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Case Name Scott v. Quay JC-NY-0072
Docket / Court 1:19-cv-01075-MKB-LB ( E.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
On February 22, 2019, two individuals who were in the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC), Brooklyn, New York brought a putative class action lawsuit against the Warden of Metropolitan Detention Center in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern ... read more >
On February 22, 2019, two individuals who were in the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC), Brooklyn, New York brought a putative class action lawsuit against the Warden of Metropolitan Detention Center in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. The case was assigned to District Judge Margo K. Brodie.

The plaintiffs alleged that during the period from January 27, 2019 to February 3, 2019, MDC was plunged into darkness and cold, and those being held at the MDC were consequently subjected to unconstitutional and inhumane conditions that amounted to violations of the Fifth and Eighth Amendments of the Constitution. Plaintiffs alleged that due to there being no heat or light, those in custody were were in complete and near-complete lockdown in cells, had limited medical care, had infrequent showers and limited hot water, had no exercise, no clean laundry, no commissary, no hot meals, no access to counsel, no email, and no family visits. These conditions, they argued, amounted to unlawful punishment for the pretrial detainees, and thus was in violation of the Fifth Amendment. Regarding the convicted detainees, the Plaintiffs argued by failing to act on the condition issues, MDC was deliberately indifferent to Plaintiffs’ degrading and inhuman conditions of confinement in violation of their Eighth Amendment right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment. Represented by private counsel, the plaintiffs requested compensatory and punitive damages, and attorney’s fees.

As of March 30, 2019, the case is ongoing.

Michael Beech - 03/30/2019


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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
General
Bathing and hygiene
Conditions of confinement
Personal injury
Recreation / Exercise
Sanitation / living conditions
Totality of conditions
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Medical care, unspecified
Medication, administration of
Mental health care, general
Mental health care, unspecified
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Ex Parte Young (Federal) or Bivens
Defendant(s) Warden
Plaintiff Description Individuals who were detained in the Metropolitan Detention Center ("MDC"), Brooklyn, New York, during the period from January 27, 2019 to February 3, 2019.
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 2019
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
1:19-cv-01075 (E.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0072-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/05/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint [ECF# 1]
JC-NY-0072-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/22/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Brodie, Margo Kitsy (E.D.N.Y.) show/hide docs
JC-NY-0072-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Rosenfeld, Katherine (New York) show/hide docs
JC-NY-0072-0001 | JC-NY-0072-9000
Wilson, O. Andrew F. (New York) show/hide docs
JC-NY-0072-9000

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