Margaret Winter is Associate Director of the ACLU National Prison Project. She has litigated prison and jail reform cases in federal trial and appellate courts around the nation and has argued and won a prisoner’s rights case in the U.S. Supreme Court. She has won ground-breaking remedial decrees in class action cases challenging conditions of confinement on death row, prolonged solitary confinement, treatment of youth sentenced as adult and of prisoners with serious mental illness, HIV-based discrimination, and failure to protect prisoners from rape and violence. She has testified as an expert before the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission; the National Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons; the Citizens’ Commission on Violence in the Los Angeles County Jails; and the California Senate and Assembly Public Safety Committees’ Joint Hearing on Segregation Policies in California’s Prisons. Her cases have been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Public Radio, and other national media. She was a finalist for the Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year Award for 2013. She has served as an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, teaching courses on prisoners’ rights litigation and policy.
Sep 25, 2015
What Will Be the Next Step Forward in the Movement to Ban Solitary Confinement in the U.S.?
Sep 23, 2015
Is This the Beginning of the End for Solitary Confinement in the United States?
Dec 16, 2014
The Reign of Terror Ends at LA County Jails
Jan 9, 2014
Notorious Sheriff Baca Finally Retires
Jul 10, 2013
HIV Ghettos in U.S. Prisons Are Finally in the Past
Jun 24, 2013
The First Step to Fix a Broken Prison? Set the Record Straight
May 30, 2013
NEW LAWSUIT: Massive Human Rights Violations at Mississippi Prison
Dec 21, 2012
VICTORY! Henderson et al. v. Thomas et al.
Sep 13, 2012
A Policy of Shame: the Fight to End HIV Segregation in Prison Continues
Sep 12, 2012
A Sheriff with his Head in the Sand