Cunningham v. Federal Bureau of Prisons

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Cunningham v. Federal Bureau of Prisons is a federal class-action lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Prisons and officials who run ADX Florence, a supermax prison in Fremont County, Colorado. In 2012, 11 inmates filed the suit, originally named Bacote v. Federal Bureau of Prisons.[1][2] The suit alleges chronic abuse, failure to properly diagnose, and neglect of prisoners who are seriously mentally ill.[3] As of March 2015 settlement negotiations were underway with the help of a federal magistrate and some improvements had been made by the Bureau of Prisons.[4]

The prisoners are represented by the firm Arnold & Porter and the DC Prisoners' Project of the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.[4]


  1. ^ Case 1:12-cv-01570 Complaints and Exhibits Archived July 4, 2012, at the Wayback Machine The United States District Court for the District of Colorado, retrieved 20 June 2012
  2. ^ Matsch, Richard P. (November 26, 2012). "Harold Cunningham, John v. Federal Bureau of Prisons". Retrieved March 29, 2015.
  3. ^ Cohen, Andrew (June 18, 2012). "An American Gulag: Descending into Madness at Supermax". The Atlantic. Retrieved 20 June 2012.
  4. ^ a b Binelli, Mark (March 26, 2015). "Inside America's Toughest Federal Prison". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved March 29, 2015.