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Case Name People of the State of New York ex rel. Short v. Capra PC-NY-0083
Docket / Court 54815/2020 ( State Court )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Special Collection COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
Attorney Organization Legal Services/Legal Aid
Case Summary
COVID-19 Summary: This was a state court habeas petition filed by medically vulnerable inmates in Westchester prisons (represented by Legal Aid), requesting immediate release in light of COVID-19. The case was dismissed on May 26, 2020.


On May 6, 2020, six inmates filed this action ... read more >
COVID-19 Summary: This was a state court habeas petition filed by medically vulnerable inmates in Westchester prisons (represented by Legal Aid), requesting immediate release in light of COVID-19. The case was dismissed on May 26, 2020.


On May 6, 2020, six inmates filed this action in the Westchester County Court. Represented by the Legal Aid Society and private counsel, the inmates petitioned for habeas corpus, naming the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision and the superintendents of Sing Sing Correctional Facility, Taconic Correctional Facility, and Bedford Hills Correctional Facility as respondents. The petitioners alleged that their continued incarceration was unconstitutional, violating the New York Constitution and the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and requested immediate release. Specifically, they argued that because preventative measures were effectively impossible in the prison setting, the respondents' failure to release medically vulnerable individuals constituted deliberate indifference. The case was assigned to Judge George E. Fufidio, Jr.

On May 14, the state filed a cross motion, asking the court to deny the petition and dismiss the case, arguing that the respondents had not been "indifferent" but had taken significant steps to minimize the risk of COVID-19.

On May 26, Judge Fufidio, Jr. entered an order dismissing the petition, finding that the petitioners had not successfully demonstrated deliberate indifference, as required for liability. Judge Fufidio Jr. also noted that even if the petitioners had demonstrated deliberate indifference, it was not clear that habeas release was the appropriate remedy.

Caitlin Kierum - 06/18/2020


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Content of Injunction
Preliminary relief denied
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Defendant-type
Corrections
General
Conditions of confinement
Sanitation / living conditions
Totality of conditions
Medical/Mental Health
COVID-19 Release Denied
COVID-19 Release Requested
Medical care, general
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Special Case Type
Habeas
Causes of Action State law
Defendant(s) Bedford Hills Correctional Facility
New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
Sing Sing Correctional Facility
Taconic Correctional Facility
Plaintiff Description Inmates in Westchester prisons
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Legal Services/Legal Aid
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted Moot
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief Litigation
Filed 05/06/2020
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
54815 (State Supreme Court)
PC-NY-0083-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/28/2020
Source: State Court Website
General Documents
Verified Petition for Habeas Corpus [ECF# 1]
PC-NY-0083-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/06/2020
Source: State Court Website
Emergency Affirmation of Stefen R. Short in Support of Order to Show Clause [ECF# 6]
PC-NY-0083-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/06/2020
Source: State Court Website
Affirmation [ECF# 12]
PC-NY-0083-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/14/2020
Source: State Court Website
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Judges Fufidio, George E. Court not on record show/hide docs
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Abrams, David J. (New York) show/hide docs
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Choi, Brian (New York) show/hide docs
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Forster, Jill L. (New York) show/hide docs
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Gebreselassie, Sophia (New York) show/hide docs
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Intravatola, Jeffrey E. (New York) show/hide docs
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Isaacs, Elizabeth L. (New York) show/hide docs
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Lewis, Dori A. (New York) show/hide docs
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Loftis, David E. (New York) show/hide docs
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Luongo, Justine (New York) show/hide docs
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Quackenbush, Robert Matthew (New York) show/hide docs
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Short, Stefen Russell (New York) show/hide docs
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Werlwas, Mary Lynne (New York) show/hide docs
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Yacka-Bible, Andrea (New York) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Annucci, Anthony J. (New York) show/hide docs
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Capra, Michael (New York) show/hide docs
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Lamanna, Amy (New York) show/hide docs
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Mitchell-Voyd, Tanya (New York) show/hide docs
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