Case: Williams v. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

4:21-cv-09586 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Filed Date: Dec. 10, 2021

Case Ongoing

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Case Summary

This is a case challenging a raid against approximately 200 black incarcerated people at the Correctional Training Facility, as well as the policies and practices by which incarcerated persons in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) are “validated” as suspects, associates, or members of Security Threat Groups.    On December 13, 2021, two incarcerated individuals filed this putative class-action lawsuit on behalf of themselves and similarly situated Black incarcera…

This is a case challenging a raid against approximately 200 black incarcerated people at the Correctional Training Facility, as well as the policies and practices by which incarcerated persons in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) are “validated” as suspects, associates, or members of Security Threat Groups.   

On December 13, 2021, two incarcerated individuals filed this putative class-action lawsuit on behalf of themselves and similarly situated Black incarcerated people who were subjected to a raid on July 20, 2020, at the Correctional Training Facility, and a subclass who received a source item (alleged evidence of Security Threat Group involvement) or were Security Threat Group validated as a result of or after the raid. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiffs sued the CDCR and various individual employees, bringing claims under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. Section 1983, and state law alleging race discrimination, violations of equal protection and free speech, unreasonable search and seizure, battery, negligence, and retaliation.  The claims stem from the July 20, 2020 raid, during which they were allegedly beaten, handcuffed, and questioned about their involvement in Black liberation movements, and after which more than 50 individuals were validated as affiliated with Security Threat Groups.  

Represented by private counsel, the plaintiffs sought a declaratory judgment, injunctive relief, compensatory and punitive damages, and attorneys fees and costs. The case was assigned to Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler and then reassigned to Judge Jon Tigar.

As of May 26, 2022, this case is ongoing. 

 

 

 

Summary Authors

Michelle Landry (5/25/2022)

People

For PACER's information on parties and their attorneys, see: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/61611056/parties/williams-v-california-department-of-corrections-and-rehabilitation/

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document
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4:21-cv-09586

Complaint for Damages and Declaratory and Injunctive Relief

Dec. 13, 2021

Dec. 13, 2021

Complaint

Resources

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/61611056/williams-v-california-department-of-corrections-and-rehabilitation/

Last updated May 25, 2022, 2:39 p.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
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COMPLAINT for Damages and Declaratory and Injunctive Relief against Kathleen Allison, Blake Barron, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Craig Koenig, J.G. Lopez, Derrick Marion, Y. Martinez, Keith Mensing, H. Vera, A. Villalobos ( Filing fee $ 402, receipt number ACANDC-16710993.). Filed by Dimario Pickford, Talib Williams. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet) (Orthwein, Jennifer) (Filed on 12/10/2021) Modified on 12/13/2021 (kmg, COURT STAFF) (Entered: 12/10/2021)

Dec. 10, 2021

Dec. 10, 2021

PACER
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Case assigned to Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler. Counsel for plaintiff or the removing party is responsible for serving the Complaint or Notice of Removal, Summons and the assigned judge's standing orders and all other new case documents upon the opposing parties. For information, visit E-Filing A New Civil Case at http://cand.uscourts.gov/ecf/caseopening.Standing orders can be downloaded from the court's web page at www.cand.uscourts.gov/judges. Upon receipt, the summons will be issued and returned electronically. Counsel is required to send chambers a copy of the initiating documents pursuant to L.R. 5-1(e)(7). A scheduling order will be sent by Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) within two business days. Consent/Declination due by 12/27/2021. (as, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 12/13/2021) (Entered: 12/13/2021)

Dec. 13, 2021

Dec. 13, 2021

PACER
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ERRATA re 1 Complaint, by Dimario Pickford, Talib Williams. (Attachments: # 1 Errata Amended Complaint for Damages and Declaratory and Injunctive Relief)(Orthwein, Jennifer) (Filed on 12/13/2021) (Entered: 12/13/2021)

Dec. 13, 2021

Dec. 13, 2021

Clearinghouse
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Proposed Summons. (Orthwein, Jennifer) (Filed on 12/13/2021) (Entered: 12/13/2021)

