Prisoner Rights Lawyers

Unfortunately, when someone is arrested or placed in jail, they receive a stigma that’s hard to get rid of. Just because an individual is charged with a crime does not mean their rights should be forgotten. Even the harshest prison sentence does not justify cruel and unusual punishment, something that is easily forgotten when a person deals with the criminal justice system.

At Sanford Heisler Sharp we work with individuals and their family to ensure that being charged with a crime does not mean their civil liberties can be violated. We work hard to make sure a person’s basic rights are not trampled on because of an arrest.

Prisoner Rights & Incarceration-Related Claims

Our law firm has been involved in the following prisoner rights cases:

  • The “Angola 3” – In June 2013, Sanford Heisler Sharp joined Squire Sanders in representing Herman Wallace, Robert King, Wilkerson, and Albert Woodfox, known as “the Angola 3,” in their suit against the Louisiana State Penitentiary for being held in solitary confinement for more than four decades. As of 2016, all three men have been released from prison.
  • Sanford Heisler Sharp represented a Sonoma County inmate who was assaulted by prison guards and was denied medical attention for his injuries, resulting in physical and mental impairments as well as chronic pain.
  • Sanford Heisler Sharp represents the estate of an African American inmate who had died in custody due to complications from sickle-cell anemia. The prison had failed to provide proper care and treatment over the course of more than a week and allowed the inmate to die of severe dehydration.

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Recognized as Law Firm of the Year 

  • 2021 Employment Rights & Human Rights Firm of the Year
    2021 Employment Rights & Human Rights Firm of the Year
  • 2021 & 2020 Labor & Employment Firm of the Year
    2021 & 2020 Labor & Employment Firm of the Year
  • 2019, 2018 & 2016 Employment Practice Group of the Year
    2019, 2018 & 2016 Employment Practice Group of the Year