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Case: C-Pod Inmates of Middlesex County Adult Correction Center v. Middlesex County

3:15-cv-07920 | U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

Filed Date: Nov. 5, 2015

Case Ongoing

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Case Summary

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 ACLU and the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender, asked the court to declare that the conditions in solitary confinement were unconstitutional, to en…

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 ACLU and the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender, asked the court to declare that the conditions in solitary confinement were unconstitutional, to enjoin Middlesex County to take all of its inmates out of solitary confinement, and to award costs and reasonable attorneys' fees. The plaintiffs claimed that the conditions in C-Pod, the solitary confinement unit in Middlesex County Jail, were unconstitutional. Specifically, the plaintiffs claimed that they were locked in a small cell alone almost continuously; could not interact with other inmates; could not be visited by family; could not participate in religious, educational or rehabilitative programs; and were never allowed outdoors.

The plaintiffs sought class action status. However, on January 4, 2016, Judge Peter G. Sheridan granted the plaintiffs' request to withdraw their pending motion for class certification without prejudice so that the ACLU attorneys could get acclimated to the case before proceeding with a dispositive motion.

The parties then began settlement conversations. On May 24, 2017, the Court stayed discovery in order to further facilitate the parties’ settlement discussions. The parties reached a settlement with eight of the nine plaintiffs signing the agreement by June 19, 2018. The ninth plaintiff indicated he was not unhappy with the agreement, but did not want to sign. After failing to show and respond to requests to explaining absence from a scheduled conference, Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni recommended this plaintiff’s claims be dismissed with prejudice. 2018 WL 4006809. Judge Peter G. Sheridan adopted the recommendation and dismissed this plaintiff’s claims with prejudice on August 22, 2018. 2018 WL 4005749.

The eight remaining plaintiffs entered a private settlement agreement with the defendants on September 25, 2018. Under the settlement agreement, the county would continue to operate a precautionary supervision unit, but also provide 28 hours per week out of cells, access to recreation time, in-unit programming, and law library services. Protections used would involve less restrictive security measures. Disciplinary detention could no longer exceed 15 days for a single disciplinary charge and 30 days for multiple disciplinary charges. The county also implemented a mental health screening policy that allowed the director of mental health to stop inappropriate placements in solitary confinement. The settlement agreement permitted the plaintiffs’ counsel access to people detained in the jail, jail records, and the facility itself to ensure full compliance with the settlement. The defendants agreed to pay $11,123 in attorneys’ fees and cost. Under the agreement, any alleged non-compliance would first be brought to the defendant’s counsel, with the opportunity for mediation. The settlement agreement was enforceable for two years. If the mediation failed to resolve the issue, plaintiffs were permitted to move the Court for reinstatement or ask for a one-time one-year extension of the agreement. The two-year enforcement period began on the date the parties executed the agreement.

Judge Peter G. Sheridan entered a stipulated of dismissal on October 25, 2018. As of March 21, 2019, the settlement is still in force.

Summary Authors

Kat Brausch (2/1/2016)

Gabriela Hybel (3/27/2018)

Emily Kempa (5/27/2019)

People

For PACER's information on parties and their attrorneys, see: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/7176304/parties/c-pod-inmates-of-middlesex-county-adult-correction-center-v-middlesex/


Judge(s)

Bongiovanni, Tonianne J. (New Jersey)

Sheridan, Peter G. (New Jersey)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Borden, Tess Meiling (New Jersey)

DeBrosse, Jesse M (New Jersey)

Duddy, Fletcher C. (New Jersey)

Krakora, Joseph E (New Jersey)

LoCicero, Jeanne (New Jersey)

Sellitti, Jennifer N (New Jersey)

Shalom, Alexander (New Jersey)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Abouzeid, Danielle (New Jersey)

Judge(s)

Bongiovanni, Tonianne J. (New Jersey)

Sheridan, Peter G. (New Jersey)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Borden, Tess Meiling (New Jersey)

DeBrosse, Jesse M (New Jersey)

Duddy, Fletcher C. (New Jersey)

Krakora, Joseph E (New Jersey)

LoCicero, Jeanne (New Jersey)

Sellitti, Jennifer N (New Jersey)

Shalom, Alexander (New Jersey)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Abouzeid, Danielle (New Jersey)