Dec. 13, 2021

Dec. 13, 2021

PACER

~Util - Case Assigned by Intake

Dec. 13, 2021

Dec. 13, 2021

PACER
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*** ***FILED IN ERROR*** See DKT 6 *** Summons Issued as to Kathleen Allison, Blake Barron, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Craig Koenig, J.G. Lopez, Derrick Marion, Y. Martinez, Keith Mensing, H. Vera, A. Villalobos. (kmg, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 12/14/2021) Modified on 12/14/2021 (kmg, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 12/14/2021)

Dec. 14, 2021

Dec. 14, 2021

PACER
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Summons Issued as to Kathleen Allison, Blake Barron, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Craig Koenig, J.G. Lopez, Derrick Marion, Y. Martinez, Keith Mensing, H. Vera, A. Villalobos. (kmg, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 12/14/2021) (Entered: 12/14/2021)

Dec. 14, 2021

Dec. 14, 2021

PACER
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CONSENT/DECLINATION to Proceed Before a US Magistrate Judge by Dimario Pickford, Talib Williams.. (Orthwein, Jennifer) (Filed on 12/22/2021) (Entered: 12/22/2021)

Dec. 22, 2021

Dec. 22, 2021

PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Alan Sunmin Yee Dan Siegel (Yee, Alan) (Filed on 12/25/2021) (Entered: 12/25/2021)

Dec. 25, 2021

Dec. 25, 2021

PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Anne Butterfield Weills (Weills, Anne) (Filed on 1/11/2022) (Entered: 01/11/2022)

Jan. 11, 2022

Jan. 11, 2022

PACER
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ADMINISTRATIVE MOTION Relate Cases filed by Milton William. Responses due by 1/18/2022. (Pavone, Benjamin) (Filed on 1/12/2022) (Entered: 01/12/2022)

Jan. 12, 2022

Jan. 12, 2022

PACER
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RESPONSE re 10 ADMINISTRATIVE MOTION Relate Cases by Dimario Pickford, Talib Williams. (Orthwein, Jennifer) (Filed on 1/18/2022) (Entered: 01/18/2022)

Jan. 18, 2022

Jan. 18, 2022

PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Daniel Mark Siegel (Siegel, Daniel) (Filed on 1/21/2022) (Entered: 01/21/2022)

Jan. 21, 2022

Jan. 21, 2022

PACER
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Order terminating 10 Administrative Motion entered by Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler.This is not the low-numbered case. The court thus terminates the pending motion and reminds the parties that the response to the motion must be filed in the low-numbered case. (This is a text-only entry generated by the court. There is no document associated with this entry.) (Entered: 01/24/2022)

Jan. 24, 2022

Jan. 24, 2022

PACER
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Letter from William Milton, et al. Order Terminating Administrative Motion. (Pavone, Benjamin) (Filed on 1/25/2022) (Entered: 01/25/2022)

Jan. 25, 2022

Jan. 25, 2022

PACER
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ORDER RELATING CASES. Motions terminated: (12 in 4:21-cv-08545-JST) ADMINISTRATIVE MOTION Relate Cases filed by William Milton. Signed by Judge Jon S. Tigar on January 25, 2022. (mll, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/25/2022) (Entered: 01/25/2022)

Jan. 25, 2022

Jan. 25, 2022

PACER
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CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Dimario Pickford, Talib Williams re 6 Summons Issued On California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (Orthwein, Jennifer) (Filed on 1/25/2022) (Entered: 01/25/2022)

Jan. 25, 2022

Jan. 25, 2022

PACER
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CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Dimario Pickford, Talib Williams re 6 Summons Issued On Derrick Marion (Orthwein, Jennifer) (Filed on 1/25/2022) (Entered: 01/25/2022)

Jan. 25, 2022

Jan. 25, 2022

PACER
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CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Dimario Pickford, Talib Williams re 6 Summons Issued On Kathleen Allison (Orthwein, Jennifer) (Filed on 1/25/2022) (Entered: 01/25/2022)

