Center on Sentencing and Corrections

Westefer v. Snyder

Westefer v. Snyder

Westefer v. Snyder, 725 F.Supp.2d 735 (S.D. Illinois, 2010)


The plaintiffs in this case were prisoners at Tamms Correctional Center, a supermax prison in Illinois. The judge held that the plaintiffs have a due process liberty interest in avoiding confinement at Tamms and that existing Illinois Department of Corrections procedures for assigning inmates to Tamms were constitutionally inadequate. The court granted injunctive relief.

[Note: Tamms Correctional Center was closed in 2013]


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Keywords: Illinois, Tamms, super-max, procedural due process, due process, 14th amendment, fourteenth amendment, 1983, constitutionally adequate procedures, administrative segregation