Prison Law

In the Shadows: McCoy v. Alamu

March 13, 2021

Editor’s Note: This piece is the first in our new series covering the Supreme Court’s “shadow docket” — emergency orders and summary decisions outside the Court’s main docket of argued cases and decisions. In November, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the plaintiff in a qualified immunity case in Taylor v. Riojas.  Commentators wondered whether Riojas would…

Immigration Detention and Abolition

July 16, 2019

Prison abolitionism has gained traction. Louisiana, for example, has taken steps recently to reduce the population of the state’s prisons. In June 2017, the “world’s prison capital” passed a series of laws designed to cut the state’s prison and community supervision populations by ten and twelve percent. The movement has been largely successful, by some…

Recent Case: Gibson v. Collier

April 12, 2019

Transgender rights are facing a backlash.  Scientific knowledge of the impacts of gender dysphoria (GD) has grown immensely, and medical care for transgender people is increasingly accessible.  These developments have not been paralleled in the courts.  Recently, in Gibson v. Collier, the Fifth Circuit held that a state policy that does not permit gender affirmation…