Jan. 25, 2022

Jan. 25, 2022

PACER
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CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Dimario Pickford, Talib Williams re 6 Summons Issued On A. Villalobos (Orthwein, Jennifer) (Filed on 1/25/2022) (Entered: 01/25/2022)

Jan. 25, 2022

Jan. 25, 2022

PACER
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CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Dimario Pickford, Talib Williams re 6 Summons Issued On Blake Barron (Orthwein, Jennifer) (Filed on 1/25/2022) (Entered: 01/25/2022)

Jan. 25, 2022

Jan. 25, 2022

PACER
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CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Dimario Pickford, Talib Williams re 6 Summons Issued On Craig Koenig (Orthwein, Jennifer) (Filed on 1/25/2022) (Entered: 01/25/2022)

Jan. 25, 2022

Jan. 25, 2022

PACER
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CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Dimario Pickford, Talib Williams re 6 Summons Issued H. Vera (Orthwein, Jennifer) (Filed on 1/25/2022) (Entered: 01/25/2022)

Jan. 25, 2022

Jan. 25, 2022

PACER
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CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Dimario Pickford, Talib Williams re 6 Summons Issued On J.G. Lopez (Orthwein, Jennifer) (Filed on 1/25/2022) (Entered: 01/25/2022)

Jan. 25, 2022

Jan. 25, 2022

PACER
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CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Dimario Pickford, Talib Williams re 6 Summons Issued On Keith Mensing (Orthwein, Jennifer) (Filed on 1/25/2022) (Entered: 01/25/2022)

Jan. 25, 2022

Jan. 25, 2022

PACER
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CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Dimario Pickford, Talib Williams re 6 Summons Issued On Y. Martinez (Orthwein, Jennifer) (Filed on 1/25/2022) (Entered: 01/25/2022)

Jan. 25, 2022

Jan. 25, 2022

PACER

Order on Administrative Motion per Civil Local Rule 7-11

Jan. 25, 2022

Jan. 25, 2022

PACER
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ORDER REASSIGNING CASE. Case reassigned to Judge Jon S. Tigar for all further proceedings. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler no longer assigned to case. Signed by the Clerk on 1/26/2022. (anj, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/26/2022) (Entered: 01/26/2022)

Jan. 26, 2022

Jan. 26, 2022

PACER
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First MOTION for Extension of Time to File Responsive Pleading filed by Kathleen Allison, Blake Barron, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Craig Koenig, J.G. Lopez, Derrick Marion, Y. Martinez, Keith Mensing, H. Vera, A. Villalobos. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Nasstaran Ruhparwar, # 2 Exhibit A-C to Declaration of Nasstaran Ruhparwar, # 3 Proposed Order)(Ruhparwar, Nasstaran) (Filed on 1/26/2022) (Entered: 01/26/2022)

Jan. 26, 2022

Jan. 26, 2022

PACER
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STIPULATION Joint Stipulation to Establish Responsive Pleading Schedule filed by Kathleen Allison, Blake Barron, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Craig Koenig, J.G. Lopez, Derrick Marion, Y. Martinez, Keith Mensing, H. Vera, A. Villalobos. (Ruhparwar, Nasstaran) (Filed on 2/1/2022) (Entered: 02/01/2022)

Feb. 1, 2022

Feb. 1, 2022

PACER
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Proposed Order re 28 Stipulation, by Kathleen Allison, Blake Barron, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Craig Koenig, J.G. Lopez, Derrick Marion, Y. Martinez, Keith Mensing, H. Vera, A. Villalobos. (Ruhparwar, Nasstaran) (Filed on 2/1/2022) (Entered: 02/01/2022)

Feb. 1, 2022

Feb. 1, 2022

PACER
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Notice of Withdrawal of Motion to Extend Deadlines to File Responsive Pleading (ECF No. 27) (Ruhparwar, Nasstaran) (Filed on 2/1/2022) (Entered: 02/01/2022)