Dvorak, Lori A. (New Jersey)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

3:15-cv-07920

Docket [PACER]

Oct. 25, 2018

Oct. 25, 2018

Docket
1

3:15-cv-07920

Class Action Complaint

Nov. 5, 2015

Nov. 5, 2015

Complaint
42

3:15-cv-07920

Magistrate Report and Reccomendation

July 31, 2018

July 31, 2018

Magistrate Report/Recommendation

3:15-cv-07920

Settlement Agreement

Sept. 25, 2018

Sept. 25, 2018

Settlement Agreement

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/7176304/c-pod-inmates-of-middlesex-county-adult-correction-center-v-middlesex/

Last updated Oct. 11, 2022, 3:43 p.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
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COMPLAINT against MIDDLESEX COUNTY ( Filing and Admin fee $ 400 receipt number 6742981), filed by JONATHAN RODRIGUEZ, DAMANI HARRIS, TYSON RATLIFF, LUIS BORRERO, SEAN PERSHING, C-POD INMATES OF MIDDLESEX COUNTY ADULT CORRECTION CENTER, PATRICK O'DWYER, HECTOR AMENGUAL, TERRENCE EDWARDS, AZARIAH LAZAR. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet)(mps) (Entered: 11/06/2015)

1 Civil Cover Sheet

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Nov. 5, 2015

Nov. 5, 2015

Clearinghouse
2

SUMMONS ISSUED as to MIDDLESEX COUNTY Attached is the official court Summons, please fill out Defendant and Plaintiffs attorney information and serve. Issued By *PATRICK SEILER* (mps) (Entered: 11/06/2015)

Nov. 6, 2015

Nov. 6, 2015

PACER
3

MOTION to Certify Class by C-POD INMATES OF MIDDLESEX COUNTY ADULT CORRECTION CENTER. Responses due by 11/23/2015 (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order, # 2 Brief, # 3 Exhibit)(DUDDY, FLETCHER) (Entered: 11/12/2015)

1 Text of Proposed Order

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2 Brief

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3 Exhibit

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Nov. 12, 2015

Nov. 12, 2015

PACER
4

ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF SERVICE Executed by C-POD INMATES OF MIDDLESEX COUNTY ADULT CORRECTION CENTER. MIDDLESEX COUNTY served on 11/12/2015, answer due 12/3/2015. (DUDDY, FLETCHER) (Entered: 11/13/2015)

Nov. 13, 2015

Nov. 13, 2015

PACER

Set/Reset Motion and R&R Deadlines/Hearings

Nov. 13, 2015

Nov. 13, 2015

PACER

Set Deadlines as to 3 MOTION to Certify Class . Motion set for 12/7/2015 before Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni. The motion will be decided on the papers. No appearances required unless notified by the court. (kas, )

Nov. 13, 2015

Nov. 13, 2015

PACER

ORAL ARGUMENT REQUIRED for the 3 MOTION to Certify Class . Motion RESET for 12/7/2015 at 01:30 PM in Trenton - Courtroom 4E before Judge Peter G. Sheridan. (kas, )

Nov. 19, 2015

Nov. 19, 2015

PACER

Set/Reset Motion and R&R Deadlines/Hearings

Nov. 19, 2015

Nov. 19, 2015

PACER
5

Letter from Plaintiffs re 3 MOTION to Certify Class . (DUDDY, FLETCHER) (Entered: 11/30/2015)

Nov. 30, 2015

Nov. 30, 2015

PACER
6

NOTICE of Appearance by DANIELLE ABOUZEID on behalf of Defendant MIDDLESEX COUNTY (ABOUZEID, DANIELLE) Modified on 12/3/2015 (dm). (Entered: 12/02/2015)

Dec. 2, 2015

Dec. 2, 2015

PACER
7

Letter from Danielle Abouzeid. (ABOUZEID, DANIELLE) (Entered: 12/02/2015)

Dec. 2, 2015

Dec. 2, 2015

PACER
8

NOTICE of Appearance by LORI A. DVORAK on behalf of MIDDLESEX COUNTY (DVORAK, LORI) (Entered: 12/02/2015)

