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1 Lucero-Gonzalez v. Kline
2:20-cv-00901 (D. Ariz.)
Filed 05/08/2020 - Case Ongoing
CoreCivic Warden
CoreCivic
Prison Conditions
Jail Conditions
JC-AZ-0015
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a class-action brought by five prisoners with high-risk medical issues held at the federal Central Arizona Florence Correctional Complex against the U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of Prisons. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendant’s failure to implement basic social distancing and hygiene measures violated ... [view]
2 Russell v. Wayne County
2:20-cv-11094-MAG-EAS (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 05/04/2020 - Case Ongoing
Wayne County
Jail Conditions
JC-MI-0012
Wayne County
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
3 Fernandez-Rodriguez v. Licon-Vitale
1:20-cv-03315 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 04/28/2020 - Case Ongoing
Metropolitan Correctional Center Warden
Metropolitan Correctional Center
Jail Conditions
JC-NY-0080
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
4 Cullors v. County of Los Angeles
2:20-cv-03760 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 04/24/2020 - Case Ongoing
County of Los Angeles
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0139
Los Angeles County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: On April 24, 2020, nine detainees at the Los Angeles County detention centers and a coalition of activists filed a class-action seeking adequate safety conditions at the Los Angeles County detention centers. The petitioners sought a writ of habeas corpus, declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as a temporary restraining order ... [view]
5 Seth v. McDonough
8:20-cv-01028 (D. Md.)
Filed 04/21/2020 - Case Ongoing
Director of the Prince George's County Department of Corrections
Prince George's County Department of Corrections
Jail Conditions
JC-MD-0017
Prince George's County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This class action challenged COVID-related conditions at the Prince Georges County jail, seeking mitigation and release. On May 21, the court granted in part the plaintiff's motion for temporary restraining order. The case is ongoing.
On April 21, 2020, pretrial and post-conviction detainees at Prince George’s County Jail, ... [view]
6 McPherson v. Lamont
3:20-cv-00534 (D. Conn.)
Filed 04/20/2020 - Case Ongoing
Governor of Connecticut
Prison Conditions
Jail Conditions
PC-CT-0022
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
7 Cameron v. Bouchard
2:20-cv-10949-LVP-MJH (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 04/17/2020 - Case Ongoing
Oakland County
Corrective Services
Jail Conditions
JC-MI-0011
Oakland County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a habeas action brought on behalf of classes of pre-trial and post-trial detainees at the Oakland County Jail, seeking release in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The plaintiffs also sought an injunction that would require the defendants to take concrete steps towards protecting those in the jail from COVID-19. On May 21, ... [view]
8 Baez v. McDonald
1:20-cv-10753 (D. Mass.)
Filed 04/17/2020 - Case Ongoing
Plymouth County Correctional Facility
Plymouth County Correctional Facility
Jail Conditions
JC-MA-0019
Plymouth County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: On April 17, 2020, individuals detained in the Plymouth County Correctional Facility (PCCF) filed this putative class action complaint addressing safety concerns posed by COVID-19. The plaintiffs sought emergency risk-mitigation procedures and release measures to reduce the population at the PCCF. On May 18, the court denied the ... [view]
9 Brown v. Marler
2:20-cv-01914-AB (E.D. Pa.)
Filed 04/15/2020 - Case Ongoing
Warden of the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia
Prison Conditions
Jail Conditions
PC-PA-0049
Philadelphia County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a class action complaint requesting declaratory and injunctive relief to prevent infection of those confined in Philadelphia’s Federal Detention Center (“FDC”), as well as writs of habeas corpus to achieve temporary release from FDC for the named petitioners and other detainees at an elevated risk from COVID-19. No ... [view]
10 Sanchez v. Dallas County Sheriff
3:20-cv-00832 (N.D. Tex.)
Filed 04/09/2020 - Case Ongoing
Dallas County Texas
Jail Conditions
JC-TX-0027
Dallas County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a class-action complaint brought on April 9, 2020, by nine detainees at the Dallas County Jail, who have either been infected with COVID-19 or are at risk due to underlying conditions, seeking release from detention due to the risks to their health in light of the virus. The court rejected the request for TRO on April 26 ... [view]
11 Graham v. Allegheny County
2:20-cv-00496-CB-CRE (W.D. Pa.)
Filed 04/09/2020 - Case Ongoing
Allegheny County
Allegheny County
Jail Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JC-PA-0039
Allegheny County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: The ACLU of Pennsylvania filed this class action suit on behalf of pretrial detainees in a PA jail with a subclass of those who were at a heightened risk of contracting COVID-19. The complaint alleged that the conditions in the jail failed to meet CDC recommendations and amounted to a violation of the Americans with Disabilities ... [view]
12 Carranza v. Reams
1:20-cv-00977 (D. Colo.)
Filed 04/07/2020 - Case Ongoing
Weld County
Sheriff of Weld County
Jail Conditions
JC-CO-0010
Weld County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: Inmates held at Weld County Jail (Colorado) with high risks of complications from COVID-19 filed this putative class action lawsuit against the Sheriff of Weld County. They sought injunctive relief, in the form of following public health guidelines in the jail, and declaratory relief. The case is ongoing. ______________________ ... [view]
13 Swain v. Junior
1:20-cv-21457 (S.D. Fla.)
