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Case Name Davis v. Jones PC-FL-0028
Docket / Court 3:17-cv-00820-J ( M.D. Fla. )
Additional Docket(s) 3:19-mc-17  [ 19-17 ]  Middle District of FL (U.S.)
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Special Collection Solitary confinement
Case Summary
On July 19, 2017, death-row inmates in Florida filed this lawsuit alleging that the practice of placing death-row inmates in solitary confinement indefinitely violated their Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights. Specifically, they claimed that the permanent solitary confinement posed a serious ... read more >
On July 19, 2017, death-row inmates in Florida filed this lawsuit alleging that the practice of placing death-row inmates in solitary confinement indefinitely violated their Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights. Specifically, they claimed that the permanent solitary confinement posed a serious risk of harm to the health and safety of the plaintiffs. The plaintiffs filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida against employees of the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiffs, represented by themselves, sought injunctive and monetary relief. Lastly, they sought to represent a class of all Florida inmates on death row and in FDOC custody at one of two state correctional facilities. The case was assigned to Judge Marcia Morales Howard.

The defendants moved to dismiss the claim on October 6, 2017. They alleged that the plaintiffs had failed to state a claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and for lack of jurisdiction. On October 25, 2017, the case was referred to mediation.

On November 17, 2017, the Florida DOC filed initial discovery disclosures.

On September 10, 2018, parties stipulated to both a protective order and a confidentiality order.

On March 28, 2018, the complaint was amended.

On April 23, 2018, the motion to certify the class was denied as moot.

On December 5, 2018, a memorandum denying the presence of a third-party observer at mental health examinations was filed stating that the presence of a third party is not necessary or proper.

On May 28, 2019, both parties filed a joint status report to schedule mediation before Senior United States District Judge Harvey Schlesinger and stipulating to a non-jury trial.

On June 12, 2019, Judge Howard issued an order setting the terms of the settlement proceedings in front of Judge Schlesinger. The court directed the clerk to administratively close the case, to be reopened when the settlement efforts have concluded. Judge Howard directed the clerk to open a new case, In re: Davis v. Inch
Settlement Conference
, Case No. 3:19-mc-17, and assign it to Judge Schlesinger. On October 30, 2019, the parties notified the court that discussions are continuing and the parties request more time for mediation. A mediation session was held in January 2020 and is ongoing as of May 11, 2020.

Nora Baty - 09/22/2019
Kat Zhao - 02/14/2020


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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
General
Conditions of confinement
Solitary confinement/Supermax (conditions or process)
Plaintiff Type
State Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Non-government for profit
Non-government non-profit
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Defendant(s) Secretary
Warden
Plaintiff Description Death Row Inmates from Florida.
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se Yes
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filed 2017
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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Docket(s)
3:19-mc-00017-HES-JBT (M.D. Fla.)
PC-FL-0028-9002.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/28/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
3:17-cv-820 (M.D. Fla.)
PC-FL-0028-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/02/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint and Demand for Jury Trial [ECF# 1]
PC-FL-0028-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/19/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Class Action Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief [ECF# 41]
PC-FL-0028-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/28/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [ECF# 72] (2019 WL 1400465) (M.D. Fla.)
PC-FL-0028-0007.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 03/28/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Joint Status Report Regarding Mediation and Jury Demand [ECF# 79]
PC-FL-0028-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/28/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [ECF# 80] (M.D. Fla.)
PC-FL-0028-0008.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/12/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Barksdale, Patricia D Court not on record [Magistrate] show/hide docs
PC-FL-0028-9000
Howard, Marcia Morales (M.D. Fla.) show/hide docs
PC-FL-0028-0007 | PC-FL-0028-0008 | PC-FL-0028-9000
Schlesinger, Harvey Erwin (M.D. Fla.) show/hide docs
PC-FL-0028-9002
Plaintiff's Lawyers Grace, Maggie T (Maryland) show/hide docs
PC-FL-0028-0001 | PC-FL-0028-9000 | PC-FL-0028-9002
McClain, Martin Jr (Florida) show/hide docs
PC-FL-0028-9000 | PC-FL-0028-9002
McDermott, Linda (Florida) show/hide docs
PC-FL-0028-0001 | PC-FL-0028-0002 | PC-FL-0028-0006 | PC-FL-0028-9000 | PC-FL-0028-9002
Rosenthal, Seth (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
PC-FL-0028-0001 | PC-FL-0028-0002 | PC-FL-0028-0006 | PC-FL-0028-9000 | PC-FL-0028-9002
Shea, Matthew T (Maryland) show/hide docs
PC-FL-0028-0002 | PC-FL-0028-9000 | PC-FL-0028-9002
Shea, Evan T (Maryland) show/hide docs
PC-FL-0028-0006 | PC-FL-0028-9000 | PC-FL-0028-9002
Wheeler, Claire M (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
PC-FL-0028-9000 | PC-FL-0028-9002
Defendant's Lawyers Belitzky, Joe (Florida) show/hide docs
PC-FL-0028-9000 | PC-FL-0028-9002
Johnson, Daniel Andrew (Florida) show/hide docs
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Stinson, Monica Galindo (Florida) show/hide docs
PC-FL-0028-9000
Welch, David (Florida) show/hide docs
PC-FL-0028-0006 | PC-FL-0028-9000 | PC-FL-0028-9002

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