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Case Name Huff v. CoreCivic PC-KS-0007
Docket / Court 2:17-cv-2320 ( D. Kan. )
State/Territory Kansas
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On June 1, 2017 the plaintiffs, previously detained at a private detention facility in Leavenworth, Kansas filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas. The plaintiffs sued CoreCivic, Inc, that operated the detention facility and Securus Technologies, Inc, that ... read more >
On June 1, 2017 the plaintiffs, previously detained at a private detention facility in Leavenworth, Kansas filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas. The plaintiffs sued CoreCivic, Inc, that operated the detention facility and Securus Technologies, Inc, that provided phone and video conference services to the facility for violations of the Kansas, Missouri and federal wiretapping statutes. The plaintiffs were represented by private counsel and sought monetary relief and attorney’s fees. The plaintiffs claimed that throughout the time they were detained defendants improperly and without authorization or consent by Plaintiffs, recorded confidential phone calls and meetings between detainees and their attorneys. Magistrate Judge James P. O’Hara was assigned to the case.

In the complaint, plaintiffs asked for class certification, but this issue was never decided by the court. On November 13, 2017 an individual tried to join the case as a member of the class, but this motion was denied because class certification had not been granted.

CoreCivic and Securus moved to dismiss Count I (the violation of the Missouri wiretapping statute), and on March 2, 2018 this was motion was granted. Securus also moved to dismiss Counts II and III (the violations of the Kansas and federal wiretapping statutes), but this motion was denied.

As of September 24, the parties were engaged in settlement negotiations, with a temporary extension of the stay granted until October 31, 2018.

Anna Brito - 10/03/2018


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Corrections
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Confidentiality
Phone
Search policies
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Non-government for profit
Defendant(s) CoreCivic, Inc
Securus Technologies, Inc.
Plaintiff Description Plaintiffs were formerly held by the United States Marshal Service at a private detention facility in Leavenworth, Kansas (“CCA-Leavenworth”) operated by Defendants, and are alleging a violation of federal wiretap statutes.
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
Source of Relief None yet
Filing Year 2017
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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  Civil Rights Injunctions Over Time: A Case Study of Jail and Prison Court Orders
N.Y.U. Law Review
Date: May 2006
By: Margo Schlanger (Washington University Faculty)
Citation: 81 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 550 (2006)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

  Judicial Policy Making and the Modern State: How the Courts Reformed America's Prisons
Book
Date: Jan. 1, 1998
By: Malcolm M. Feeley & Edward Rubin (UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law & Vanderbilt School of Law Faculty Faculty)
Citation: (1998)
[ Detail ]

Docket(s)
2:17-cv-02320 (D. Kan.)
PC-KS-0007-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/24/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
PC-KS-0007-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/01/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order [ECF# 75] (2018 WL 1175042) (D. Kan.)
PC-KS-0007-0002.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 03/05/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges O'Hara, James P. (D. Kan.) [Magistrate]
PC-KS-0007-9000
Robinson, Julie A. (D. Kan.)
PC-KS-0007-0002 | PC-KS-0007-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Horn, Robert A. (Missouri)
PC-KS-0007-0001 | PC-KS-0007-9000
Kronawitter, Joseph A. (Missouri)
PC-KS-0007-0001 | PC-KS-0007-9000
McCart, Brian Christopher (Missouri)
PC-KS-0007-0001 | PC-KS-0007-9000
Meyers, Brian Timothy (Missouri)
PC-KS-0007-0001 | PC-KS-0007-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Concannon, Taylor Brooke (Missouri)
PC-KS-0007-9000
Fitts, Amy D. (Missouri)
PC-KS-0007-9000
Harding, Robert Ryan (Missouri)
PC-KS-0007-9000
Jacob, Tessa K. (Missouri)
PC-KS-0007-9000
Kokoruda, Thomas G. (Missouri)
PC-KS-0007-9000
Martin, Joshua P. (Texas)
PC-KS-0007-9000
McCubbin, Lauren E. Tucker (Missouri)
PC-KS-0007-9000
Meltzer, Hal D. (Kansas)
PC-KS-0007-9000

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