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California's Prisoners' Rights Bar article

These cases are described in an article: Margo Schlanger, The Just-Barely-Sustainable California Prisoners’ Rights Ecosystem, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (2015). They are collected here for ease of reference.

The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 United States v. County of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County Sheriff [USDOJ CRIPA Case]
2:15-cv-05903 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 2015 - Case Ongoing
Los Angeles County Jail
LA County Jail
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0005
Los Angeles County
Coding Complete
On June 6, 1996, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) notified Los Angeles County that it intended to investigate conditions in the Los Angeles County Jail system (the Jails) pursuant to the Civil Rights of the Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA). In August of 1996, the DOJ toured the Jails with correctional mental health experts. The ... [view]
2 Parenti v. County of Monterey
5:14-cv-05481-PSG (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 12/16/2014 - Closed 2019
California Forensic Medical Group
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0118
Coding Complete
On December 16, 2014, the estate of an inmate who died in jail filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiffs sued Monterey County, the Monterey County Sheriff, the Monterey County Jail, and the California Forensic Medical Group under 42 U.S.C. §1983. Represented by private counsel, the ... [view]
3 Estate of Claypole v. County of San Mateo
5:14-cv-02730-BLF (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 06/12/2014 - Closed 2016
County of San Mateo
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0117
Coding Complete
On June 12, 2014, the mother of a pretrial detainee who committed suicide while in jail filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiff sued the County of San Mateo, the Mateo County Sheriff, the County of Monterey, the Monterey County Sheriff, the City of Monterey, the Monterey Police, the ... [view]
4 Mayfield v. Orozco
2:13-CV-02499-JAM-AC (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 12/03/2013 - Closed 2017
Sacramento County Sheriff's Department
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0116
Sacramento County
Coding Complete
On December 3, 2013, a pre-trial detainee in the Sacramento County Jail filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. The plaintiff sued the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, an individual officer in the Sheriff's Department, the County of Sacramento, the University of California, and the University of ... [view]
5 Gray v. County of Riverside
5:13-cv-00444 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 05/08/2013 - Case Ongoing
Riverside County
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0105
Riverside County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This class action about medical care in the Riverside County jails settled in 2015. On April 4, 2020, plaintiffs brought a motion to enforce the consent decree, seeking implementation of expert-endorsed coronavirus-related protocols including social distancing. On April 16, the Court agreed, requiring planning and potentially ... [view]
6 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]
7 Gabriel Carrillo v. Pantamitr Zunggeemoge
12-cv-02609-DSF(PJWx) (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 03/27/2012 - Closed 2014
Los Angeles County
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0114
Los Angeles County
Coding Complete
On March 27, 2012, a visitor to the Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiff sued jails employees and Los Angeles County under 42 U.S.C. §1983. Represented by private civil rights attorneys, the plaintiff asked the court for monetary damages. The ... [view]
8 Estate of Prasad v. County of Sutter
2:12-cv-00592-TLN-CKD (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 03/06/2012 - Closed 2014
Sutter County
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0121
Sutter County
Coding Complete
On March 6, 2012, the mother and minor children of a pre-trial detainee who died in jail from an infection filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. The plaintiffs sued the County of Sutter under 42 U.S.C. § 1983; represented by private counsel, they asked the court for monetary relief. The plaintiffs ... [view]
9 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]
10 Hall v. Mims
1:11-cv-02047-LJO-BAM (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 12/13/2011 - Case Ongoing
Fresno County Sheriff's Office
Jail Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JC-CA-0069
Fresno County
Coding Complete
On December 13, 2011, four inmates of the Fresno County Adult Detention Facilities filed a class action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. The plaintiffs sued the Fresno County Sheriff's Office under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. 2011 WL 11557976. The plaintiffs, represented by the Prison Law Office, Disability ... [view]
11 Bock v. County of Sutter
2:11-CV-00536-MCE (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 02/24/2011 - Closed 2014
County of Sutter
Jail Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JC-CA-0120
Sutter County
Coding Complete
On February 24, 2011, the estate of a mentally ill inmate who committed suicide in the Sutter County Jail filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. The plaintiffs filed the lawsuit against Sutter County, the California Department of Mental Health, the county sheriff, and other mental health providers ... [view]
12 Holguin v. County of Los Angeles
2:10-cv-08011-GW-PLA (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 10/25/2010 - Closed 2013
Los Angeles County
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0115
Los Angeles County
Coding Complete
On October 25, 2010, an inmate at the LA County Men's Central Jail filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiff sued Los Angeles County under 42 U.S.C. §1983. Represented by private counsel, he sought damages for alleged violations of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as well as ... [view]
13 Rodriguez v. County of Los Angeles
2:10-cv-06342-CBM-AJW (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 08/20/2010 - Closed
