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ACLU National Prison Project
The ACLU's National Prison Project is the only national litigation program on behalf of prisoners. Since 1972, the NPP has represented more than 100,000 men, women, and children in cases about unconstitutional conditions of confinement in American's jails and prisons.
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 McPherson v. Lamont
3:20-cv-00534 (D. Conn.)
Filed 04/20/2020 - Closed 2020
Governor of Connecticut
Prison Conditions
Jail Conditions
PC-CT-0022
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a putative class action brought on April 20, 2020, by five detainees at the Connecticut Department of Correction, seeking release from detention or transfer to home confinement due to elevated health risks in light of the virus. The class was certified on June 12. On July 17, the parties entered into a settlement ... [view]
2 Barrera v. Wolf
4:20-cv-01241 (S.D. Tex.)
Filed 04/08/2020 - Case Ongoing
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-TX-0053
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a habeas action filed by four immigrants held at the Montgomery Processing Center, seeking release in light of COVID-19. The plaintiffs alleged that they were particularly vulnerable to the virus due to their medical conditions. No outcome yet.
On April 8, 2020, a group of four immigrants in detention filed this ... [view]
3 Albino-Martinez v. Adducci
2:20-cv-10893 (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 04/07/2020 - Closed 2020
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-MI-0007
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: Five immigration detainees filed a habeas petition and a motion for a temporary restraining order challenging their continued detention in Michigan jails despite their heightened vulnerability to COVID-19. On April 14, the district court denied the plaintiffs' request for a TRO. On April 29, the court issued an opinion denying ... [view]
4 Urdaneta v. Keeton
2:20-cv-00654 (D. Ariz.)
Filed 04/01/2020 - Case Ongoing
Warden of La Palma Correctional Center
La Palma Correctional Center
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-AZ-0030
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a habeas action filed by immigration detainees in Arizona, seeking release due to their high risk of illness or death from COVID-19. The court partially granted an injunction on May 11, requiring the defendants to make a list of measures that could be taken to comply with CDC and ICE guidelines.
This petition for ... [view]
5 Thakker v. Doll
1:20-cv-00480 (M.D. Pa.)
Filed 03/24/2020 - Case Ongoing
Warden of Clinton County Correctional Facility
Clinton County Correctional Facility
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-PA-0016
Clinton County
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
6 Coreas v. Bounds
8:20-cv-00780 (D. Md.)
Filed 03/24/2020 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-MD-0016
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
7 Dawson v. Asher
2:20-cv-00409-JLR-MAT (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 03/16/2020 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-WA-0044
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: In this case filed on March 16, 2020 by nine particularly vulnerable immigration detainees, the Court denied release on March 19, holding that ongoing detention was not unlawfully punitive notwithstanding the threat posed by congregate detention during the coronavirus pandemic. The Court denied release again on April 8, after the ... [view]
8 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]
9 Teneng v. Trump
5:18-cv-01609 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 08/01/2018 - Closed
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Prison Conditions
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0129
Coding Complete
On August 1, 2018, six non-citizens detained at the Federal Correctional Institution Medium II, also called Victorville, filed this putative class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiffs, represented by the ACLU and the Civil Rights Education Enforcement Center, among others, sued the ... [view]
10 Damus v. Nielsen
1:18-cv-00578-JEB (D.D.C.)
Filed 03/15/2018 - Case Ongoing
United States
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0045
Coding Complete
This class action suit, filed on March 15, 2018, sought to enjoin the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from detaining asylum seekers in order to deter other potential migrants from seeking refuge in the United States. The plaintiffs, represented by the ACLU and private counsel, were asylum seekers who had been detained without ... [view]
11 Reid v. Wetzel
1:18-cv-00176-JEJ (M.D. Pa.)
Filed 01/25/2018 - Case Ongoing
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-PA-0045
Coding Complete
On January 25, 2018, five Pennsylvania prisoners who had been sentenced to death filed this putative class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania against the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC). Represented by the Abolitionist Law Center, the ACLU National Prison Project, and the ACLU of ... [view]
12 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
On August 15, 2017, eleven prisoners filed a putative class action complaint against the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) and the Nebraska Board of Parole (BOP) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Represented by the ACLU's National Prison Project, the National Association of the Deaf, ... [view]
13 Lyon v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
3:13-cv-05878-PSG (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 12/19/2013 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0075
Coding Complete
On December 19, 2013, four immigration detainees of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California under 28 U.S.C. § 2201 against ICE and the Department of Homeland Security. The plaintiffs, represented by the ACLU and private counsel, asked the ... [view]
14 Dockery v. Epps
3:13-cv-00326 (S.D. Miss.)
