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Case Name Money v. Jeffreys PC-IL-0051
Docket / Court 1:20-cv-02094 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Special Collection COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
Attorney Organization Loevy & Loevy
Uptown People's Law Center
Case Summary
COVID-19 Summary: This is a representative habeas action filed by prisoners of the Illinois Department of Corrections, seeking various forms of relief for six subclasses of prisoners in light of COVID-19. The plaintiffs alleged that they were particularly vulnerable to the virus, either due to ... read more >
COVID-19 Summary: This is a representative habeas action filed by prisoners of the Illinois Department of Corrections, seeking various forms of relief for six subclasses of prisoners in light of COVID-19. The plaintiffs alleged that they were particularly vulnerable to the virus, either due to medical conditions or their age. The petitioners were denied habeas relief on April 10.
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On April 2, 2020, a group of prisoners filed this lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Represented by the Uptown People's Law Center, Equip for Equality, the MacArthur Justice Center at Northwestern University, the Illinois Prison Project, and Loevy & Loevy, the petitioners sought writs of habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. § 2254. Specifically, they sought different kinds of relief for different subclasses of prisoners as follows:

-subclass 1 (those with underlying medical conditions): immediate medical furlough
-subclass 2 (those who were medically vulnerable because they were over 55 years old and eligible for medical furlough): immediate medical furlough
-subclass 3 (those over 55 with less than one year remaining in their sentence, who were eligible for home detention): immediate transfer to home detention
-subclass 4 (those in custody for Class 2, 3, or 4 offenses who were eligible for home detention): immediate transfer to home detention
-subclass 5 (those in custody for Class 1 or Class X offenses with less than 90 days remaining on their sentence who were eligible for home detention): immediate transfer to home detention
-subclass 6 (those in custody scheduled to be released within 180 days who were eligible to receive sentencing credit): immediate award of 180 days of sentencing credit.

The same plaintiffs filed a similar case for injunctive relief. For more details, see here in the Clearinghouse.

The parties submitted briefing on April 6 specifically addressing how the Prison Litigation Reform Act ("PLRA") applied to the relief sought for subclasses 1 and 2. The plaintiffs argued that the PLRA had no application to petitions for writs of habeas corpus. The defendants argued that habeas was not the appropriate vehicle for the plaintiff's claims and that even if it were, relief under habeas was unwarranted.

On April 10, Judge Dow denied the petitioners' habeas petition, finding that the requirement for exhausting relief in state courts prior to filing in federal court had not been met.

The case is ongoing.

Caitlin Kierum - 05/09/2020


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Due Process
Due Process: Substantive Due Process
Defendant-type
Corrections
General
Conditions of confinement
Sanitation / living conditions
Totality of conditions
Medical/Mental Health
COVID-19 Release Denied
COVID-19 Release Requested
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Special Case Type
Habeas
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Habeas Corpus, 28 U.S.C. §§ 2241-2253; 2254; 2255
Defendant(s) Illinois Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description Prisoners of the Illinois Department of Corrections
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Loevy & Loevy
Uptown People's Law Center
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Pending
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filed 04/02/2020
Case Ongoing Yes
Case Listing PC-IL-0050 : Money v. Pritzker (N.D. Ill.)
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Docket(s)
1:20-cv-02094 (N.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0051-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/10/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Emergency Petition for Writs of Habeas Corpus [ECF# 1]
PC-IL-0051-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/02/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Submission on the Applicability and Effect of 18 U.S.C. § 3626 [ECF# 17]
PC-IL-0051-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/06/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Response to Emergency Petition for Writs of Habeas Corpus [ECF# 18]
PC-IL-0051-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/06/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Petitioners' Reply in Support of Their Petition for Writs of Habeas Corpus [ECF# 24]
PC-IL-0051-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/08/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Declaration of Professor Judith Resnik Regarding Provisional Remedies for Detained Individuals [ECF# 24-3]
PC-IL-0051-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/08/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion and Order [ECF# 29-1] (2020 WL 1820660) (N.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0051-0006.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 04/10/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Dow, Robert Michael Jr. (N.D. Ill.) show/hide docs
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