Farmer v. Brennan (USA)

Farmer v. Brennan, 511 U.S. 825 (1994), was a case in which the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that a prison official’s “deliberate indifference” to a substantial risk of serious harm to an inmate violates the cruel and unusual punishment clause of theEighth Amendment.  An amicus brief was submitted by Stop Prisoner Rape, which lauded the decision.  Dee Farmer,  a male-to-female transsexual, was incarcerated with the general male population after being transferred to the US Penitentiary Terre HauteIndiana. Farmer was repeatedly raped and beaten by the other inmates and acquired HIV as a result. Farmer claimed that the prison administration should have known that Farmer was particularly vulnerable to sexual violence.

Farmer v. Brennan.

Stop Prisoner Rape Press Release.

 

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