Pryor said state and county officials agreed to consent decree provisions in the 1970's and '80s because the climate in federal courts and in congress was different then. Passage of the PLRA and several supreme court rulings in recent years have altered that "climate" significantly. Pryor said he had not consulted with county officials in all of the counties before including them in the legal action, but the PLRA gave him authority to proceed on their behalf.
Rhonda Brownstein, Senior Staff Attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center, represents Holman prisoners. She informed PLN that a preliminary ruling by the federal court has terminated the Holman prison consent decree. Ms. Brownstein told PLN that she would consult with attorneys from the ACLU National Prison Project before deciding if or how to challenge that ruling.
Corrections Digest, AL A.G. Press Release, Southern Poverty Law Center
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