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Case Name P.D. v. Middlesex County JC-NJ-0024
Docket / Court MID-L-3811-14 ( State Court )
State/Territory New Jersey
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
Case Summary
In June 2014, a pre-trial detainee with psychiatric disorders in the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center filed this lawsuit against the Middlesex County in the Superior Court of New Jersey. The plaintiff, represented by the ACLU, sought injunctive, declaratory and monetary relief, claiming ... read more >
In June 2014, a pre-trial detainee with psychiatric disorders in the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center filed this lawsuit against the Middlesex County in the Superior Court of New Jersey. The plaintiff, represented by the ACLU, sought injunctive, declaratory and monetary relief, claiming violations of the Due Process and the Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clauses of the New Jersey Constitution and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. The plaintiff argued he had a long psychiatric history and had received extensive special education. He argued that nonetheless, while in jail, he was held in solitary confinement for months while awaiting trial, with little or no meaningful human contact or mental stimulation, and that his mental health problems got worse during that time.

There is no information available on what happened in the case between 2014 and 2018. On January 8, 2018, the parties entered into a settlement agreement. The County agreed to pay $100,000 to the plaintiff: $25,875 in damages; $37,000 as reimburse for costs associated with the litigation; and $37,125 to cover attorney's fees. The County also agreed to provide plaintiff's attorney with notice if the plaintiff was reincarcerated.

There is no information on whether the settlement was approved by the court, but it appears the case is now closed.

Daniele de Oliveira Nunes - 04/14/2019


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Due Process
Content of Injunction
Reporting
Defendant-type
Corrections
Disability
Mental impairment
General
Conditions of confinement
Disciplinary segregation
Solitary confinement/Supermax (conditions or process)
Medical/Mental Health
Intellectual disability/mental illness dual diagnosis
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action State law
Defendant(s) Middlesex County
Plaintiff Description A male pre-trial detainee who was being held in solitary confinement in the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Attorneys fees
Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration 2018 - 2018
Filing Year 2014
Case Closing Year 2018
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Verified Complaint, Jury Demand and Designation of Trial Counsel
JC-NJ-0024-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/25/2014
Source: ACLU
Statement of Facts and Brief in Support of Motion for Summary Judgment on Behalf of Defendant, Middlesex County
JC-NJ-0024-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/18/2016
Source: ACLU
Brief in Opposition to Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment
JC-NJ-0024-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/06/2016
Source: ACLU
Order
JC-NJ-0024-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/10/2017
Source: ACLU
Order
JC-NJ-0024-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/21/2017
Source: ACLU
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Judges Paley, Phillip Lewis Court not on record show/hide docs
JC-NJ-0024-0004 | JC-NJ-0024-0005
Plaintiff's Lawyers Barocas, Edward (New Jersey) show/hide docs
JC-NJ-0024-0001
Blanco, Mayling C. (New Jersey) show/hide docs
JC-NJ-0024-0002
Livengood, Rebecca (New Jersey) show/hide docs
JC-NJ-0024-0002
LoCicero, Jeanne (New Jersey) show/hide docs
JC-NJ-0024-0001
Shalom, Alexander (New Jersey) show/hide docs
JC-NJ-0024-0001 | JC-NJ-0024-0002
Defendant's Lawyers O'Connor, Susan K. (New Jersey) show/hide docs
JC-NJ-0024-0003

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