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Case Name Lewis v. Cain PC-LA-0015
Docket / Court 3:15-cv-00318 ( M.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
NDRN/Protection & Advocacy Organizations
Case Summary
On May 20, 2015, prisoners incarcerated at Louisiana State Penitentiary filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana (Baton Rouge). The plaintiffs sued the Louisiana State Penitentiary and the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections ... read more >
On May 20, 2015, prisoners incarcerated at Louisiana State Penitentiary filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana (Baton Rouge). The plaintiffs sued the Louisiana State Penitentiary and the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiffs, represented by the ACLU and private counsel, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief. The plaintiffs claimed to have serious medical needs that went untreated, undertreated, or mistreated by the defendants in violation of the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The plaintiffs claimed that defendants engaged in systemic practices that exposed the plaintiffs to unacceptable risks to their health. These practices included routinely delaying specialty care, declining to provide medically necessary treatment, discouraging plaintiffs from requesting medical assistance, punishing plaintiffs who seek medical treatment, and maintaining an insufficient number of qualified medical personnel.

On December 14, 2015, the plaintiffs filed a motion for Entry of Protective Order Governing Protected and Individually Identifiable Health Information (PHI/IIHI) by All Plaintiffs . The order was granted on December 16, 2015 and the terms will survive through the end of litigation, and continue to fully apply to all materials containing PHI/IIHI. Further, the court will retain jurisdiction over all parties and persons who received access to such materials, indefinitely.

As of May 14, 2016, the case is ongoing.

Lakshmi Gopal - 10/17/2015


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Due Process
Content of Injunction
Preliminary relief granted
Recordkeeping
Required disclosure
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Defendant-type
Corrections
Disability
Mental impairment
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
Sex discrimination
General
Bathing and hygiene
Conditions of confinement
Personal injury
Record-keeping
Records Disclosure
Rehabilitation
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Medical care, unspecified
Medication, administration of
Mental health care, general
Mental health care, unspecified
Untreated pain
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act), 29 U.S.C. § 701
Defendant(s) Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections
Plaintiff Description Prisoners currently incarcerated at Louisiana State Penitentiary
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
NDRN/Protection & Advocacy Organizations
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Preliminary injunction / Temp. restraining order
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)
3:15-cv-318 (M.D. La.) 12/16/2015
PC-LA-0015-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 05/20/2015
PC-LA-0015-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Protective Order Governing Protected and Individually Identifiable Health Information 12/16/2015 (M.D. La.)
PC-LA-0015-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Bourgeois, Richard L. (M.D. La.) [Magistrate]
PC-LA-0015-0002 | PC-LA-0015-9000
Jackson, Brian Anthony (M.D. La.)
PC-LA-0015-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Compa, Elizabeth Claire (Louisiana)
PC-LA-0015-9000
Dubner, Jeffrey B. (District of Columbia)
PC-LA-0015-0001 | PC-LA-0015-9000
Montagnes, Mercedes Hardy (Louisiana)
PC-LA-0015-0001 | PC-LA-0015-9000
Sirmon, Candice C. (Louisiana)
PC-LA-0015-0001 | PC-LA-0015-9000
Small, Daniel A. (District of Columbia)
PC-LA-0015-9000
Tait, Miranda (Louisiana)
PC-LA-0015-0001 | PC-LA-0015-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Cody, Jeffrey K. (Louisiana)
PC-LA-0015-9000
Hillburn, James L. (Louisiana)
PC-LA-0015-9000
Shows, Edmond Wade (Louisiana)
PC-LA-0015-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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