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Case Name Hudson v. Preckwinkle JC-IL-0050
Docket / Court 1:13-cv-08752 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection Solitary confinement
Attorney Organization Uptown People's Law Center
Case Summary
On November 24, 2013, prisoners detained in Divisions IX and X of the Cook County Jail ("CCJ") filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Cook County. The plaintiffs, represented by the Roderick MacArthur Justice Center, the ... read more >
On November 24, 2013, prisoners detained in Divisions IX and X of the Cook County Jail ("CCJ") filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Cook County. The plaintiffs, represented by the Roderick MacArthur Justice Center, the Uptown People's Law Center, and private counsel, claimed that a culture of brutality and inhumane living conditions permeated CCJ. They asked the Court for injunctive and declaratory relief, claiming that they were deprived of their rights under the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments.

Plaintiffs alleged a longstanding and systemic set of abuses performed by officials at CCJ. In general, they claimed that CCJ officials refused to promulgate adequate policies on overcrowding, the use of force, and segregation. Specifically, living areas were often understaffed or not staffed at all. Officers rarely made rounds or intervened to ensure that prisoners were protected from each other. When CCJ staff did interact with prisoners, it was often in violent, physically aggressive manners. For example, plaintiffs claimed that officers frequently slammed people to the floor, stomped, kicked, and punched them - often while they were handcuffed. When prisoners complained about the violence or made any effort to defend themselves from the officers' attacks, they were often retaliated against by being placed in segregation for up to 23 hours per day, causing distress and violence in these units. Raw sewage frequently flooded these cells, creating serious risks to health and safety.

The case is ongoing. A hearing to determine whether a preliminary injunction is appropriate is scheduled to take place on October 27, 2014.

Nate West - 10/15/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Due Process
Defendant-type
Corrections
General
Assault/abuse by residents/inmates/students
Assault/abuse by staff
Conditions of confinement
Disciplinary procedures
Disciplinary segregation
Excessive force
Failure to supervise
Pepper/OC spray
Sanitation / living conditions
Solitary confinement/Supermax (conditions or process)
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Cook County
Plaintiff Description Plaintiffs are prisoners in the Cook County Jail who alleged inhumane living conditions and unconstitutional violence performed by jail officials against plaintiffs.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Uptown People's Law Center
Class action status sought Yes
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)
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Docket(s)
1:13-cv-08752 (N.D. Ill.) 10/14/2014
JC-IL-0050-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 11/24/2013
JC-IL-0050-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Complaint 02/27/2014
JC-IL-0050-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Press Release 02/27/2014
JC-IL-0050-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: Plaintiffs' counsel
Memorandum in Support of Motion for Class Certification and Appointment as Class Counsel 02/27/2014
JC-IL-0050-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Kendall, Virginia Mary (N.D. Ill.)
JC-IL-0050-9000
Kim, Young B (N.D. Ill.) [Magistrate]
JC-IL-0050-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bedi, Sheila A. (Illinois)
JC-IL-0050-0002 | JC-IL-0050-0004 | JC-IL-0050-9000
Berg, Nicole C. (Illinois)
JC-IL-0050-9000
Bowman, Locke E. III (Illinois)
JC-IL-0050-0002 | JC-IL-0050-0004 | JC-IL-0050-9000
Bradford, David J (Illinois)
JC-IL-0050-9000
Buckley, Francis X. (Illinois)
JC-IL-0050-9000
Kleinman, Laura A. (Illinois)
JC-IL-0050-9000
Merrick, Andrew Francis (Illinois)
JC-IL-0050-9000
Mills, Alan S. (Illinois)
JC-IL-0050-0002 | JC-IL-0050-0004 | JC-IL-0050-9000
Shapiro, David M. (Illinois)
JC-IL-0050-0002 | JC-IL-0050-0004 | JC-IL-0050-9000
Van Brunt, Alexa A. (Illinois)
JC-IL-0050-0002 | JC-IL-0050-0004 | JC-IL-0050-9000
Weil, Steve (Illinois)
JC-IL-0050-9000
Williams, Leah K. (Illinois)
JC-IL-0050-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Barber, Catherine Macneil (Illinois)
JC-IL-0050-9000
Benjamin, Stacy Ann (Illinois)
JC-IL-0050-9000
Bensinger, Virginia Brette (Illinois)
JC-IL-0050-9000
Duffy, Daniel P. (Illinois)
JC-IL-0050-9000
Lanzito, Dominick L. (Illinois)
JC-IL-0050-9000
Lydon, James Matthias (Illinois)
JC-IL-0050-9000
Meador, Lisa Marie (Illinois)
JC-IL-0050-9000
Nowinski, Thomas Edward (Illinois)
JC-IL-0050-9000
O'Grady, Paul A (Illinois)
JC-IL-0050-9000
Shannon, Robert (Illinois)
JC-IL-0050-9000
Sorich, Michael Jude (Illinois)
JC-IL-0050-9000
Sperry, Gretchen Harris (Illinois)
JC-IL-0050-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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