Dec. 2, 2015

Dec. 2, 2015

PACER
9

Letter from Danielle Abouzeid. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit)(ABOUZEID, DANIELLE) (Entered: 12/02/2015)

1 Exhibit

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Dec. 2, 2015

Dec. 2, 2015

PACER
10

LETTER ORDER Granting Defense Counsel's request for a fourteen (14) day extension of the deadline to file Answer by 12/17/2015 and the motion is made returnable on 1/4/2016. Signed by Judge Peter G. Sheridan on 12/3/2015. (km) (Entered: 12/04/2015)

Dec. 3, 2015

Dec. 3, 2015

PACER

ORAL ARGUMENT REQUIRED for the 3 MOTION to Certify Class . Motion RESET for 1/4/2016 01:30 PM in Trenton - Courtroom 4E before Judge Peter G. Sheridan. (km)

Dec. 3, 2015

Dec. 3, 2015

PACER

Set/Reset Motion and R&R Deadlines/Hearings

Dec. 3, 2015

Dec. 3, 2015

PACER
11

ANSWER to Complaint with JURY DEMAND by MIDDLESEX COUNTY.(DVORAK, LORI) (Entered: 12/17/2015)

Dec. 17, 2015

Dec. 17, 2015

PACER
12

Corporate Disclosure Statement by MIDDLESEX COUNTY. (DVORAK, LORI) (Entered: 12/17/2015)

Dec. 17, 2015

Dec. 17, 2015

PACER
13

Letter re 3 MOTION to Certify Class . (DUDDY, FLETCHER) (Entered: 12/18/2015)

Dec. 18, 2015

Dec. 18, 2015

RECAP
14

Letter ORDER granting Plaintiff's request to withdraw their pending motion for class certification. Signed by Judge Peter G. Sheridan on 12/21/2015. (kas, ) (Entered: 01/04/2016)

Jan. 4, 2016

Jan. 4, 2016

RECAP
15

INITIAL SCHEDULING ORDER: Scheduling Conference set for 2/22/2016 03:00 PM in Trenton - Courtroom 6E before Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni. Signed by Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni on 1/5/2016. (km) (Entered: 01/05/2016)

Jan. 5, 2016

Jan. 5, 2016

PACER
16

NOTICE of Appearance by JEANNE LOCICERO on behalf of All Plaintiffs (LOCICERO, JEANNE) (Entered: 01/06/2016)

Jan. 6, 2016

Jan. 6, 2016

PACER
17

AMENDED DOCUMENT by HECTOR AMENGUAL, LUIS BORRERO, C-POD INMATES OF MIDDLESEX COUNTY ADULT CORRECTION CENTER, TERRENCE EDWARDS, DAMANI HARRIS, AZARIAH LAZAR, PATRICK O'DWYER, SEAN PERSHING, TYSON RATLIFF, JONATHAN RODRIGUEZ, neflk. Amendment to 16 Notice of Appearance . (LOCICERO, JEANNE) (Entered: 01/06/2016)

Jan. 6, 2016

Jan. 6, 2016

PACER
18

NOTICE of Appearance by ALEXANDER R. SHALOM on behalf of All Plaintiffs (SHALOM, ALEXANDER) (Entered: 01/06/2016)

Jan. 6, 2016

Jan. 6, 2016

PACER
19

Letter from Plaintiffs. (DUDDY, FLETCHER) (Entered: 02/18/2016)

Feb. 18, 2016

Feb. 18, 2016

PACER
20

TEXT ORDER: Initial Pretrial Conference set for 2/29/2016 at 11:00 AM in Trenton - Courtroom 6E before Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni. So Ordered by Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni on 2/22/2016. (eaj) (Entered: 02/22/2016)

Feb. 22, 2016

Feb. 22, 2016

PACER

Minute Entry for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni: Initial Pretrial Conference held on 2/29/2016. (mm)

Feb. 29, 2016

Feb. 29, 2016

PACER

Pretrial Conference - Initial

Feb. 29, 2016

Feb. 29, 2016

PACER
21

SCHEDULING ORDER: Telephone Conference set for 4/29/2016 10:00 AM and 8/16/2016 at 10:00 AM before Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni. Plaintiffs shall initiate the call; Amended Pleadings and Joinder of Parties due by 8/26/2016; Fact Discovery due by 2/28/2017. Signed by Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni on 3/1/2016. (kas, ) (Entered: 03/01/2016)

