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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 prisoners 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 prisoners 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 housed them in “extreme isolation,” which the plaintiffs defined as segregation from the mainstream prisoner population. During isolation, they claimed that they were 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 plaintiffs 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 (Magistrate Judge Stephen C. Williams) denied the motion on March 10, 2017. The court explained that the plaintiffs had alleged they were deprived of human contact, food, and sanitary living conditions, and that the defendant was aware of the conditions because the plaintiffs had filed grievances. In addition, the court found that the plaintiffs adequately pled that they had not been allowed to challenge the defendant's decision to isolate them. 2017 WL 951406. The parties then engaged in discovery.

The case was re-assigned to Magistrate Judge Mark A. Beatty on January 8, 2019.

The plaintiffs filed for class certification on September 6, 2019. The court issued an order on March 6, 2020 announcing that the plaintiffs' motion for class certification was fully briefed and that the court intended to set this motion for oral argument. As of April 10, 2020, the case has yet to go to oral argument and is ongoing.

Gloria Han - 01/22/2017
Elizabeth Heise - 10/25/2018
Alex Moody - 04/10/2020


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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)
Torture
Totality of conditions
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Special Case Type
Criminal
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
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filed 06/02/2016
Case Ongoing Yes
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Court Docket(s)
S.D. Ill.
05/04/2020
3:16-cv-600
PC-IL-0041-9000.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
S.D. Ill.
01/22/2017
Class Action Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief [ECF# 1]
PC-IL-0041-0001.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
S.D. Ill.
03/10/2017
Memorandum and Order [ECF# 71] (2017 WL 951406)
PC-IL-0041-0002.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
S.D. Ill.
09/06/2019
Plaintiffs' Motion for Class Certification [ECF# 173]
PC-IL-0041-0003.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Williams, Stephen C. Court not on record [Magistrate] show/hide docs
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