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Case Name Upshaw v. Alameda County JC-CA-0133
Docket / Court 3:18-cv-07814 ( N.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
On December 31, 2018, three female pretrial detainees housed at the Santa Rita Jail in Alameda County filed this class action lawsuit on behalf of a class of all women who were, or will be in the future, incarcerated in the Alameda County Jails in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of ... read more >
On December 31, 2018, three female pretrial detainees housed at the Santa Rita Jail in Alameda County filed this class action lawsuit on behalf of a class of all women who were, or will be in the future, incarcerated in the Alameda County Jails in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California. The plaintiffs sued the Alameda County and Alameda County Sheriff’s Office under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for violations of their rights under the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments and state law. They claimed denial of basic human rights, cruel and unusual punishment, and intentional infliction of emotional stress due to defendants' practice of interrupting the sleep of the plaintiffs. Represented by a private counsel, they sought monetary, injunctive, and declaratory reliefs. The case was assigned to Judge James Donato.

Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged that the defendants had a policy of keeping lights on at all times and scheduling meals and activities designed to prevent inmates from sleeping for more than five-and-a-half hours a night. The plaintiffs also contended that, in addition to the 24 hour light-on policy, the defendants routinely engaged in actions that disrupt the inmates’ sleep duration, such as repeatedly shining bright white flashlights into prisoners’ eyes, banging keys and flashlights on metal doors, operating machines, and making announcements over the public address system.

On January 29, the plaintiffs filed an ex parte application for Temporary Restraining Order to stop the defendants from disrupting and disturbing the sleep of the plaintiffs and other women prisoners similarly situated. The case is ongoing.

Lisa Koo - 01/31/2019


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Due Process
Defendant-type
Corrections
General
Grievance Procedures
Sanitation / living conditions
Solitary confinement/Supermax (conditions or process)
Totality of conditions
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Defendant(s) Alameda County
Alameda County Sheriff's Office
Plaintiff Description Three female pretrial detainees housed at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, California, in Alameda County and under the authority of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office on behalf of a class of all women who are now, or will be in the future, incarcerated in the Alameda County Jails.
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 Declaratory Judgment
Attorneys fees
Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief None yet
Filing Year 2018
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
3:18-cv-07814 (N.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0133-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/31/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
JC-CA-0133-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/31/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Donato, James (N.D. Cal.) show/hide docs
JC-CA-0133-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Cunningham, Dennis (California) show/hide docs
JC-CA-0133-0001 | JC-CA-0133-9000
Huang, Yolanda (California) show/hide docs
JC-CA-0133-0001 | JC-CA-0133-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Thomas, Gregory B. (California) show/hide docs
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