The ACLU won a case against the NJ Department of Corrections, and then a judge denied the ACLU it's legal fees. The NC DOC had suffered a series of losses in the case, and then withdrew and conceded by moving the woman back to a womens prison. The judge then denied the ACLU it's legal fees, saying they hadn't won the case, as there was no final hearing.
The NJ Appellate Division Court overruled the judge. "It affirmed that winning doesn't just mean having a piece of paper from a court, but also means winning in the real world, by bringing an end to civil rights violations being suffered by real people. The court went further, saying that government can't avoid paying for its rights violations just by saying that it planned from the start to correct itself. And the court faulted the trial judge for "accepting at face value" the government's convenient explanations. In effect, it warned every judge in the state against rubber-stamping official actions."
The woman had been placed in a men's prison, "in a prison inside a prison," and were "locked in their cells for 22 hours a day, and barred from the prison's medical care center and school."