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Case Name Babu v. County of Alameda JC-CA-0130
Docket / Court 5:18-cv-07677-NC ( N.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection Solitary confinement
Attorney Organization Rosen, Bien, Galvan & Grunfeld
Case Summary
On December 21, 2018, California detainees filed a civil class action complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief against the County of Alameda in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiffs sued for violations of their rights under the 8th and 14th ... read more >
On December 21, 2018, California detainees filed a civil class action complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief against the County of Alameda in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiffs sued for violations of their rights under the 8th and 14th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and California state law. The plaintiffs asked the court for a declaration that the defendants' ongoing practices violated their constitutional and statutory rights, and injunctive relief stopping the use of the "safety cells" and giving prisoners with psychiatric disabilities access to adequate mental health care. The case was assigned to Judge Nathanael M. Cousins.

Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged that suicidal prisoners were thrown into "safety cells" "where they are stripped naked and given only a smock to cover themselves. The safety cells contain no furniture and only a hole in the ground for prisoners to use as a bathroom, meaning that prisoners have to sleep and eat on the same floor that they must also urinate and defecate on and are also unable to wash their hands after going to the bathroom." Although jail policy limited confinement in these cells to seventy-two hours, the complaint alleged that the prisoners had been forced to stay in those cells for a week or more at a time, causing prisoners to stop reporting suicidal feelings to staff in order to avoid being thrown into these cells.

As of March 2019, the case is still ongoing.

Lisa Limb - 03/20/2019


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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
Disability
Mental impairment
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
General
Bathing and hygiene
Conditions of confinement
Fire safety
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Rehabilitation
Sanitation / living conditions
Solitary confinement/Supermax (conditions or process)
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Suicide prevention
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Medical care, unspecified
Mental health care, general
Mental health care, unspecified
Suicide prevention
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.
Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act), 29 U.S.C. § 701
State law
Defendant(s) County of Alameda
Plaintiff Description Plaintiffs are detainees incarcerated in Alameda County Jails bringing this action on their own behalf and on behalf of a class of all adults who are now, or will be in the future, incaracerated in Alameda County Jails.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Rosen, Bien, Galvan & Grunfeld
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Pending
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filing Year 2018
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
5:18-cv-07677 (N.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0130-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/20/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Civil Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief [ECF# 1]
JC-CA-0130-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/21/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Cousins, Nathanael M. (N.D. Cal.) show/hide docs
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Bornstein, Jeffrey L (California) show/hide docs
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Cabrera, Hugo Dario (California) show/hide docs
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Galvan, Ernest (California) show/hide docs
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Janssen, Kara J. (California) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Mello, Paul Brian (California) show/hide docs
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Peters, Temitayo O. (California) show/hide docs
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Thomas, Gregory B. (California) show/hide docs
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Wolff, Samantha D. (California) show/hide docs
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