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Case Name Boyd v. Godinez PC-IL-0029
Docket / Court 3:12-cv-704 ( S.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Attorney Organization Uptown People's Law Center
Case Summary
This is a conditions of confinement suit brought by the putative class of prisoners at the Vienna Correctional Center ("Vienna"), a minimum security Illinois state prison, against the Illinois Department of Corrections. The case was filed by private counsel and the Uptown People's Law Center, on ... read more >
This is a conditions of confinement suit brought by the putative class of prisoners at the Vienna Correctional Center ("Vienna"), a minimum security Illinois state prison, against the Illinois Department of Corrections. The case was filed by private counsel and the Uptown People's Law Center, on June 13, 2012. It alleges disgusting and crowded conditions in violation of the Eighth Amendment-1900 prisoners housed in a facility meant for 925, rampant vermin, contaminated food, heat and ventilation problems, and endemic mold and mildew.

By April 2013, the parties had engaged in settlement discussions. In August of 2013, the Plaintiffs filed an unopposed motion for class certification for settlement purposes. However, the District Court (Judge J. Phil Gilbert) held that, as the named Plaintiffs had all been released from Vienna, the proposed class was not adequately represented by the current named Plaintiffs. The Court reserved ruling on the motion until Plaintiffs either found a suitable class representative, or made a compelling argument to the Court that the current named Plaintiffs were adequate class representatives. Boyd v. Godinez, Civil Action No. 3:12-cv-704-JPG-PMF, 2013 WL 5230238 (S.D. Ill. Sept. 16, 2013).

Plaintiffs subsequently amended their complaint to add a named Plaintiff who was currently incarcerated at Vienna, but also argued that the "inherently transitory" exception to the mootness doctrine should apply in this case. The District Court (Judge Gilbert) held that the Plaintiffs had not adequately explained their inherently transitory argument, especially in light of the fact that they had successfully found a putative class representative and added him to their complaint. Nevertheless, having secured an adequate class representative, the Court granted Plaintiffs' unopposed motion to certify a class for settlement purposes.

In light of the progress made toward settlement, the District Court vacated the pretrial schedule in December 2013. As of October 2014, the parties were still engaged in settlement discussions.

Margo Schlanger - 06/29/2012
Dan Whitman - 10/28/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Defendant-type
Corrections
General
Assault/abuse by residents/inmates/students
Bathing and hygiene
Conditions of confinement
Fire safety
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Recreation / Exercise
Sanitation / living conditions
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Illinois Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description all prisoners at the Vienna Correctional Center
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Uptown People's Law Center
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Civil Rights Injunctions Over Time: A Case Study of Jail and Prison Court Orders
N.Y.U. Law Review
By: Margo Schlanger (Washington University)
Citation: 81 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 550 (2006)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

  Judicial Policy Making and the Modern State: How the Courts Reformed America's Prisons
By: Malcolm M. Feeley & Edward Rubin (UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law & Vanderbilt School of Law Faculty)
Citation: (1998)
[ Detail ]

Docket(s)
3:12−cv−00704 (S.D. Ill.) 10/31/2014
PC-IL-0029-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 06/13/2012
PC-IL-0029-0001.pdf | Detail
Memorandum and Order [Reserving Ruling on Motion for Class Certification] 09/16/2013 (2013 WL 5230238) (S.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0029-0002.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order [Granting Motion to Amend Complaint] 10/29/2013 (2013 WL 5807898) (S.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0029-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Amended Complaint 10/29/2013
PC-IL-0029-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order [Granting Class Certification] 10/31/2013 (S.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0029-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Frazier, Philip M. (S.D. Ill.) [Magistrate]
PC-IL-0029-9000
Gilbert, John Phil (S.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0029-0002 | PC-IL-0029-0003 | PC-IL-0029-0005 | PC-IL-0029-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Collins, Robert C. III (Illinois)
PC-IL-0029-0001 | PC-IL-0029-0004 | PC-IL-0029-9000
Gehl, Andrew T. (Illinois)
PC-IL-0029-0001 | PC-IL-0029-9000
Lally, Kathleen P. (Illinois)
PC-IL-0029-0001 | PC-IL-0029-0004 | PC-IL-0029-9000
Medellin, Malorie R (Illinois)
PC-IL-0029-0004 | PC-IL-0029-9000
Mester, Mark S. (Illinois)
PC-IL-0029-0001 | PC-IL-0029-0004 | PC-IL-0029-9000
Mills, Alan S. (Illinois)
PC-IL-0029-0001 | PC-IL-0029-0004 | PC-IL-0029-9000
Schult, Nicole (Illinois)
PC-IL-0029-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Higgerson, Christopher L. (Illinois)
PC-IL-0029-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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