March 1, 2016

March 1, 2016

PACER
22

LETTER ORDER Rescheduling the Telephone Conference to 5/20/2016 at 10:30AM. Plaintiff to initiate the call. Signed by Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni on 4/28/2016. (km) (Entered: 04/28/2016)

April 28, 2016

April 28, 2016

PACER

Minute Entry for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni: Telephone Conference held on 5/20/2016. Plaintiff is to produce its preliminary expert report no later than 8/1/2016. (mm)

May 20, 2016

May 20, 2016

PACER

Telephone Conference

May 20, 2016

May 20, 2016

PACER
23

Discovery Confidentiality Order. Signed by Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni on 6/2/2016. (eaj) (Main Document 23 replaced on 6/3/2016) (eaj, ). (Entered: 06/03/2016)

June 3, 2016

June 3, 2016

PACER
24

LETTER ORDER Adjourning the 8/16/2016 Telephone Conference to 8/22/2016 at 11:30AM. Signed by Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni on 8/11/2016. (km) (Entered: 08/12/2016)

Aug. 12, 2016

Aug. 12, 2016

PACER
25

TEXT ORDER: No later than October 5, 2016, the parties shall provide the Court with a joint status update regarding settlement. In the interim, the parties shall proceed with discovery necessary to facilitate settlement. If the matter does not resolve, the schedule, including the deadline to amend the pleadings, shall be reset. So Ordered by Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni on 8/22/16. (NR) (Entered: 08/22/2016)

Aug. 22, 2016

Aug. 22, 2016

PACER

Minute Entry for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni: Telephone Conference held on 8/22/2016. (NR)

Aug. 22, 2016

Aug. 22, 2016

PACER

Telephone Conference

Aug. 22, 2016

Aug. 22, 2016

PACER
26

TEXT ORDER- The parties are to report back to the Court no later than 12/6/2016, with a written status update regarding settlement discussions. Ordered by Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni. (mm) (Entered: 10/06/2016)

Oct. 6, 2016

Oct. 6, 2016

PACER
27

TEXT ORDER - This shall confirm that an In-Person Status Conference is set for January 30, 2017 at 11:00 AM before Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni. Kindly mark your calendars accordingly. So Ordered by Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni. (mm) (Entered: 12/06/2016)

Dec. 6, 2016

Dec. 6, 2016

PACER
28

LETTER ORDER confirming that the In-Person Status Conference that was scheduled for 1/30/2017 is rescheduled to 2/16/2017 at 1:00 PM. Signed by Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni on 1/19/2017. (km) (Entered: 01/19/2017)

Jan. 19, 2017

Jan. 19, 2017

PACER

Minute Entry for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni: In-Person Status Conference held on 2/16/2017. Status Telephone Conference set for 5/24/2017 10:00 AM before Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni. Plaintiff is to initiate the call. (mm)

Feb. 16, 2017

Feb. 16, 2017

PACER

Status Conference

Feb. 16, 2017

Feb. 16, 2017

PACER

Minute Entry for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni: Telephone Conference held on 5/24/2017. (mm)

May 24, 2017

May 24, 2017

PACER

Telephone Conference

May 24, 2017

May 24, 2017

PACER
29

LETTER ORDER Staying Discovery. Defendant to provide Plaintiff and the Court with its preliminary response to Plaintiff's settlement proposal by 6/9/2017. A more detailed response and/or counterproposal due 7/21/2017. Telephone Conference set for 8/3/2017 at 3:00PM. Plaintiff, ACLU, to initiate the call. Signed by Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni on 5/24/2017. (km) Modified on 5/30/2017 (eaj, ). (Entered: 05/25/2017)

May 25, 2017

May 25, 2017

PACER
30

TEXT ORDER Please be advised that due to a court conflict, the telephone conference currently scheduled to take place on August 3, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. shall now take place on the same day, but at 1:00 p.m. It shall be plaintiffs' responsibility to contact all counsel to set up the conference as, well as, to initiate the call. Kindly mark your calendars accordingly. So Ordered by Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni.(mm) (Entered: 06/16/2017)

