Justice Allah

November 2006-present

A prolific paralegal prisoner at New Jersey State Prison (Trenton, NJ), Justice Allah alleges that in November 2006 he was wrongfully assigned to solitary confinement in the Management Control Unit (“MCU”; perhaps the harshest form of solitary in New Jersey). He was released from solitary after 9 years, 4 months, and 29 days.

Allah v. Bartowski, et. al.

Justice Rasideen Allah, a prisoner at New Jersey State Prison, alleges that in November 2006 he was assigned to Management Control Unit Detention (“MCU”), a close-custody unit in a separate wing of the prison where prisoners are kept in solitary confinement. The Management Control Unit Review Committee (“MCURC”) held a hearing in January 2007 to determine whether Justice should be housed in MCU. At that hearing, the MCURC determined that Justice should be placed in the MCU because he had allegedly masterminded a scheme to launder money and introduce contraband into the prison. After the MCURC’s initial decision to place Justice in the MCU was upheld on administrative appeal, Justice sought review with the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division. The Superior Court affirmed the MCURC’s decision and the New Jersey Supreme Court denied his petition for certification. On at least one occasion, Justice has appealed a determination of the MCURC that continued his placement in the MCU.