Judge: Philly man in solitary for 24 years deserves a chance at general population

The Philadelphia Inquirer, 02/23/18: “Darrick Hall, 47, a Philadelphia man who received the death penalty for a 1993 murder, has been in a windowless solitary-confinement cell for 24 years — conditions that continued even after his sentence was vacated in October 2014.

Now, a federal judge has found the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections violated his 14th Amendment due-process rights by denying him a meaningful opportunity to move into the general population, and has issued a preliminary injunction.

‘We believe that there has been a sufficient showing that he will suffer irreparable harm if he is not granted immediate preliminary relief,’ U.S. District Judge Curtis Joyner, of Pennsylvania’s Eastern District, wrote in the order published Friday.”

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