The ACLU of Illinois is challenging the system for providing medical and dental care to persons in Illinois prisons. The system is badly managed and completely dysfunctional, resulting in poor medical treatment and great harm to prisoners.

As part of the proceedings, a recognized expert conducted an exhaustive evaluation of the medical services available in Illinois prisons. That report, released in May of 2015, described profound, systemic failures in the health care system of Illinois prisons including needless suffering and preventable death.

In April 2017, the court approved the litigation as a class action  


Camille Bennett, Lindsay Miller, Ben Wolf (ACLU of Illinois), Alan Mills (Uptown People's Law Center), Jason Steihl (Akerman, LLP), Harold Hirshman (Dentons)

Date filed

May 30, 2013


U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


Judge Jorge Alonso



Case number

10 C 4603

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