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Case Name Davis v. Baldwin PC-IL-0041
Docket / Court 3:16-cv-00600-SCW ( S.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Special Collection Solitary confinement
Attorney Organization Uptown People's Law Center
Case Summary
On June 2, 2016, a group of residents of the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) filed this class action lawsuit against the IDOC in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201. Represented by the ... read more >
On June 2, 2016, a group of residents of the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) filed this class action lawsuit against the IDOC in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201. Represented by the Uptown People's Law Center and private counsel, the plaintiffs alleged that the IDOC subjected the prisoners to be housed in “extreme isolation,” which the plaintiffs defined as segregation from the mainstream prisoner population where prisoners are involuntarily confined to their cells for upwards of 22 to 24 hours a day. This, they alleged, violated the Eighth Amendment and the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The plaintiff sought declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as class action certification.

On August 22, 2016, the IDOC moved to dismiss this case for failure to state a claim and lack of jurisdiction. The court has yet to rule on this motion. In the meantime, both parties are engaged in discovery.

This case is ongoing.

Gloria Han - 01/22/2017


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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
Jurisdiction-wide
General
Conditions of confinement
Disciplinary procedures
Disciplinary segregation
Solitary confinement/Supermax (conditions or process)
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Defendant(s) Illinois Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description Inmates currently incarcerated in Illinois Department of Corrections facilities.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Uptown People's Law Center
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
Additional Resources
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  Cruel Confinement: Abuse, Discrimination and Death Within Alabama's Prisons
Date: Jun 4, 2014
(Southern Poverty Law Center )
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Civil Rights Injunctions Over Time: A Case Study of Jail and Prison Court Orders
N.Y.U. Law Review
Date: May 2006
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
Date: Jan 1, 1998
By: Malcolm M. Feeley & Edward Rubin (UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law & Vanderbilt School of Law Faculty)
Citation: (1998)
[ Detail ]

Docket(s)
3:16-cv-600 (S.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0041-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/10/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief [ECF# 1]
PC-IL-0041-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/22/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order [ECF# 71] (S.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0041-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/10/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Williams, Stephen C. Court not on record [Magistrate]
PC-IL-0041-0002 | PC-IL-0041-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Anderson, Kimball Richard (Illinois)
PC-IL-0041-0001 | PC-IL-0041-9000
Cornwell, Joanna Frances (Illinois)
PC-IL-0041-0001 | PC-IL-0041-9000
Mills, Alan S. (Illinois)
PC-IL-0041-0001 | PC-IL-0041-9000
Ramirez, Alyssa Elena (Illinois)
PC-IL-0041-0001 | PC-IL-0041-9000
Smith, Reid (Illinois)
PC-IL-0041-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Bautista, Laura K. (Illinois)
PC-IL-0041-9000
Fanning, Robert L. (Illinois)
PC-IL-0041-9000
Patel, Ayesha (Illinois)
PC-IL-0041-9000
Poe, Adam J. (Illinois)
PC-IL-0041-9000

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