Those in solitary confinement unit at Fayette prison face ‘cruel and unusual punishment,’ lawsuit says

TribLive, 10/03/23: “Five people who have spent years in solitary confinement at a Fayette County state prison are suing the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and prison administrators, alleging that people housed there are subjected to cruel and unusual punishment.

The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, also includes claims for due process violations and discrimination. It seeks to end solitary confinement for men confined in the Security Threat Group Management Unit at the State Correctional Institution at Fayette in LaBelle.

‘The (unit) isolates people with serious mental illnesses in permanent solitary confinement and creates mental illness in people who previously had no history of such,’ the lawsuit said.”

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