WASHINGTON, D.C., May 18, 2015: Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron issued the following statement concerning the Supreme Court decision in Coleman-Bey v. Tollefson
Those who are locked behind bars shouldn’t be locked out of the courts when they face unfair and inhumane treatment. Because of today’s decision, some prisoners will have no way to hold prisons accountable for violence, overcrowding, and medical neglect. The decision is part of a broader trend in which the Court has restricted access to justice across the board for those lacking power, influence, and money.
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