June 16, 2017

June 16, 2017

PACER
31

LETTER ORDER rescheduling the 8/3/2017 Telephone Conference to 8/8/2017 at 3:30PM. Signed by Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni on 7/21/2017. (km) (Entered: 07/24/2017)

July 21, 2017

July 21, 2017

PACER

Minute Entry for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni: Telephone Conference held on 8/8/2017. The exchange of settlement proposals shall continue; Status Telephone Conference to discuss the status of settlement shall be conducted on 10/10/2017 10:30 AM before Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni. Plaintiff is to initiate the call. (mm)

Aug. 8, 2017

Aug. 8, 2017

PACER

Telephone Conference

Aug. 8, 2017

Aug. 8, 2017

PACER
32

TEXT ORDER - Telephone Conference set for October 10, 2017, is hereby RESCHEDULED to October 11, 2017 at 11:00 AM before Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni. It shall be plaintiffs' responsibility to contact all counsel to set up the conference, as well as, to initiate the call. Kindly mark your calendars accordingly. So Ordered by Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni. (mm) (Entered: 09/13/2017)

Sept. 13, 2017

Sept. 13, 2017

PACER

Telephone Conference

Oct. 11, 2017

Oct. 11, 2017

PACER

Minute Entry for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni: Telephone Conference held on 10/11/2017. The parties are to report back to the Court electronically to tjb_orders@njd.uscourts.gov no later than 11/17/2017, with a written status update regarding settlement discussions. (mm)

Oct. 11, 2017

Oct. 11, 2017

PACER
33

LETTER ORDER that a Telephone Conference is set for 1/24/2018 at 10:00AM. Plaintiff to initiate the call. Signed by Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni on 11/21/2017. (km) (Entered: 11/21/2017)

Nov. 21, 2017

Nov. 21, 2017

PACER
34

TEXT ORDER: Due to a court conflict, the telephone conference set for January 24, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. is reset for January 24, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Plaintiff remains responsible for initiating the conference. So Ordered by Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni.(mm) (Entered: 01/18/2018)

Jan. 18, 2018

Jan. 18, 2018

PACER

Telephone Conference

Jan. 24, 2018

Jan. 24, 2018

PACER

Text Minute Entry for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni: Telephone Conference held on 1/24/2018. The parties are to report back to the Court electronically to tjb_orders@njd.uscourts.gov no later than 2/9/2018, with a written status update regarding settlement discussions. (mm)

Jan. 24, 2018

Jan. 24, 2018

PACER
35

TEXT ORDER: The parties are to report back to the Court electronically to tjb_orders@njd.uscourts.gov no later than 3/23/2018 with a written status update regarding settlement discussions. So Ordered by Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni.(mm) (Entered: 02/13/2018)

Feb. 13, 2018

Feb. 13, 2018

PACER
36

TEXT ORDER: The parties are to report back to the Court electronically to tjb_orders@njd.uscourts.gov no later than 6/6/2018 with a written status update regarding settlement discussions. So Ordered by Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni. (mm) (Entered: 05/03/2018)

May 3, 2018

May 3, 2018

PACER
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LETTER ORDER Scheduling a telephone conference for 6/19/2018 at 3:00PM. Plaintiff to initiate the call. Signed by Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni on 6/14/2018. (km) (Entered: 06/15/2018)

June 15, 2018

June 15, 2018

PACER

Telephone Conference

June 19, 2018

June 19, 2018

PACER

Text Minute Entry for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni: Telephone Conference held on 6/19/2018. Settlement Conference via telephone with only Plaintiff Tyson Ratliff, and his attorney set for 7/10/2018 11:00 AM before Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni. (mm)

June 19, 2018

June 19, 2018

PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by TESS MEILING BORDEN on behalf of All Plaintiffs (BORDEN, TESS) (Entered: 06/28/2018)

June 28, 2018

June 28, 2018

PACER

Text Minute Entry for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni: Telephone Conference held on 7/10/2018. (mm)

July 10, 2018

July 10, 2018

PACER

Telephone Conference

July 10, 2018

July 10, 2018

PACER
39

LETTER ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE Show Cause Hearing set for 7/26/2018 10:30 AM in Trenton - Courtroom 6E before Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni. Show Cause Response due by 7/24/2018. Signed by Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni on 7/12/2018. (km) (Entered: 07/13/2018)

