Resource: Amicus Briefs, Damage and Civil Rights Cases

By: Center for Public Representation

January 1, 2019

Civil rights damage action challenging the commitment and confinement of a woman with alcohol addiction to state prison settled for $120,000 including attorney’s fees. Commonwealth of Massachusetts agrees to create a range of community treatment programs for similarly situated class women. When a similar suit is filed twenty years later on behalf of women with substance abuse conditions, see Jane Does v. Baker, the Commonwealth agrees to develop a range of community drug treatment programs and end all civil commitments to the prison.