3few months, corrections officers threatened to do just that because of complaints Mr. Peoplesvoiced about restrictions on his religious practices.5.
Defendants’ actions, policies, and procedures have violated and are violating Mr.Peoples’ rights under the Eighth Amendment and Fourteenth Amendments to the United StatesConstitution. Mr. Peoples seeks declaratory and injunctive relief to protect him against the risk of future unlawful sentencing to extreme isolation, and damages for his confinement in 2009.
Plaintiff LEROY PEOPLES is a 30 year-old African-American man, married, apracticing Muslim, and currently incarcerated at Attica Correctional Facility. His earliest releasedate is 2017. When released, Mr. Peoples intends to return to the New York City area to livewith his wife.7.
Defendant BRIAN FISCHER is the Commissioner of the New York StateDepartment of Corrections and Community Supervision (“DOCCS”), and is sued for declaratoryand injunctive relief. Commissioner Fischer has final policy-making and supervisory authoritywithin DOCCS.8.
Defendant ALBERT PRACK is the current Director of the Special Housing andInmate Disciplinary Program. He is sued for declaratory and injunctive relief. Director Prack haspolicy-making and supervisory authority with regard to the Special Housing Unit (“SHU”) andDOCCS’ disciplinary process.9.
Defendant NORMAN BEZIO was the Director of the Special Housing andInmate Disciplinary Program at the time of Mr. Peoples’ sentence to three years of punitiveisolation in 2009. He is sued for declaratory and monetary relief. In 2009, Mr. Bezio had policy-