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Case Name Murray v. Santa Barbara JC-CA-0129
Docket / Court 2:17-cv-08805 ( C.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Attorney Organization Prison Law Office
Case Summary
On December 6, 2017, several prisoners of the Santa Barbara County Jail (SBCJ) in pre-trial detention filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiffs sued the County of Santa Barbara and the Sheriff's Office under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, ... read more >
On December 6, 2017, several prisoners of the Santa Barbara County Jail (SBCJ) in pre-trial detention filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiffs sued the County of Santa Barbara and the Sheriff's Office under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, claiming violations of Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §12101 et seq., Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, 29 U.S.C. § 794.6, and state law. The plaintiffs, represented by Disability Rights California, the Prisons Law Office, and private counsel sought declaratory and injunctive relief as well as attorneys’ fees and costs. This case was assigned to District Judge George H. Wu and referred to Magistrate Judge Jean P. Rosenbluth.

The plaintiffs alleged that, in operating a jail that is old and dilapidated, severely overcrowded, and understaffed, the defendants forced prisoners to live in dangerous, unsanitary conditions. The plaintiffs also alleged that the defendants failed to provide adequate health care for prisoners, that they overused solitary confinement as punishment, and that the defendants discriminated against and failed to accommodate people with disabilities.

The plaintiffs sought to enjoin the defendants from continuing the unlawful acts, conditions, and practices described above. The plaintiffs wanted the defendants to provide equal access to programs, services, and activities for people with disabilities, including but not limited to housing people with physical disabilities, appropriate access to assistive devices, housing people with disabilities in the least restrictive and most integrated settings appropriate to their needs, and providing an effective grievance system to contest disability discrimination.

On the day of filing the complaint, the plaintiff filed a notice of related cases. The plaintiff wished that the court would recognize two cases as being related to the present case. These cases were Quinton Gray v. County of Riverside, available in this Clearinghouse here, and George Topete v. County of San Bernardino, also available in this Clearinghouse here.

On March 6, 2018, the plaintiffs filed a motion to certify class that included two classes. They defined the general class as “[a]ll people who are now, or in the future will be, incarcerated in the Santa Barbara County Jail system.” The plaintiffs also defined a subclass (the “Disabilities Subclass”) of “[a]ll people who are now, or in the future will be, incarcerated in the Santa Barbara County Jail system and who are qualified individuals with disabilities, as that term is defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §12102, the Rehabilitation Act, 29 U.S.C. § 705(9)(B), and California Government Code § 12926(j) and (m).”

This case is ongoing. On April 12, 2018, Judge Wu heard argument on the motion to certify class and ordered that the plaintiff’s motion be continued to May 31, 2018.

Jake Parker - 05/29/2018


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Due Process
Crowding
Post-PLRA Population Cap
Defendant-type
Corrections
Disability
disability, unspecified
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
General
Administrative segregation
Bathing and hygiene
Conditions of confinement
Disciplinary procedures
Disciplinary segregation
Grievance Procedures
Rehabilitation
Sanitation / living conditions
Solitary confinement/Supermax (conditions or process)
Suicide prevention
Totality of conditions
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Medication, administration of
Mental health care, general
Untreated pain
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act), 29 U.S.C. § 701
State law
Defendant(s) County of Santa Barbara
Plaintiff Description All people who are now, or in the future will be, incarcerated in the Santa Barbara County Jail system.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Prison Law Office
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
Filing Year 2017
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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  Murray v. County of Santa Barbara: Prisoners file class action lawsuit for failures to provide basic health care and to meet ADA requirements at the Santa Barbara County Jail
https://www.disabilityrightsca.org
Date: March 2018
By: Disability Rights California
Citation: https://www.disabilityrightsca.org/cases/murray-v-county-of-santa-barbara
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Docket(s)
2:17-cv-8805 (C.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0129-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/22/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Civil Class Action Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief [ECF# 1]
JC-CA-0129-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/06/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Rosenbluth, Jean P. Court not on record [Magistrate]
JC-CA-0129-9000
Wu, George H. (C.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0129-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Diaz, Richard Brian (California)
JC-CA-0129-9000
Fischer, Aaron Joseph (California)
JC-CA-0129-0001 | JC-CA-0129-9000
Foster, Stacy Lynn (California)
JC-CA-0129-9000
Kendrick, Corene Thaedra (California)
JC-CA-0129-0001 | JC-CA-0129-9000
Romano, Julia Elizabeth (California)
JC-CA-0129-0001 | JC-CA-0129-9000
Specter, Donald H. (California)
JC-CA-0129-0001 | JC-CA-0129-9000
Stewart, Jennifer Taylor (California)
JC-CA-0129-9000
Toll, Joshua C. (District of Columbia)
JC-CA-0129-9000
Zimmer, Donald F. Jr. (California)
JC-CA-0129-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Drossel, Danielle Francine (California)
JC-CA-0129-9000

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