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Case Name Doe v. City of New York JC-NY-0063
Docket / Court 1:15-cv-03849 ( S.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Attorney Organization Legal Services/Legal Aid
Case Summary
On May 19, 2015, former inmates at the all-female jail on Rikers Island filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The plaintiffs sued New York City under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiffs, represented by Legal Aid and private attorneys, asked the ... read more >
On May 19, 2015, former inmates at the all-female jail on Rikers Island filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The plaintiffs sued New York City under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiffs, represented by Legal Aid and private attorneys, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief as well as compensatory and punitive damages. The plaintiffs claimed that the City of New York violated their rights of due process and free speech under the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Specifically, the plaintiffs claimed that at the Rose M. Singer Center, the all-female jail on Rikers Island, the City of New York permitted corrections officers to sexually assault inmates and that inmates were allowed to be retaliated against when they reported the sexual assault to higher authorities.

On January 5, 2016, the Court, Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein, released a summary order denying plaintiff's motion for class certification. The court found that the class was not sufficiently ascertainable as proposed and that the plaintiffs lacked typicality and commonality in their claims. The court was also concerned that granting class certification would make it more difficult for currently unknown victims to file a damages suit in the future. However, the court ruled that the claims of the individual plaintiffs survived for both monetary and equitable relief.

As of February 18, 2016, this lawsuit is ongoing.

Kat Brausch - 02/18/2016


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Freedom of speech/association
Defendant-type
Corrections
General
Assault/abuse by staff
Sex w/ staff; sexual harassment by staff
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) City of New York
Plaintiff Description Detainees at Rose M. Singer Center, the all-female jail on Rikers Island, New York.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Legal Services/Legal Aid
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)
1:15-cv-3849 (S.D.N.Y.) 02/16/2016
JC-NY-0063-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 05/19/2015
JC-NY-0063-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Summary Order Denying Motion for Class Certification 01/05/2016 (S.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0063-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Hellerstein, Alvin K. (S.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0063-0002 | JC-NY-0063-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Anderson, Josh Edward (New York)
JC-NY-0063-9000
Bodden, Marlen Suyapa (New York)
JC-NY-0063-9000
Bromley, James L (New York)
JC-NY-0063-9000
Gibney, William D. (New York)
JC-NY-0063-0001 | JC-NY-0063-9000
Hamilton, Barbara Patricia (New York)
JC-NY-0063-9000
Lowenthal, Mitchell (New York)
JC-NY-0063-0001 | JC-NY-0063-9000
Mindlin, Danielle Posen (New York)
JC-NY-0063-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Joyce, Kimberly (New York)
JC-NY-0063-9000
Larkin, Arthur G. III (New York)
JC-NY-0063-9000
Ortiz, Julie Ann (New York)
JC-NY-0063-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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