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Case Name C-Pod Inmates of Middlesex County Adult Correction Center v. Middlesex County PC-NJ-0024
Docket / Court 3:15-cv-07920-PGS-TJB ( D.N.J. )
State/Territory New Jersey
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Special Collection Solitary confinement
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
Case Summary
On November 5, 2015, plaintiffs, pretrial detainees, filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court of New Jersey. The plaintiffs sued Middlesex County under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for the deprivation of rights secured by the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution. ... read more >
On November 5, 2015, plaintiffs, pretrial detainees, filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court of New Jersey. The plaintiffs sued Middlesex County under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for the deprivation of rights secured by the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution. The plaintiffs, represented by the ACLU and the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender, asked the court to declare that the conditions in solitary confinement are unconstitutional and to enjoin Middlesex County to take all of its inmates out of solitary confinement. The plaintiffs claimed that the conditions in C-Pod, the solitary confinement unit in Middlesex County Jail, were unconstitutional. Specifically, the plaintiffs claim that they are locked in a small cell alone almost continuously; cannot interact with other inmates; cannot be visited by family; cannot participate in religious, educational or rehabilitative programs; and are never allowed outdoors.

The plaintiffs are seeking class action status. However, on January 4, 2016, Judge Peter G. Sheridan granted the plaintiffs' request to withdraw their pending motion for class certification without prejudice so that the ACLU attorneys could get acclimated to the case before proceeding with a dispositive motion.

As of February 1, 2016, this case is ongoing.

Kat Brausch - 02/01/2016


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Due Process
Defendant-type
Corrections
General
Classification / placement
Conditions of confinement
Solitary confinement/Supermax (conditions or process)
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Middlesex County
Plaintiff Description Pretrial detainees housed in solitary confinement in Middlesex County Jails.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
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 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-07920-PGS-TJB (D.N.J.) 01/06/2016
PC-NJ-0024-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint 11/05/2015
PC-NJ-0024-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Sheridan, Peter G. (D.N.J.)
PC-NJ-0024-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers DeBrosse, Jesse M (New Jersey)
PC-NJ-0024-0001 | PC-NJ-0024-9000
Duddy, Fletcher C. (New Jersey)
PC-NJ-0024-0001 | PC-NJ-0024-9000
Krakora, Joseph E (New Jersey)
PC-NJ-0024-0001
LoCicero, Jeanne (New Jersey)
PC-NJ-0024-9000
Sellitti, Jennifer N (New Jersey)
PC-NJ-0024-0001 | PC-NJ-0024-9000
Shalom, Alexander (New Jersey)
PC-NJ-0024-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Abouzeid, Danielle (New Jersey)
PC-NJ-0024-9000
Dvorak, Lori A. (New Jersey)
PC-NJ-0024-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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