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Case Name Jewett v. California Forensic Medical Group JC-CA-0126
Docket / Court 2:13-cv-00882-MCE-AC ( E.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Jail Conditions
Case Summary
On May 6, 2013, a prisoner with limited mobility disability filed this lawsuit in the US Federal District Court of the Eastern District of California. The plaintiff sued California Forensic Medical Group and Shasta County Sheriff's Department under the American Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the ... read more >
On May 6, 2013, a prisoner with limited mobility disability filed this lawsuit in the US Federal District Court of the Eastern District of California. The plaintiff sued California Forensic Medical Group and Shasta County Sheriff's Department under the American Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and state laws.

This petition started off as a pro se civil complaint, where the plaintiff claimed that while an inmate at Shasta County Jail, he was mistreated. As an inmate with a documented mobility disability, he was not placed in areas that accommodated his needs, whether being placed on a top bunk 6ft off the ground, or on the second floor of a cell block requiring him to go up and down stairs. To compensate the prisoners with a medical disability were placed in administration segregation, which prevented him and other medical inmates from using a dayroom, going to religious services, or other prison activities. Furthermore, whenever he would submit written complaints about this grievance, there was no judicial process for reviewing—the requests were simply denied.

While in prison the plaintiff filed this civil complaint, and the subsequent first, second, and third amended complaints. After the filing of the third amended complaint, plaintiff was released from prison, and obtained counsel to represent him, submitting a fourth amended complaint. Plaintiff also acquired counsel from public interest attorney group Disability Rights Legal Center. The parties moved to discovery, after which plaintiff filed a fifth amended complaint. As part of the fifth amended complaint, the plaintiff requested class action certification.

Erica Christianson - 09/27/2016


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Corrections
Hospital/Health Department
Disability
Mobility impairment
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
General
Administrative segregation
Conditions of confinement
Failure to train
Placement in detention facilities
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act), 29 U.S.C. § 701
State law
Defendant(s) California Forensic Medical Group
Shasta County Sheriff's Department
Plaintiff Description Inmates with mobility disabilities in Shasta County jails
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
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
2:13−cv−00882−MCE−AC (E.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0126-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/19/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
JC-CA-0126-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/06/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order to amend Second Amended Complaint [ECF# 11] (C.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0126-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/21/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Fifth Amended Complaint [ECF# 65]
JC-CA-0126-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/02/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Claire, Allison Court not on record [Magistrate]
JC-CA-0126-0003 | JC-CA-0126-9000
England, Morrison C. Jr. (E.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0126-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Atabek, Jon Ali (California)
JC-CA-0126-0002 | JC-CA-0126-9000
Barajas, Maronel (California)
JC-CA-0126-9000
Gibson, Jonathan (California)
JC-CA-0126-9000
Gooch, Joseph Taylor (California)
JC-CA-0126-0002 | JC-CA-0126-9000
Janssen, Kara J. (California)
JC-CA-0126-0002 | JC-CA-0126-9000
Krishnan, Ajay (California)
JC-CA-0126-0002 | JC-CA-0126-9000
Ragland, Steven P (California)
JC-CA-0126-0002 | JC-CA-0126-9000
Rivera, Anna Mercedes (California)
JC-CA-0126-0002 | JC-CA-0126-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Brickwood, Gary Charles (California)
JC-CA-0126-9000
Varanini, Jerome Martin (California)
JC-CA-0126-9000

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