Center on Sentencing and Corrections

Presley v. Epps

Presley v. Epps

Presley v. Epps, Civil Action No. 4:05CV148-M-B (N.D. Mississippi, 2005)


The ACLU filed a class-action lawsuit in federal district court on behalf of incarcerated individuals confined in Unit 32 of the Mississippi State Penitentiary. The lawsuit alleged dangerous and inhumane conditions of confinement in Unit 32, a supermax facility. In August, 2010, the defendants agreed to close Unit 32 and move all seriously mentally ill inmates to a mental health facility.


Click here to view a website with a case profile, case details, and all filed court documents relating to this case, hosted by the University of Michigan Law School’s Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse.

Click here to view the complaint.

Click here to view the Supplemental Consent Decree on Mental Health Care, Use of Force and Classification.


Keywords: Mississippi, 1983, Eighth Amendment, Unit 32, Epps, mental illness, mental health, super-max