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Case Name Malewski v. Preckwinkle JC-IL-0049
Docket / Court 1:14-cv-04187 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Attorney Organization Uptown People's Law Center
Case Summary
On June 6, 2014, an inmate at the Cook County Jail filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, against Cook County. The plaintiff, represented by the Uptown People's Law Center and a private law firm, sought compensatory ... read more >
On June 6, 2014, an inmate at the Cook County Jail filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, against Cook County. The plaintiff, represented by the Uptown People's Law Center and a private law firm, sought compensatory damages, punitive damages, attorneys' fees, and costs, alleging violations of the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments. Specifically, the plaintiff claimed that overcrowding led to unsanitary living conditions and the deprivation of basic necessities. The plaintiff also claimed that Cook County was aware of severe overcrowding and failed to provide adequate funding to the jail.

As of September 26, 2014, the District Court (Judge Ronald Guzman) had not ruled on the plaintiff's pending motion for class certification. The case is still ongoing.

Priyah Kaul - 09/24/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Equal Protection
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Defendant-type
Corrections
Jurisdiction-wide
General
Administrative segregation
Bathing and hygiene
Classification / placement
Conditions of confinement
Failure to train
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Funding
Sanitation / living conditions
Totality of conditions
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Cook County
Plaintiff Description Inmates at Monroe County Jail in Illinois.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Uptown People's Law Center
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Pending
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)
1:14-cv-04187 (N.D. Ill.) 09/26/2014
JC-IL-0049-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 06/06/2014
JC-IL-0049-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Guzman, Ronald A. (N.D. Ill.) [Magistrate]
JC-IL-0049-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Kulis, Gregory E (Illinois)
JC-IL-0049-0001 | JC-IL-0049-9000
Mills, Alan S. (Illinois)
JC-IL-0049-9000
Orozco, Brian M. (Illinois)
JC-IL-0049-9000
Patrick, Joshua S. (Illinois)
JC-IL-0049-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Ferrara, Jill Vosicky (Illinois)
JC-IL-0049-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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