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Solitary confinement

This group of cases addresses solitary confinement or supermax confinement.
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1 Liberty v. Rhode Island Department of Corrections
1:19-cv-00573 (D.R.I.)
Filed 10/25/2019 - Case Ongoing
Rhode Island Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-RI-0010
Coding Complete
On October 25, 2019, detainees with serious and persistent mental illness who were held in solitary confinement—many for prolonged periods of time—filed this lawsuit along with Disability Rights Rhode Island, the state Protection and Advocacy Agency, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island. The plaintiffs sued the Rhode ... [view]
2 G.H. v. Marstiller
4:19-cv-00431-MW-MJF (N.D. Fla.)
Filed 09/04/2019 - Case Ongoing
Secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice
Florida Department of Juvenile Justice
Juvenile Institution
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JI-FL-0008
Leon County
Coding Complete
On September 4, 2019, three minors represented by their legal guardians filed a complaint against the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida. The plaintiffs, represented by lawyers from the Southern Poverty Law Center, Florida Justice Institute, and Florida Legal ... [view]
3 Georgia Advocacy Office v. Jackson
1:19-cv-01634-WMR-JFK (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 04/10/2019 - Case Ongoing
Fulton County Sheriffs Office
Jail Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JC-GA-0034
Fulton County
Coding Complete
On April 10, 2019, two female detainees in the South Fulton Municipal Regional Jail and the Georgia Advocacy Office filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The plaintiff sued the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office and the South Fulton Municipal Jail under 42 U.S.C.§ 1983 and the Americans ... [view]
4 Babu v. Ahern (Babu v. County of Alameda)
5:18-cv-07677-NC (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 12/21/2018 - Case Ongoing
County of Alameda
County of Alameda
Jail Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JC-CA-0130
Alameda County
Coding Complete
On December 21, 2018, detainees at California’s Alameda County Jail filed a class-action complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief against the County of Alameda in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Represented by private counsel, the plaintiffs sued for violations of their rights under the Eighth and ... [view]
5 Gay v. Baldwin
19-cv-01133 (C.D. Ill.)
Filed 10/28/2018 - Case Ongoing
Illinois Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-IL-0045
Coding Complete
This case addresses the Illinois Department of Corrections’ treatment of a prisoner during two decades of solitary confinement. Initially, the prisoner had been sentenced to serve seven years in prison as a young adult. However, during his first years in prison, he accumulated infractions for violent behavior caused by an untreated personality ... [view]
6 Mohrbacher v. Alameda County Sheriffs Office
3:18-cv-00050 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 01/04/2018 - Case Ongoing
Alameda County Sheriff
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0142
Alameda County
Coding Complete
On January 4, 2018, six women prisoners filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California alleging systematic, misogynistic mistreatment of women prisoners at the Alameda County Jail in Santa Rita, California. The plaintiffs sued Alameda County and the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office under 42 U.S.C. §1983 for ... [view]
7 H.C. v. Bradshaw
9:18-cv-80810 (S.D. Fla.)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office
Jail Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JC-FL-0023
Palm Beach County
Coding Complete
Three children charged as adults who were being or had been held in solitary confinement in Palm Beach County Jail filed this putative class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida (West Palm Beach) on June 21, 2018. They sued the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and School Board under the ... [view]
8 Sabata v. Nebraska Department of Correctional Services
4:17-cv-03107 (D. Neb.)
Filed 08/15/2017 - Case Ongoing
Nebraska Board of Parole (BOP)
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-NE-0013
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a longstanding class action filed over conditions in the Nebraska state prison system. In addition to the underlying litigation, the plaintiffs filed an emergency motion on April 10, 2020 seeking disclosure of the defendants' plan for the prevention, management, and treatment of the COVID-19 pandemic. The motion was ... [view]
9 A.T. v. Harder
9:17-cv-00817-TJM-DEP (N.D.N.Y.)
