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Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. V. Robert M. Coupe, Delaware Department of Correction Commissioner

Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. V. Robert M. Coupe, Delaware Department of Correction Commissioner

Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. v. Coupe, Dist. Court, D. Delaware 2016

On August 6, 2015, Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. (“CLASI”) filed this action for declaratory and injunctive relief alleging unconstitutional treatment of prisoners with serious mental illness by the Delaware Department of Correction (“DOC”). (D.I. 1.) The Complaint claims that the Commissioner of DOC, Defendant Robert M. Coupe (“Coupe”), violated the Eighth Amendment and the Delaware Constitution, Article I, Section II, by confining prisoners with mental illness in solitary confinement, without providing proper medical and mental health treatment and without allowing adequate out-of-cell time.

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Keywords: unconstitutional, Eighth Amendment, medical care, mental health treatment, cruel, unusual.