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Case Name Augustine v. Washington Department of Corrections PC-WA-0030
Docket / Court 19-2-05337-34 ( State Court )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Attorney Organization Columbia Legal Services (formerly Evergreen)
Case Summary
On October 29, 2019, former inmates of Clallam Bay Corrections Center (CCBC) filed this lawsuit in Washington State Superior Court for Thurston County. The plaintiffs sued the Washington Department of Corrections (WDOC), and top WDOC officials, including the WDOC’s secretary, WDOC’s assistant ... read more >
On October 29, 2019, former inmates of Clallam Bay Corrections Center (CCBC) filed this lawsuit in Washington State Superior Court for Thurston County. The plaintiffs sued the Washington Department of Corrections (WDOC), and top WDOC officials, including the WDOC’s secretary, WDOC’s assistant secretary of the Prisons division, the Superintendent of CCBC, and the Superintendent of Washington State Penitentiary. They claimed that their Washington State Constitutional rights had been violated. The plaintiffs, represented by Columbia Legal Services, sought declaratory relief, injunctive relief, restitution for plaintiff’s injuries, and attorney’s fees.

The plaintiffs claimed that after initiating a food strike at CCBC on October 7, 2019, they were retaliated against in cruel fashion by WDOC. Specifically, they claimed that they were transferred to Washington State Penitentiary in retaliation and subjected to solitary confinement since October 9, 2019. The plaintiffs claimed this violates Washington State Constitutional rights of due process, equal protection, cruel punishment, and a duty to maintain health, safety and welfare. The plaintiffs amended their complaint on November 15, 2019. As of February 2020, this case is ongoing.

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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
Solitary confinement/Supermax (conditions or process)
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action State law
Defendant(s) Assistant Secretary of Washington Department of Corrections
Secretary of the Washington Department of Corrections
Superintendent of Clallam Bay Corrections Center
Superintendent of Washington State Penitentiary
Washington Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description Inmates of Clallam Bay Correctional Center
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Columbia Legal Services (formerly Evergreen)
Class action status sought No
Class action status outcome Not sought
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filed 10/29/2019
Case Ongoing Yes
Court Docket(s)
State Trial Court
02/25/2020
19-2-05337-34
PC-WA-0030-9000.pdf | Detail
Source: Bloomberg Law
General Documents
State Trial Court
10/29/2019
Complaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief
PC-WA-0030-0001.pdf | Detail
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Judges Skinder, John C Court not on record show/hide docs
PC-WA-0030-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Allen, Nicholas B. (Washington) show/hide docs
PC-WA-0030-0001 | PC-WA-0030-9000
Chung, Janet (California) show/hide docs
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Grigg, Meredith Ellen (Washington) show/hide docs
PC-WA-0030-0001 | PC-WA-0030-9000
Straley, Nicholas Broten (Washington) show/hide docs
PC-WA-0030-0001 | PC-WA-0030-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Faber, Katherine (Washington) show/hide docs
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Feulner, Timothy J. (Washington) show/hide docs
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