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Dockery v. Epps

Dockery v. Epps

Dockery v. Epps, Civil Action No: 3:13CV326TSL-JMR (S.D. Miss. 2013)


The Southern Poverty Law Center, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Law Office of Elizabeth Alexander brought a federal lawsuit on behalf of prisoners housed at a private, for-profit prison, East Mississippi Correctional Facility, alleging unconstitutional conditions of confinement at this facility, which was designed to provide treatment for incarcerated individuals with serious mental illness. Allegations against the facility include that the prison puts individuals with significant mental illness in isolation for “weeks, months, or years at a time with little stimulation of access to showers and medical care.”


Click here to view the complaint.

The Southern Poverty Law Center – who represents the plaintiffs in this case – hosts a webpage that summarizes the case and has links to the complaint, the brief in support of class certification, and plaintiffs’ motion for class certification. Click here to view the website.


Keywords: Mississippi, Epps, mental health, significant mental illness, mental health treatment, ACLU, East Mississippi Correctional Facility