July 12, 2018

July 12, 2018

PACER
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Minute Entry for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni: Show Cause Hearing held on 7/26/2018. Tyson Ratliff, plaintiff failed to appear. Report and Recommendation to be entered. (Digitally Recorded) (mm) (Entered: 07/27/2018)

July 26, 2018

July 26, 2018

PACER
41

Transcript of HEARING held on 7/26/2018, before Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni. Transcriber- Transcripts Plus, Inc. (215-862-1115). NOTICE REGARDING (1) REDACTION OF PERSONAL IDENTIFIERS IN TRANSCRIPTS AND (2) MOTION TO REDACT AND SEAL: The parties have seven (7) calendar days to file with the Court a Notice of Intent to Request Redaction of this Transcript to comply with Fed.R.Civ.P.5.2(a) (personal identifiers). Parties seeking to redact and seal this Transcript, or portions thereof, pursuant to L.Civ.R. 5.3(g) must e-file a Motion to Redact and Seal utilizing the event `Redact and Seal Transcript/Digital Recording`. Redaction Request to Transcription Agency due, but not filed, by 8/20/2018. Redacted Transcript Deadline set for 8/30/2018. Release of Transcript Restriction set for 10/29/2018. (kas, ) (Entered: 07/30/2018)

July 30, 2018

July 30, 2018

PACER
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REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION. It is RECOMMENDED that Ratliff's claims be DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE; that defense counsel send a copy of this Report & Recommendation to Ratliff via both text message to Ratliff's known cell phone number and via regular mail to Ratliffs last known mailing address immediately upon counsels receipt of same. Objections, if any, to R&R due 14 days after being served with a copy of this Report and Recommendation. Signed by Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni on 7/31/2018. (mmh) (Entered: 07/31/2018)

July 31, 2018

July 31, 2018

Clearinghouse
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LETTER ORDER amending the 42 Report and Recommendation instructing Plaintiffs' counsel to send a copy of the Report and Recommendation to Plaintiff. Signed by Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni on 8/1/2018. (mmh) (Entered: 08/01/2018)

Aug. 1, 2018

Aug. 1, 2018

PACER
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Letter from Plaintiffs' Counsel re 43 Order. (DUDDY, FLETCHER) (Entered: 08/06/2018)

Aug. 6, 2018

Aug. 6, 2018

PACER
45

ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS for 42 Report and Recommendations. Signed by Judge Peter G. Sheridan on 8/22/2018. (km) (Entered: 08/22/2018)

Aug. 22, 2018

Aug. 22, 2018

RECAP
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Order Administratively Terminating Action - 60 Day, Pending Consummation of Settlement. Administrative Termination deadline set for 12/24/2018. Signed by Judge Peter G. Sheridan on 10/24/2018. (dh, ) (Entered: 10/24/2018)

Oct. 24, 2018

Oct. 24, 2018

PACER
47

STIPULATION of Dismissal with Prejudice as to Defendant, Middlesex County by MIDDLESEX COUNTY. (ABOUZEID, DANIELLE) (Entered: 10/25/2018)

Oct. 25, 2018

Oct. 25, 2018

PACER

Case Details

State / Territory: New Jersey

Case Type(s):

Prison Conditions

Special Collection(s):

Post-PLRA Jail and Prison Private Settlement Agreements

Solitary confinement

Multi-LexSum (in sample)

Key Dates

Filing Date: Nov. 5, 2015

Case Ongoing: Yes

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Pretrial detainees housed in solitary confinement in Middlesex County Jails.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

ACLU Affiliates (any)

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Mooted before ruling

Defendants

Middlesex County (Middlesex), County

Defendant Type(s):

Corrections

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201

Constitutional Clause(s):

Due Process

Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Attorneys fees

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Private Settlement Agreement

Amount Defendant Pays: 11,123

Order Duration: 2018 - 2020

Content of Injunction:

Reporting

Issues

General:

Access to lawyers or judicial system

Classification / placement

Conditions of confinement

Disciplinary segregation

Law library access

Recreation / Exercise

Solitary confinement/Supermax (conditions or process)

Suicide prevention

Type of Facility:

Government-run