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Hart v. Sheahan, 396 F.3d 887 (7th Cir. 2005). Female pretrial detainees brought an action against a county and jail superintendent alleging deprivation of liberty without due process. The district court dismissed the case and the detainees appealed. The appeals court reversed and remanded, finding that the detainees stated a claim upon which relief could be granted. The detainees alleged that during monthly lockdown searches of the jail, they were confined for 48 to 50 hours at a time to their cells, where they were not under observation or within hailing distance of correctional officers. The detainees alleged that serious injuries resulted from their inability to get the officers' attention during a crisis. The court noted that an alternative procedure was available to the jail that would allow inmates in each locked tier to be released from their cells after that tier was searched, resulting in shorter lockdown periods. (Cook County Jail, Illinois)
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Publication:Corrections Caselaw Quarterly
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U3IL
Date:May 1, 2005
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