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Case Name Doe v. Jones JC-CA-0135
Docket / Court 34-2018-00246913 ( State Court )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
On December 19, 2018, a female inmate incarcerated in the Sacramento County Jail filed a class action complaint against the Sacramento County Sheriff, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, and the California Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) in the Superior Court of the State of ... read more >
On December 19, 2018, a female inmate incarcerated in the Sacramento County Jail filed a class action complaint against the Sacramento County Sheriff, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, and the California Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) in the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Sacramento. The plaintiff, who proposed a class of present and future female menstruating inmates incarcerated in the Sacramento County Jail, alleged that the Sheriff’s Department required women to pay 25 cents to the Department to get a tampon.

The plaintiff alleged violations of the California Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause and Due Process Clause and the California Penal Code 4025 (which grants Sheriffs the authority to operate a commissary at county jails). The plaintiff sought: (1) a temporary restraining order, preliminary injunction, and permanent injunction restraining the Defendants from charging money to female inmates for tampons; (2) an order compelling the Defendants to comply with the California Constitution; (3) an order compelling the Defendants to freely issue sanitary napkins and tampons as needed to female inmates; (4) an order compelling BSCC to direct all California County Sheriff’s Departments and/or County Jails to provide menstruation products to inmates without charge; (5) an order declaring that California Penal Code Section 4025 does not allow Sheriffs to charge women inmates for tampons; (6) attorneys’ fees and costs.

As of April 10, 2019, the case is ongoing. There is a case management conference scheduled for April 26, 2019.

Lisa Limb - 04/10/2019


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Defendant-type
Corrections
Jurisdiction-wide
Law-enforcement
General
Bathing and hygiene
Sanitation / living conditions
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action State law
Defendant(s) Sheriff of Sacramento County
Plaintiff Description Current and future female menstruating female inmates incarcerated in the Sacramento County Jail.
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)
34-2018-00246913-CU-MC-GDS (State Trial Court)
JC-CA-0135-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/11/2019
Source: State Court Website
General Documents
First Amended Complaint for Injunctive Relief [ECF# 6]
JC-CA-0135-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/24/2018
Source: Bloomberg Law
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Judges Eurie, Stacy Boulware Court not on record show/hide docs
JC-CA-0135-9000
Other Lawyers Canny, Paula (California) show/hide docs
JC-CA-0135-0001 | JC-CA-0135-9000

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