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Case Name Williams v. Federal Bureau of Prisons PC-DC-0034
Docket / Court 1:20-cv-00890 ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Special Collection COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
Attorney Organization Washington Lawyers' Committee
Case Summary
COVID-19 Summary: This is a class action filed by two inmates on behalf of all those housed in the Hope Village halfway house in D.C., seeking release and appropriate hygiene and social-distancing measures in light of COVID-19. The case was voluntarily dismissed on April 28, after the defendants ... read more >
COVID-19 Summary: This is a class action filed by two inmates on behalf of all those housed in the Hope Village halfway house in D.C., seeking release and appropriate hygiene and social-distancing measures in light of COVID-19. The case was voluntarily dismissed on April 28, after the defendants significantly reduced the population of the halfway house.


On April 2, 2020, two inmates filed this action in the U.S. District Court for the District of D.C. on behalf of all inmates housed in the Hope Village halfway house. Represented by the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs and private counsel, the plaintiffs sued the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the D.C. Department of Corrections, and Hope Village under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, 28 U.S.C. §§ 2201-02, and the federal habeas statute, 28 U.S.C. § 2241, alleging violations of the Eighth Amendment and negligence. Specifically, they alleged that the defendants had failed to provide adequate protections and conditions that adhered to CDC guidelines, which left the plaintiffs unprotected from COVID-19. The case was initially assigned to Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, but was randomly reassigned to Judge Rudolph Contreras.

The plaintiffs filed a motion for temporary restraining order that same day, requesting that the court require the defendants to address the inadequate conditions at Hope Village by: (1) releasing enough residents so that remaining residents could be housed safely, per CDC guidelines; (2) taking appropriate sanitary measures, including reducing the number of residents sharing bedrooms and bathrooms and hygiene products; (3) refraining from admitting new residents, (4) providing an on-site medical team; (5) screen staff and persons with COVID-19 symptoms; (6) implementing isolations and quarantines where necessary.

On April 3, the plaintiffs filed a motion to certify class and appoint class counsel, proposing a class of all persons detained or who would be detained at Hope Village.

The defendants filed briefs in opposition to the motion for temporary restraining order on April 6, arguing that the plaintiffs were unlikely to succeed on the merits.

On April 7, Judge Contreras denied the motion for temporary restraining order, but requested the defendants to provide daily updates, under seal, regarding the overall population, the number of individuals tested, and the number of confirmed positive and negative results. The order also required Hope Village to submit a roster with information for each resident, including medical history, their sentence, and eligibility for home confinement.

On April 28, the plaintiffs filed a notice of dismissal, alerting the court that the declaratory and injunctive relief they sought was moot, due to mitigation efforts made by Hope Village. They stated that now only three federal prisoners remained at Hope Village, the total population had been reduced to less than 15 people, and that the facility would be closing soon.

Caitlin Kierum - 06/03/2020


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Defendant-type
Corrections
General
Bathing and hygiene
Conditions of confinement
Sanitation / living conditions
Totality of conditions
Medical/Mental Health
COVID-19 Mitigation Denied
COVID-19 Mitigation Requested
COVID-19 Release Denied
COVID-19 Release Requested
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Special Case Type
Habeas
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Habeas Corpus, 28 U.S.C. §§ 2241-2253; 2254; 2255
State law
Defendant(s) D.C. Department of Corrections
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Hope Village Halfway House
Plaintiff Description Inmates in a D.C. halfway house
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Washington Lawyers' Committee
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Moot
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement Voluntary Dismissal
Filed 04/02/2020
Case Ongoing Yes
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Docket(s)
1:20-cv-00890 (D.D.C.)
PC-DC-0034-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/28/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief and Class Petition for Writs of Habeas Corpus [ECF# 1]
PC-DC-0034-0010.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/02/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order [ECF# 3]
PC-DC-0034-0011.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/02/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum of Law in Support of Plaintiffs' Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction [ECF# 5 (& 5-1 to 5-4)]
PC-DC-0034-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/02/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Motion for Class Certification and Appointment of Class Counsel [ECF# 25]
PC-DC-0034-0012.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/03/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
District Defendants' Opposition to Plaintiffs' Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order and Exhibit A (Part 1/3) [ECF# 28 (& 28-1)]
PC-DC-0034-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/06/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Part 1/2 of Exhibit 2 of District Defendants' Opposition to Plaintiffs' Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order (Part 2/3) [ECF# 28-2 (Part 1/2)]
PC-DC-0034-0008.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/06/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Part 2/2 of Exhibit 2 of District Defendants' Opposition to Plaintiffs' Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order (Part 3/3) [ECF# 28-2 (Part 2/2)]
PC-DC-0034-0009.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/06/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum of Points and Authorities by the Bureau of Prisons and its Director in Opposition to Plaintiffs' Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order [ECF# 29 (& 29-1 to 29-5)]
PC-DC-0034-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/06/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendant Hope Village, Inc.'s Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Opposition to Plaintiffs' Application for a Temporary Restraining Order [ECF# 30 (& 30-1 to 30-3)]
PC-DC-0034-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/06/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [ECF# 35] (D.D.C.)
PC-DC-0034-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/07/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Reply in Support of Application for Temporary Restraining Order [ECF# 36]
PC-DC-0034-0007.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/07/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Notice of Dismissal of Action without Prejudice [ECF# 92]
PC-DC-0034-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/28/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Contreras, Rudolph (D.D.C.) show/hide docs
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