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Case Name Cardew v. New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision PC-NY-0088
Docket / Court 6:21-cv-06557 ( W.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Prison Conditions
Case Summary
The nonprofit organizations Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) and Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) filed a class action lawsuit against the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) on behalf of people with disabilities who are incarcerated at Five ... read more >
The nonprofit organizations Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) and Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) filed a class action lawsuit against the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) on behalf of people with disabilities who are incarcerated at Five Points Correctional Facility and have been denied mobility-related accommodations they need to get around.

Specifically, the lawsuit alleges that DOCCS routinely confiscates people’s mobility aids, like wheelchairs and canes, on arrival, even if they were issued by DOCCS at other facilities; refuses to replace or provide mobility aids when needed; provides broken and unusable shared wheelchairs that are difficult to access and not individualized to the needs of the person with a disability; and denies people assistants to help with cell cleaning and other tasks. Additionally, the plaintiffs assert that people who use wheelchairs and cannot push themselves have no reliable way to get around the facility because of DOCCS’ reliance on an ad-hoc process of calling other people who are incarcerated (known as “pushers”) to push them. The complaint charges that people who use wheelchairs are routinely left stranded while trying to get to and from facility services and programs like meals, medical visits, phone calls, recreation, and the law library. DOCCS’ administration of the pusher program is so inadequate, the lawsuit alleges, that people with disabilities who need pushers themselves are sometimes assigned to be pushers for others.



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Filed 2021
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Court Docket(s)
W.D.N.Y.
09/07/2021
6:21-cv-06557-CJS
PC-NY-0088-9000.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
W.D.N.Y.
08/30/2021
Complaint [ECF# 1]
PC-NY-0088-0001.pdf | External Link | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Siragusa, Charles J. (W.D.N.Y.) show/hide docs
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Atkinson, Torie Alisa (New York) show/hide docs
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Holzman, Chloe Ines (New York) show/hide docs
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Mitnick, Hallie Elizabeth (New York) show/hide docs
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Stecker, Andrew Austin (New York) show/hide docs
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