On October 14, 2014, the Equal Justice Initiative filed a class action lawsuit in federal court on behalf of men incarcerated at St. Clair Correctional Facility in Springville, Alabama. EJI filed the suit following the failure of the Alabama Department of Corrections to respond to dangerous conditions and an extraordinarily high rate of violence at St. Clair, including six homicides in the preceding 36 months.
In October 2017, EJI reached a final settlement with the Alabama Department of Corrections in which the department agreed to implement two vital new systems that are critical to effective prison management and have been used effectively in prison systems across the country for years.
The agreement also provides for significant structural reforms.
In the words of Bryan Stevenson: “It’s a huge victory for the men and their families who deserve more security than they have seen… It’s exciting that rather than merely hoping the state makes improvements over the next several years while we continue to litigate, we can actually advance remedies immediately.”