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Connecticut Settles Overcrowding Suit

The State of Connecticut in the early 1980s agreed to settle a suit over the overcrowding at the Somers Correctional Facility.

Joseph Letezeio individually and on behalf of all those similarly situated at Somers sued the State of Connecticut alleging that the overcrowding and other conditions at Somers violated the Eighth Amendment.

The State settled the suit agreeing to, among other things, eliminate dormitory housing in a former card room, cap housing in each cell to no more than two prisoners, provide indoor and outdoor recreation, one telephone call per week, improved visitation, routine sick call, and the creation of an admission and orientation program. The plaintiffs were represented by the Connecticut Civil Liberties Union. See: Letezeio v. Manson, USDC, D. Conn., No. H82-252.

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Letezeio v. Manson

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