Los Angeles County
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0111
Los Angeles County
Coding Complete
On August 20, 2010, five inmates in the Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Proceeding under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against deputy sheriffs, the plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, ... [view]
14 Ashker v. Brown
4:09-cv-05796 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 12/09/2009 - Case Ongoing
State of California
California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation
Prison Conditions
PC-CA-0054
Del Norte County
Coding Complete
On December 9, 2009, two prisoners at California's Pelican Bay prison who had been kept in solitary confinement for decades filed this § 1983 action against the State of California in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiffs, originally proceeding pro se, asked the court for declaratory, injunctive, and ... [view]
15 Johnson v. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
2:08-cv-03515-DDP-JTL (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 05/29/2008 - Case Ongoing
County of Los Angeles
Jail Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JC-CA-0059
Los Angeles County
Coding Complete
On May 29, 2008, three prisoners with mobility impairments housed in Los Angeles County jail facilities filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiffs sued the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 ... [view]
16 Mitchell v. Felker
2:08-cv-01196-RAJ (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 05/21/2008 - Closed 2016
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Prison Conditions
PC-CA-0056
Coding Complete
On May 21, 2008, a California inmate filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). The plaintiff, originally proceeded pro se but eventually represented by private counsel and the Prison Law Center, asked the ... [view]
17 L.H. v. Schwarzennegger
2:06-cv-02042-LKK-GGH (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 09/13/2006 - Closed 2014
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-CA-0008
Coding Complete
On September 13, 2006, several Department of Juvenile Justice parolees filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. (They amended the complaint a week later.) The plaintiffs sued California and the persons and entities administering California's juvenile parole system under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. In their ... [view]
18 Perez v. Tilton
3:05-cv-05241-JSW (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 12/19/2005 - Closed 2013
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation ("CDCR")
Prison Conditions
PC-CA-0033
Coding Complete
On December 19, 2005, a California state prisoner filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiff sought injunctive relief on behalf of himself and other prisoners for alleged unconstitutional conditions with respect to dental care provided by the California ... [view]
19 Hecker v. CDCR
2:05-cv-02441-LKK-JFM (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 12/01/2005 - Case Ongoing
California Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-CA-0059
Coding Complete
On December 1, 2005, a group of California prisoners with mental illness filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. The prisoners filed against the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act. The prisoners, represented by ... [view]
20 Farrell v. Harper
RG03079344 (State Court)
Filed 01/16/2003 - Closed 2016
California Youth Authority (CYA)
Juvenile Institution
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JI-CA-0013
Coding Complete
On January 16, 2003, a taxpayer whose juvenile nephew was a ward of the court filed this lawsuit in the Alameda County, California, Superior Court. The plaintiff filed under state law against the director of the California Youth Authority (CYA). She alleged that the CYA expended funds on policies, procedures, and practices that were illegal under ... [view]
21 Plata v. Newsom
3:01-cv-01351-TEH (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 2001 - Case Ongoing
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
CA State Prisons
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-CA-0018
Coding Complete
NOTE: All documents relating to the prison overcrowding proceedings in this case, which led to imposition of a statewide prison population cap, affirmed by the Supreme Court, are presented in a different case record, PC-CA-0057. See "related cases" below. Summary: On August 20, ... [view]
22 Clark v. California
3:96-cv-01486-CRB (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 04/22/1996 - Case Ongoing
State of California
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-CA-0005
Coding Complete
On April 22, 1996, two prisoners with developmental disabilities, incarcerated within facilities run by the California Department of Corrections (CDC), filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Rehabilitation Act (RA), ... [view]
23 Shumate v. Wilson
95-619 (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 04/04/1995 - Closed 2000
California Department of Corrections
Central California Women's Facility & California Institution for Women
Prison Conditions
PC-CA-0011
Chowchilla, CA and Frontera, CA
Coding Complete
On April 4, 1995, women inmates filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California against the governor of California and California prison officials regarding the medical care provided to women prisoners by the California Department of Corrections (DOC) at the Central California ... [view]
24 Castillo v. Alameida
3:94-cv-02847 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 08/09/1994 - Closed 2004
California
California Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-CA-0047
Coding Complete
On August 9, 1994, a prisoner at Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The prisoner sued the state of California under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Represented by private counsel, he claimed that the process by which an inmate is identified as a prison gang member or associate ... [view]
25 Armstrong v. Newsom
4:94-cv-02307-CW (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 06/29/1994 - Case Ongoing
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-CA-0001
Coding Complete
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