These cases arise under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983, a provision contained in the Civil Rights Act. It provides a private cause of action when a person is deprived of rights or liberties secured by the laws in the Constitution of the United States. Doug Perrin has represented several families in cases in New Mexico in which prisoners have died due to jail conditions, inattention of jail personnel, unsafe conditions and improper policies. In these cases, the firm usually associates with the firm of Clark, Jones & Pennington in Santa Fe, New Mexico.