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Case Name Legal Services for Prisoners with Children v. Ahern JC-CA-0104
Docket / Court RG 12656266 ( State Court )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Attorney Organization NDRN/Protection & Advocacy Organizations
Case Summary
On November 15, 2012, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC) filed suit in Alameda County Superior Court under California state law against Alameda County and the Alameda County Sheriff. The plaintiffs, represented by the Disability Rights Advocates and the Disability Rights Legal Center, ... read more >
On November 15, 2012, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC) filed suit in Alameda County Superior Court under California state law against Alameda County and the Alameda County Sheriff. The plaintiffs, represented by the Disability Rights Advocates and the Disability Rights Legal Center, sought declaratory relief, an injunction, and attorney's fees, alleging that the County of Alameda systematically discriminated against men and women with disabilities housed at Santa Rita Jail. Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged that the County denied disabled inmates access to physically accessible cells, toilets, showers, and visiting areas. The plaintiffs also alleged that the County often involuntarily segregated persons with disabilities from the general population, resulting in the denial of access to rehabilitative programs, religious services, and outdoor exercise.

After entering into settlement talks, the parties filed a stipulation regarding the protective order on June 6, 2013. The court (Judge Steven Brick) granted the stipulation in part. The parties continued settlement talks, and as of August 23, 2013, the case appeared ongoing according to the docket.

Priyah Kaul - 10/29/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Equal Protection
Defendant-type
Corrections
Disability
disability, unspecified
Mobility impairment
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
General
Administrative segregation
Classification / placement
Conditions of confinement
Religious programs / policies
Totality of conditions
Plaintiff Type
Non-profit NON-religious organization
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action State law
Defendant(s) Alameda County
Plaintiff Description Non-profit advocating for incarcerated individuals and taxpayers in Alameda County.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations NDRN/Protection & Advocacy Organizations
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
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 After Decision: Implementation of Judicial Decrees in Correctional Settings
Written: Oct. 01, 1977
By: M. Kay Harris & Dudley P. Spiller (Temple University)
Citation: (1977)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ]

Docket(s)
RG 12656266 (State Trial Court) 07/23/2013
JC-CA-0104-9001.pdf | Detail
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General Documents
Complaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief Pursuant to Code Civ. Proc. § 526A, CIV. CODE § 54, et seq.; and GOV'T. CODE § 11135, et seq 11/15/2012
JC-CA-0104-0001.pdf | Detail
ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES INCARCERATED AT SANTA RITA JAIL FACE INHUMANE CONDITIONS AND BARRIERS TO REHABILITATIVE PROGRAMS 11/15/2012
JC-CA-0104-0002.pdf | Detail
Judges Brick, Steven A (State Trial Court)
JC-CA-0104-9001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Janssen, Kara J. (California)
JC-CA-0104-0001 | JC-CA-0104-0002 | JC-CA-0104-9001
Parks, Shawna L (California)
JC-CA-0104-0001 | JC-CA-0104-0002 | JC-CA-0104-9001
Pearlman, Paula D. (California)
JC-CA-0104-0001 | JC-CA-0104-0002 | JC-CA-0104-9001
Seaborn, Stuart (California)
JC-CA-0104-0001 | JC-CA-0104-0002 | JC-CA-0104-9001
Uzeta, Michelle (California)
JC-CA-0104-0001 | JC-CA-0104-0002 | JC-CA-0104-9001
Defendant's Lawyers Weddle, Andrea (California)
JC-CA-0104-9001
Other Lawyers None on record

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