Disability Rights Montana Solitary Confinement Case Against Montana DOC to Move Forward

Disability Rights Montana Solitary Confinement Case Against Montana DOC to Move Forward

The Ninth Circuit has ruled that a case against the Montana Department of Corrections can move forward. The complaint in the case, brought by Disability Rights Montana, the ACLU of Montana, and Foley & Lardner LLP, argues that prisoners with mental illness in Montana are regularly locked up in solitary confinement and denied appropriate mental health care. The National Disability Rights Network amicus, joined by ten Protection and Advocacy agencies (P&As), highlighted and described the particular dangers of placing individuals with mental illness in solitary confinement. In 2015, the case was dismissed by a lower court, but the Ninth Circuit reversed and reassigned the matter to another judge.