, ACLU of Southern California at 2:50pm
Los Angeles County Jail has just installed an Assault Intervention Device — an invisible microwave-beam weapon originally developed by the military — as a way to subdue inmates by focusing a microwave beam on them to make them feel "intolerable heat."

L.A. County Jail Still Plagued by Deputies Who Abuse and Retaliate Against Inmates

By Margaret Winter, National Prison Project & Peter J. Eliasberg, ACLU of Southern California at 4:19pm

The ACLU of Southern California and the ACLU National Prison Project today released a disturbing new report on the Los Angeles County Jail that documents numerous, serious allegations of physical abuse and retaliation at the hands of sheriff’s…

Corruption and Abuse By LA County Deputies Contribute To Suicide, Report Confirms

By Margaret Winter, National Prison Project at 4:06pm

John Horton was held in solitary confinement in the Los Angeles County Men‘s Central Jail following his arrest for drug possession. He committed suicide.

In the days leading up to his death in March 2009, jail staff noted that Mr. Horton…

A Sheriff with his Head in the Sand

A Sheriff with his Head in the Sand

By Margaret Winter, National Prison Project & Peter J. Eliasberg, ACLU of Southern California at 9:30am

Gang-like cliques of sheriff's deputies operating with impunity inside L.A. County jails. Department top brass encouraging a culture of violence and brutality against inmates. And a sheriff with his head in the sand.

Rethinking Solitary Confinement in Mississippi and Beyond

Rethinking Solitary Confinement in Mississippi and Beyond

By Margaret Winter, National Prison Project at 11:12am

A Sunday New York Times article gives a critical and searching look at solitary confinement and a new model for prison reform in Mississippi.

Prison Rape Victims Deserve Ways to Seek Justice And Accountability

By Margaret Winter, National Prison Project at 2:17pm

(Originally posted at Daily Kos.)

Tuesday's release of the bipartisan National Prison Rape Elimination Commission (NPREC) report called vividly to mind dozens of horrendous prison rape cases the ACLU has investigated that were immunized from…

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