Filed 07/25/2017 - Case Ongoing
Chenango Valley Central School District
Juvenile Institution
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JI-NY-0011
Broome County
Coding Complete
On July 25, 2017, two minors, represented by Legal Services of Central New York, filed this putative class-action civil-rights lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, on behalf of all 16- and 17-year-old juveniles placed in solitary confinement in Broome County's jail, in Binghamton, NY. Both named plaintiffs were ... [view]
10 Doe v. Grays Harbor County
3:17-cv-05186 (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 03/14/2017 - Closed 2018
Grays Harbor County
Grays Harbor County Juvenile Detention Facility
Jail Conditions
JC-WA-0012
Grays Harbor County
Coding Complete
On March 14, 2017, a teenage boy who had formerly been in the Grays Harbor County Juvenile Detention Facility’s custody brought this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. (As the boy was a minor, his mother filed the complaint on his behalf.) The plaintiff sued Grays Harbor County for repeatedly putting him ... [view]
11 J.J. v. Litscher
3:17-cv-00047 (W.D. Wis.)
Filed 01/23/2017 - Case Ongoing
Wisconsin Department of Correction
Lincoln Hills School for Boys & Copper Lake School for Girls
Juvenile Institution
JI-WI-0004
Coding Complete
On January 23, 2017, four minor children confined to the state juvenile facilities Copper Lake School for Girls and the Lincoln Hills School for Boys filed this class action in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. The plaintiffs sued various state officials responsible for the facility under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The ... [view]
12 Davis v. Jones
3:17-cv-00820-J (M.D. Fla.)
Filed 2017 - Case Ongoing
Secretary
Florida Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-FL-0028
Union County
Coding Complete
On July 19, 2017, death-row inmates in Florida filed this lawsuit alleging that the practice of placing death-row inmates in solitary confinement indefinitely violated their Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights. Specifically, they claimed that the permanent solitary confinement posed a serious risk of harm to the health and safety of the ... [view]
13 Seitz v. Allegheny County
2:16-cv-01879-CRE (W.D. Pa.)
Filed 12/19/2016 - Case Ongoing
Allegheny County
State of Pennsylvania
Jail Conditions
JC-PA-0035
Coding Complete
On December 19, 2016, five pregnant women in Allegheny County Jail (ACJ) brought this suit against Allegheny County and jail officers in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Suing under § 1983, they alleged violations of their Eighth Amendment rights to be free from cruel and unusual punishment and their Fourteenth ... [view]
14 V.W. v. Conway
9:16-cv-01150-DNH-DEP (N.D.N.Y.)
Filed 09/21/2016 - Closed 2019
Onondaga County
Sherriff, Justice Center
Jail Conditions
Juvenile Institution
JI-NY-0010
Onondaga County
Coding Complete
On September 21, 2016, six named plaintiffs filed this class action lawsuit against Onondaga County in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. Represented by the New York Civil Liberties Union Foundation and Legal Services of Central New York, the plaintiffs challenged the isolation of juveniles in solitary confinement at ... [view]
15 United States v. Hinds County
3:16-cv-00489-WHB-JCG (S.D. Miss.)
Filed 06/23/2016 - Case Ongoing
Hinds County
Hinds County Adult Detention Center
Jail Conditions
JC-MS-0021
Hinds County
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
16 Davis v. Baldwin
3:16-cv-00600-SCW (S.D. Ill.)
Filed 06/02/2016 - Case Ongoing
Illinois Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-IL-0041
Sangamon County
Coding Complete
On June 2, 2016, a group of residents of the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) filed this class-action lawsuit against the IDOC in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201. Represented by the Uptown People's Law Center and private counsel, the ... [view]
17 Johnson v. Wetzel
1:16-cv-00863-CCC-MCC (M.D. Pa.)
Filed 05/12/2016 - Closed
John Wetzel, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC); Shirley Moore-Smeal, Executive Deputy Secretary of the DOC; Michael Wenerowicz, Regional Deputy Secretary of the DOC; Brenda Tritt, Superintendent SCI Frackville; etc.