Filed 04/05/2020 - Case Ongoing
Miami-Dade County
Jail Conditions
JC-FL-0025
Miami-Dade County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: On April 4, 2020, individuals detained in Miami-Dade County jails filed a class action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, seeking habeas, injunctive, and declaratory relief. The court granted plaintiff’s motion for a TRO and preliminary injunction in part, and the defendants appealed to ... [view]
14 Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association v. Lamont
HHD-CV20-6126477-S (State Court)
Filed 04/03/2020 - Case Ongoing
Governor of Connecticut
Prison Conditions
Jail Conditions
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-CT-0003
Coding Complete
COVID-19 summary: The ACLU of Connecticut filed this suit on April 3, 2020 asking the court to intervene and force the Governor of Connecticut and the state's Correction Commissioner to reduce the number of individuals incarcerated in the state's jails and prisons during the COVID-19 pandemic. _______________________________________________________ ... [view]
15 Mays v. Thomas
1:20-cv-02134 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 04/03/2020 - Case Ongoing
Cook County
Jail Conditions
JC-IL-0054
Cook County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a 18 U.S.C. § 1983/habeas corpus class action lawsuit brought on behalf of inmates in the Cook County Jail in Chicago in light of over 200 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Jail. Plaintiffs seek release for detainees who are vulnerable because of their underlying medical conditions or age, and transfer to a safer place ... [view]
16 Banks v. Booth
1:20-cv-00849 (D.D.C.)
Filed 03/30/2020 - Case Ongoing
District of Columbia Department of Corrections
Jail Conditions
JC-DC-0015
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 summary: This case seeks immediate relief for 1,600-plus detainees at the D.C. jail and its adjacent custodial treatment facility due to the risk of COVID-19. The plaintiffs seek the immediate release of individuals sentenced for misdemeanors, who number nearly 100, immediate appointment of an expert to recommend further releases, and the ... [view]
17 In re: the Petition of the Pennsylvania Prison Society, Brian McHale, Jeremy Hunsicker, Christopher Aubry, Michael Foundos, and Frederick Leonard, on behalf of all similarly situated individuals
70 MM 2020 (State Court)
Filed 03/30/2020 - Case Ongoing
no defendants on record
Jail Conditions
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-PA-0008
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: The Pennsylvania Prison Society and incarcerated individuals filed a petition requesting that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court take immediate action to reduce the population of Pennsylvania county jails. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied the petition, but ordered that the Pennsylvania judicial system take steps to reduce the ... [view]
18 Savino v. Hodgson
1:20-cv-10617 (D. Mass.)
Filed 03/27/2020 - Case Ongoing
Bristol County House of Corrections
Jail Conditions
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-MA-0019
Bristol County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: A class action for emergency release by noncitizens in civil immigration detention in the Bristol County House of Corrections. Judge William Young first provisionally certified five sub-classes and reviewed dozens of bail applications, releasing many individuals. Then on May 12, he banned further admissions to the facility and ... [view]
19 People ex rel. Stoughton o/b/o Little v. NYS Department of Corrections
260154/2020 (State Court)
Filed 03/25/2020 - Closed 2020
Commissioner of the New York City Department of Corrections
New York City Department of Corrections
Jail Conditions
JC-NY-0076
New York County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: 106 individuals held at New York City's Rikers Island jail on non-criminal technical parole violations secured their release after alleging that their continued incarceration constituted deliberate indifference to the risk of serious medical harm in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment and state constitutional right to due ... [view]
20 People of the State of NY ex rel. Corey Stoughton, Esq., on behalf of Jeffrey v. Brann
451078/2020 (State Court)
Filed 03/24/2020 - Case Ongoing
Commissioner of the New York City Department of Correction
New York City Department of Correction
Jail Conditions
JC-NY-0077
New York City
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: In this case, New York State Supreme Court Justice Mark Dwyer ordered that the NY Department of Correction should release 18 COVID-vulnerable individuals incarcerated in New York City jails because detention during the pandemic violated their federal and state due process rights. On March 24, 2020, 32 COVID-19 vulnerable ... [view]
21 In re COVID-19 Pandemic
2020-0428 (State Court)
Filed 03/24/2020 - Case Ongoing
Tennessee Supreme Court
Prison Conditions
Jail Conditions
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-TN-0014
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: A coalition of criminal justice and prison advocacy organizations filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to take immediate action to reduce the population of Tennessee’s prisons and jails in light of the coronavirus pandemic. On March 25, 2020, the Tennessee Supreme Court ordered local judges to come up with plans for ... [view]
22 Williams v. Brann
451069/2020 (State Court)
Filed 03/19/2020 - Case Ongoing
New York
New York City Department of Correction
Jail Conditions
JC-NY-0074
New York County
Coding In Process
COVID-19 Summary: An emergency petition for immediate release of individuals in pretrial detention or held on parole violation at Rikers Island or other NYC jails was denied on March 20, 2020 by Judge Joel M. Cohen, who held that continuing to hold the inmates did not constitute deliberate indifference to the risk of serious medical harm under the ... [view]
23 In the Matter of the Request to Commute or Suspend County Jail Sentences
084230 (State Court)
Filed 03/19/2020 - Case Ongoing
no defendants on record
Jail Conditions
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-NJ-0005
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is an emergency order by the New Jersey Supreme Court, temporarily releasing about 1,000 pepole serving time in county jails. This case involves the release of individuals held in New Jersey jails during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency on March 9, 2020 due to the ... [view]
24 People ex rel. Harpaz o/b/o Vance v. Brann
260203/2020 (State Court)
Filed 2020 - Closed
no defendants on record
Jail Conditions
JC-NY-0078
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
25 Ruffin v. Brann
260211/2020 (State Court)
Filed 2020 - Closed
no defendants on record
Jail Conditions
JC-NY-0079
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
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