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Magluta v. Samples.

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Magluta v. Samples, 375 F.3d 1269 (11th Cir. 2004). A former pretrial detainee brought an action against federal officials asserting constitutional claims relating to the conditions of his confinement. The district court dismissed several defendants for lack of jurisdiction and dismissed the case against the remaining defendants for failure to state a claim. The detainee appealed. The appeals court vacated and remanded. On remand, the district court dismissed the detainee's first amended complaint and the detainee appealed. The appeals court affirmed in part, vacated in part, and remanded. The appeals court held that the detainee stated a claim that he suffered unconstitutional conditions of confinement and that the defendants were not entitled to qualified immunity. The detainee alleged that he was confined under extremely harsh conditions, that he was placed in solitary confinement and locked in an extremely small closet-sized space, with minimal contact with other human beings for a prolonged time that exceeded 500 days. The detainee alleged that the harsh conditions were imposed solely for the sake of punishment. The court noted that ample federal caselaw existed at the time of the challenged conduct to give fair warning to officials that it was unconstitutional to hold a detainee in solitary confinement 500 days, for punishment, with virtually no procedural protection in the form of periodic reviews. (United States Penitentiary, Atlanta, Georgia)
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Title Annotation:FACILITIES; violation of civil rights
Publication:Corrections Caselaw Quarterly
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U5GA
Date:Nov 1, 2004
Words:230
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