Filed 05/30/2013 - Case Ongoing
Mississippi Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-MS-0007
Coding Complete
On May 30, 2013, prisoners in the East Mississippi Correctional Facility (EMCF) filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. The plaintiffs sued the Mississippi Department of Corrections commissioner, deputy commissioner, and chief medical officer in their official capacities under 42 U.S.C. � ... [view]
15 Hernandez v. County of Monterey
5:13-cv-02354-PSG (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 03/23/2013 - Case Ongoing
County of Monterey, Monterey County Sheriff's Office
Monteray County Jail
Jail Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JC-CA-0107
Monterey County
Coding Complete
On May 23, 2013, prisoners and recently released prisoners from Monterey County Jail filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiffs sued the County of Monterey and the California Forensic Medical Group (CFMG) under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and state law. The plaintiffs, represented by attorneys from ... [view]
16 Pierce v. District of Columbia
1:13-cv-00134-JEB (D.D.C.)
Filed 02/01/2013 - Closed 2016
District of Columbia
Jail Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JC-DC-0014
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
On February 1, 2013, a deaf jail inmate filed this lawsuit on behalf of himself in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiff claimed that the officials at DC’s Correctional Treatment Facility denied him (1) effective access to qualified interpreters (2) effective access to telecommunications, (3) access to jail alerts ... [view]
17 Parsons v. Ryan
2:12-cv-00601 (D. Ariz.)
Filed 03/22/2012 - Case Ongoing
Arizona Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-AZ-0018
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: In this preexisting class action addressing medical care in Arizona's prisons, the district court denied COVID-19 emergency relief on March 23, 2020. Notwithstanding the grave threats posed by congregate imprisonment during the pandemic, the court held that the emergency measures sought by the plaintiffs were outside of its ... [view]
18 Rosas v. Baca
2:12-cv-00428-DDP-SH (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 01/18/2012 - Case Ongoing
Los Angeles County
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0073
Los Angeles County
Coding Complete
On January 18, 2012, prisoners at the Los Angeles County Jail filed this class action in the United States Court for the Central District of California. The prisoners sued the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department (LASD) under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The prisoners, represented by the ACLU of Southern California, asked the Court for declaratory and ... [view]
19 Henderson v. Thomas
2:11-cv-00224-MHT-WC (M.D. Ala.)
Filed 03/28/2011 - Closed 2016
Alabama Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-AL-0033
Coding Complete
On March 28, 2011, a class of HIV-positive men and women imprisoned by the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, under the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act. The plaintiffs, represented by the ACLU of Alabama, the national ... [view]
20 DePriest ex rel. C.B. v. Walnut Grove Correctional Authority
3:10-cv-00663-CWR-FKB (S.D. Miss.)
Filed 11/16/2010 - Closed 2018
Walnut Grove Correctional Authority
Prison Conditions
Juvenile Institution
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JI-MS-0007
Leake County
Coding Complete
On November 16, 2010, thirteen boys and young men incarcerated at the Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility ("WGYCF") in Leakes County, Mississippi, filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, against the city entity responsible for operating WGYCF (the Walnut Grove Correctional Authority) ... [view]
21 Prison Legal News v. Berkeley County Sheriff
2:10-cv-02594-MBS (D.S.C.)
Filed 10/06/2010 - Closed 2014
Berkeley County
Jail Conditions
JC-SC-0003
Berkeley County
Coding Complete
On October 6, 2010, the Prison Legal News filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for South Carolina under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Berkeley County. The plaintiffs, represented by public interest counsel, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as damages, claiming that the defendants' unlawfully censored ... [view]
22 Gamez v. Ryan
CV-10-2070-PHX-JWS (MEA) (D. Ariz.)
Filed 09/27/2010 - Closed 2012
Arizona Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-AZ-0017
Coding Complete
On September 27, 2010, an Arizona prisoner, Robert Gamez, brought this suit in the U.S. District Court of the District of Arizona against the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADOC), under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiff, filing pro se, asked for both declaratory and injunctive relief, alleging that the ADOC violated his Fourteenth and Eighth ... [view]
23 Martinez v. Maketa
1:10-cv-02242-WYD-KLM (D. Colo.)
Filed 09/14/2010 - Closed 2011
El Paso County Sheriff
Jail Conditions
JC-CO-0004
Coding Complete
On September 14, 2010, prisoners of the El Paso County Jail filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the El Paso County Sheriff. The plaintiffs, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union National Prison Project, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief, ... [view]
24 Clay v. Pelle
1:10-cv-01840-WYD -BNB (D. Colo.)
Filed 08/03/2010 - Closed 2011
Boulder County Sheriff
Jail Conditions
JC-CO-0005
Coding Complete
On August 03, 2010, Plaintiffs, on behalf of a class of similarly-situated prisoners of the Boulder County Jail, filed a class action against the Boulder County Sheriff under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, Denver Division. Plaintiffs challenge a new policy of the Boulder County Jail that forbids ... [view]
25 Benkahla v. Federal Bureau of Prisons
2:09-cv-00025-WTL-DML (S.D. Ind.)
Filed 01/21/2009 - Closed 2010
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Prison Conditions
PC-IN-0015
Coding Complete
On January 21, 2009, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Indiana filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, under 42 U.S.C. 1983, against the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The complaint challenged the creation of housing units inside federal prisons in which prisoners lived in isolation from the ... [view]
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