Opinion analysis: Supporting excessive force claims in jails – and prisons?

Today, a divided Court resolved Kingsley v. Hendrickson, an important case about excessive force, in the plaintiff’s favor. The precise question in the case had to do with the legal standard for excessive force in the context of pre-trial detention – a significant issue, to be sure, but also a relatively limited one. But the Court’s reasoning appears to extend significantly further and may undermine established standards for excessive force in the much broader context of prison detention. Notably, the United States supported the Court’s legal holding, marking an important instance in which the federal government sided with plaintiffs against prison officers.
I’ve covered the case before and so will only briefly summarize the background. After being arrested and taken to pre-trial detention, Michael Kingsley refused to remove a piece of paper covering a light fixture in his

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