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Case Name Salazar v. San Juan County Detention Center JC-NM-0010
Docket / Court 1:15-cv-00417-JB-LF ( D.N.M. )
State/Territory New Mexico
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
On May 15, 2015, the mother of a deceased prison inmate filed this lawsuit against the San Juan County Detention Center in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico. Represented by private counsel, the plaintiff sought damages and declaratory relief under §1983, alleging violations of ... read more >
On May 15, 2015, the mother of a deceased prison inmate filed this lawsuit against the San Juan County Detention Center in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico. Represented by private counsel, the plaintiff sought damages and declaratory relief under §1983, alleging violations of the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 12131-12134. Specifically, the plaintiff claimed that the defendants’ actions and policies constituted severe and deliberate indifference to the medical needs of her son, who suffered injuries and death as a result of receiving insufficient medical care while incarcerated.

The plaintiff’s claims were consolidated with those of three other plaintiffs suing the San Juan County Detention Center, for the pretrial and discovery purposes, although the parties agreed that each case was to be tried separately. On August 24, 2015, the consolidated case was assigned to Judge James O. Browning. On September 28, the plaintiffs filed for injunctive relief, requesting either that the court order the defendants to provide emergency medical care to the plaintiffs, or appoint an independent medical overseer for the facility. On November 17, the court dismissed all federal claims against the defendants, holding that the plaintiffs’ complaint did not meet the requisite pleading standards. On January 15, 2016, the court denied the motion for preliminary injunction on the grounds that the plaintiffs were unlikely to succeed on the merits of their claim. The plaintiffs each filed an amended complaint on February 29, alleging violations of the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments as well as state tort claims.

The lead plaintiff in this case entered into a settlement agreement with the defendants, which was approved by the District Court on September 19. The details of the settlement were not entered on record with court. On September 20, the court dismissed all claims under the A.D.A. and state law. On September 30, the court entered its final judgment, dismissing the lead plaintiff’s claims against the defendants with prejudice. Salazar v. San Juan Cnty. Det. Ctr., No. CIV 15-0417 JB/LF, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 141408, at *41 (D.N.M. Sep. 30, 2016). On December 12, 2016, the parties stipulated to dismissal, with prejudice, of all remaining claims against the defendant San Juan County Detention Center.

The claims of one plaintiff against certain named defendants, employees of SJCDC in their individual capacities, remain ongoing with the court.

Nicholas Hazen - 03/04/2017


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Equal Protection
Defendant-type
Corrections
Disability
disability, unspecified
General
Personal injury
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
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.
Defendant(s) San Juan County Detention Center
Plaintiff Description Plaintiffs are prisoners and deceased prisoners at the San Juan County Detention Center ("SJCDC").
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Case Ongoing Yes
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  Bravo v. Board of Commissioners of Dona Ana County
http://www.bazelon.org/
Date: 2017
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
1:15-cv-417 (D.N.M.)
JC-NM-0010-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/17/2017
Source: Bloomberg Law
General Documents
Complaint for Violation of Civil Rights and Wrongful Death [ECF# 1]
JC-NM-0010-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/15/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Dismissing All Federal Claims Against Defendant San Juan Regional Center with Prejudice [ECF# 97] (D.N.M.)
JC-NM-0010-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/17/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion and Order [ECF# 174] (2016 WL 335447) (D.N.M.)
JC-NM-0010-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 01/15/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order of Partial Dismissal of Plaintiff's Claims Against Defendants [ECF# 249] (D.N.M.)
JC-NM-0010-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/25/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Amended Complaint [ECF# 255]
JC-NM-0010-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/29/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion and Order [ECF# 363] (2016 WL 5376320) (D.N.M.)
JC-NM-0010-0007.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 09/20/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Final Judgment [ECF# 382] (D.N.M.)
JC-NM-0010-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/30/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Browning, James O. (D.N.M.)
JC-NM-0010-0002 | JC-NM-0010-0003 | JC-NM-0010-0004 | JC-NM-0010-0006 | JC-NM-0010-0007 | JC-NM-0010-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Burns, Mitchel S. (New Mexico)
JC-NM-0010-0001 | JC-NM-0010-0002 | JC-NM-0010-0003 | JC-NM-0010-0004 | JC-NM-0010-0005 | JC-NM-0010-9000
Burns, Michael J. (Pennsylvania)
JC-NM-0010-9000
Edwards, Anna Holland (Colorado)
JC-NM-0010-0003 | JC-NM-0010-0004 | JC-NM-0010-0005 | JC-NM-0010-9000
Grossman, Erica (Colorado)
JC-NM-0010-0003 | JC-NM-0010-0004 | JC-NM-0010-0005 | JC-NM-0010-9000
Hatfield, Christian A. (New Mexico)
JC-NM-0010-0001 | JC-NM-0010-0002 | JC-NM-0010-0003 | JC-NM-0010-0004 | JC-NM-0010-0005 | JC-NM-0010-9000
Holland, John Robert (Colorado)
JC-NM-0010-0003 | JC-NM-0010-0004 | JC-NM-0010-0005 | JC-NM-0010-9000
Tucker, Gregory M. (New Mexico)
JC-NM-0010-0001 | JC-NM-0010-0002 | JC-NM-0010-0003 | JC-NM-0010-0004 | JC-NM-0010-0005 | JC-NM-0010-9000
Yoder, Jennifer D. (Minnesota)
JC-NM-0010-0001 | JC-NM-0010-0002 | JC-NM-0010-0003 | JC-NM-0010-0004 | JC-NM-0010-0005 | JC-NM-0010-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Calderon, Melissa Elise (New Mexico)
JC-NM-0010-9000
Childress, Ronald J. (New Mexico)
JC-NM-0010-0003 | JC-NM-0010-0004 | JC-NM-0010-9000
Curtis, Robert J. (New Mexico)
JC-NM-0010-0002 | JC-NM-0010-0003 | JC-NM-0010-0004 | JC-NM-0010-9000
Dailey, Elaine R. (New Mexico)
JC-NM-0010-0003 | JC-NM-0010-0004 | JC-NM-0010-9000
Eaton, Brett C. (New Mexico)
JC-NM-0010-0003 | JC-NM-0010-0004 | JC-NM-0010-9000
Fowler, Kevin D. (New Mexico)
JC-NM-0010-0003 | JC-NM-0010-9000
Kelly, Ellen M. (New Mexico)
JC-NM-0010-0002 | JC-NM-0010-0003 | JC-NM-0010-0004 | JC-NM-0010-9000
Kuhn, Kevin J. (Colorado)
JC-NM-0010-9000
Maggiore, W Ann (New Mexico)
JC-NM-0010-0003 | JC-NM-0010-0004 | JC-NM-0010-9000
Marcus, Lawrence M. (New Mexico)
JC-NM-0010-0003 | JC-NM-0010-0004 | JC-NM-0010-9000
Melendres, Paul (New Mexico)
JC-NM-0010-9000
Mowery, W. Mark (New Mexico)
JC-NM-0010-0003 | JC-NM-0010-0004 | JC-NM-0010-9000
Myers, Andrew J. (Florida)
JC-NM-0010-9000
Park, Alfred A. (New Mexico)
JC-NM-0010-0003 | JC-NM-0010-0004 | JC-NM-0010-9000
Parkhani, Urvashi (New Mexico)
JC-NM-0010-0003 | JC-NM-0010-0004 | JC-NM-0010-9000
Terrazas, Jessica R. (New Mexico)
JC-NM-0010-0003 | JC-NM-0010-0004 | JC-NM-0010-9000
Other Lawyers Rael, Feliz A. (New Mexico)
JC-NM-0010-9000

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