Case: Augustine v. Washington Department of Corrections

19-20533734 | Washington state trial court

Filed Date: Oct. 29, 2019

Case Ongoing

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Case Summary

On October 29, 2019, former inmates of Clallam Bay Corrections Center (CCBC) filed this lawsuit in Washington State Superior Court for Thurston County. The plaintiffs sued the Washington Department of Corrections (WDOC), and top WDOC officials, including the WDOC’s secretary, WDOC’s assistant secretary of the Prisons division, the Superintendent of CCBC, and the Superintendent of Washington State Penitentiary. They claimed that their Washington State Constitutional rights had been violated. The…

On October 29, 2019, former inmates of Clallam Bay Corrections Center (CCBC) filed this lawsuit in Washington State Superior Court for Thurston County. The plaintiffs sued the Washington Department of Corrections (WDOC), and top WDOC officials, including the WDOC’s secretary, WDOC’s assistant secretary of the Prisons division, the Superintendent of CCBC, and the Superintendent of Washington State Penitentiary. They claimed that their Washington State Constitutional rights had been violated. The plaintiffs, represented by Columbia Legal Services, sought declaratory relief, injunctive relief, restitution for plaintiff’s injuries, and attorney’s fees.

The plaintiffs claimed that after initiating a food strike at CCBC on October 7, 2019, they were retaliated against in cruel fashion by WDOC. Specifically, they claimed that they were transferred to Washington State Penitentiary in retaliation and subjected to solitary confinement since October 9, 2019. The plaintiffs claimed this violates Washington State Constitutional rights of due process, equal protection, cruel punishment, and a duty to maintain health, safety and welfare. The plaintiffs amended their complaint on November 15, 2019. As of February 2020, this case is ongoing.

Summary Authors

Carter Powers Beggs (2/27/2020)

People


Judge(s)

Skinder, John C (Washington)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Allen, Nicholas B. (Washington)

Chung, Janet (California)

Grigg, Meredith Ellen (Washington)

Straley, Nicholas Broten (Washington)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Faber, Katherine (Washington)

Feulner, Timothy J. (Washington)

Judge(s)

Skinder, John C (Washington)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Allen, Nicholas B. (Washington)

Chung, Janet (California)

Grigg, Meredith Ellen (Washington)

Straley, Nicholas Broten (Washington)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Faber, Katherine (Washington)

Feulner, Timothy J. (Washington)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket

Feb. 25, 2020 Docket

Complaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief

Oct. 29, 2019 Complaint

Docket

Last updated May 11, 2022, 8 p.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

State / Territory: Washington

Case Type(s):

Prison Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: Oct. 29, 2019

Case Ongoing: Yes

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Inmates of Clallam Bay Correctional Center

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

Columbia Legal Services (formerly Evergreen)

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Washington Department of Corrections, State

Secretary of the Washington Department of Corrections, State

Assistant Secretary of Washington Department of Corrections, State

Superintendent of Clallam Bay Corrections Center, State

Superintendent of Washington State Penitentiary, State

Defendant Type(s):

Corrections

Case Details

Causes of Action:

State law

Constitutional Clause(s):

Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Due Process

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Outcome

Prevailing Party: None Yet / None

Nature of Relief:

None yet

Source of Relief:

None yet

Issues

General:

Solitary confinement/Supermax (conditions or process)

Type of Facility:

Government-run