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC)
Prison Conditions
PC-PA-0040
Coding Complete
On May 12, 2016, an inmate who had been in solitary confinement since 1979 filed this lawsuit in the District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. The plaintiff, represented by the Abolitionist Law Center and private counsel, sued under 42 U.S.C. 1983 for violations of the Eighth Amendment and the procedural and substantive components of ... [view]
18 Doe v. Hommrich
3:16-cv-00799 (M.D. Tenn.)
Filed 04/25/2016 - Case Ongoing
Tennessee Department of Children’s Services
Juvenile Institution
JI-TN-0006
Coding Complete
On April 25, 2016, a minor pre-trial detainee in the Rutherford County Detention Facility (“the Facility”) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. The plaintiff sued the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (“DCS”) and its Commissioner, the Director of the Facility, an officer of the ... [view]
19 Greenhill v. Clarke
7:16-cv-00068 (W.D. Va.)
Filed 02/19/2016 - Case Ongoing
Virginia Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-VA-0025
Coding Complete
On February 19, 2016, the plaintiff, a Muslim inmate at the Red Onion State Prison, filed this pro se lawsuit alleging a violation of right to free expression in the District Court for the Western District of Virginia. He sued the Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC) under 28 U.S.C. 2201, 48 U.S.C. 1983, and the Religious Land Use and ... [view]
20 Parker v. New York
1:15-cv-06733-CLP (E.D.N.Y.)
Filed 11/23/2015 - Case Ongoing
New York City
NYC Department of Corrections
Jail Conditions
JC-NY-0069
New York
Coding Complete
On November 23, 2015, a former pre-trial detainee who had been confined for over 100 days at Rikers Island, a jail run by the New York City Department of Corrections (NYCDOC), filed this class action lawsuit. The case proceeded under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the City of New York in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. The ... [view]
21 Chavez v. County of Santa Clara
1:15-cv-05277 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 11/18/2015 - Case Ongoing
County of Santa Clara
Santa Clara County jail
Jail Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JC-CA-0123
Santa Clara County
Coding Complete
On November 18, 2015, pretrial detainees at the Santa Clara County Jail filed this class lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Northern California. The plaintiffs had been imprisoned in solitary confinement from November 2014 to November 2015 without knowing why they had been placed there or opportunities to appeal the decision. While in solitary, ... [view]
22 C-Pod Inmates of Middlesex County Adult Correction Center v. Middlesex County
3:15-cv-07920-PGS-TJB (D.N.J.)
Filed 11/05/2015 - Case Ongoing
Middlesex County
Jail Conditions
PC-NJ-0024
Middlesex County
Coding Complete
On November 5, 2015, the plaintiffs, nine pretrial detainees, filed this class action in the United States District Court of New Jersey. The plaintiffs sued Middlesex County under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for the deprivation of rights secured by the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution. The plaintiffs, represented by the ... [view]
23 Disability Law Center v. State of Utah
2:15-cv-00645 (D. Utah)
Filed 09/08/2015 - Case Ongoing
Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Jail Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JC-UT-0006
Coding Complete
On September 8, 2015, the Disability Law Center, a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of individuals with disabilities, and three individuals who were charged with criminal offenses but declared incompetent to stand trial, filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah. The plaintiffs sued Utah, ... [view]
24 Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. v. Coupe
1:15-cv-00688-GMS (D. Del.)
Filed 08/06/2015 - Closed 2017
Delaware Department of Correction
Prison Conditions
PC-DE-0009
Coding Complete
On August 6, 2015, Delaware's Community Legal Aid Society filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. The plaintiffs sued the Delaware Department of Correction under 42 U.S.C. §1983, the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Act, and the Declaratory Judgment Act. Represented by the ... [view]
25 Coleman v. Taylor
1:15-cv-05596 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 06/24/2015 - Closed 2016
Illinois Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-IL-0034
Coding Complete
Plaintiffs filed a complaint on June 24, 2015, challenging the policies and practices of the Illinois Department of Corrections relating to solitary confinement. It alleged that Illinois uses extreme isolation for even the most minor offenses, in violation of the Eighth Amendment's Cruel and Unusual Punishments Clause. Plaintiffs sought ... [view]
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