Challenging Jail Mistreatment
The Clinic is co-counseling with the Texas Civil Rights Project to represent the mother of Danarian Hawkins, a Houston man who died by hanging in the Harris County Jail. Plaintiff brings a claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act in this federal court lawsuit filed in Houston. Hawkins had a psychiatric disability, and the lawsuit alleges that the County failed to provide him reasonable accommodations, in the form of safe housing and regular monitoring, despite knowing of his elevated suicide risk. Students have worked on document discovery, motions, depositions, and mediation preparation in the case.