Feb. 1, 2022

Feb. 1, 2022

PACER
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ORDER GRANTING JOINT STIPULATION TO ESTABLISH RESPONSIVE PLEADING SCHEDULE re 28 Stipulation, filed by Derrick Marion, H. Vera, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, J.G. Lopez, Blake Barron, Keith Mensing, A. Villalobos, Kathleen Allison, Craig Koenig, Y. Martinez, Set/Reset Deadlines as to 28 Stipulation. Motions due by 4/26/2022. Responses due by 6/10/2022. Replies due by 7/11/2022. Motion Hearing set for 8/10/2022 02:00 PM in Oakland, - Videoconference Only before Judge Jon S. Tigar. This proceeding will be held via a Zoom webinar.Webinar Access: All counsel, members of the public, and media may access the webinar information at https://www.cand.uscourts.gov/jst Court Appearances: Advanced notice is required of counsel or parties who wish to be identified by the court as making an appearance or will be participating in the argument at the hearing. One list of names of all counsel appearing for all parties must be sent in one email to the CRD at JSTCRD@cand.uscourts.gov no later than August 9, 2022 by 2:00 p.m.General Order 58. Persons granted access to court proceedings held by telephone or videoconference are reminded that photographing, recording, and rebroadcasting of court proceedings, including screenshots or other visual copying of a hearing, is absolutely prohibited.Zoom Guidance and Setup: https://www.cand.uscourts.gov/zoom/. Motions due by 4/26/2022. Responses due by 6/10/2022. Replies due by 7/11/2022. Motion Hearing set for 8/10/2022 02:00 PM in Oakland, - Videocon ference Only before Judge Jon S. Tigar.. Signed by Judge Jon S. Tigar on February 2, 2022. (mll, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 2/2/2022) (Entered: 02/02/2022)

Feb. 2, 2022

Feb. 2, 2022

PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Mackenzie Halter on behalf of Plaintiffs (Halter, Mackenzie) (Filed on 2/14/2022) (Entered: 02/14/2022)

Feb. 14, 2022

Feb. 14, 2022

PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Ashley Carter on behalf of Plaintiffs (Carter, Ashley) (Filed on 2/14/2022) (Entered: 02/14/2022)

Feb. 14, 2022

Feb. 14, 2022

PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Felicia Maria Medina on behalf of Plaintiffs (Medina, Felicia) (Filed on 2/14/2022) (Entered: 02/14/2022)

Feb. 14, 2022

Feb. 14, 2022

PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Shauna R Madison on behalf of Plaintiffs (Madison, Shauna) (Filed on 2/14/2022) (Entered: 02/14/2022)

Feb. 14, 2022

Feb. 14, 2022

PACER
36

CLERK'S NOTICE CONTINUING MOTION HEARING. (This is a text-only entry generated by the court. There is no document associated with this entry.),. The motion hearing set for 8/10/2022 is CONTINUED. Motion Hearing set for 8/11/2022 02:00 PM in Oakland, - Videoconference Only before Judge Jon S. Tigar. This proceeding will be held via a Zoom webinar.Webinar Access: All counsel, members of the public, and media may access the webinar information at https://www.cand.uscourts.gov/jst Court Appearances: Advanced notice is required of counsel or parties who wish to be identified by the court as making an appearance or will be participat ing in the argument at the hearing. One list of names of all counsel appearing for all parties must be sent in one email to the CRD at JSTCRD@cand.uscourts.gov no later than August 10, 2022 by 2:00 p.m.General Order 58. Persons granted access to court proceedings held by telephone or videoconference are reminded that photographing, recording, and rebroadcasting of court proceedings, including screenshots or other visual copying of a hearing, is absolutely prohibited.Zoom Guidance and Setup: https://www.cand.uscourts.gov/zoom/. Motion Hearing set for 8/11/2022 02:00 PM in Oakland, - Videoconference Only before Judge Jon S. Tigar. (mll, CO URT STAFF) (Filed on 4/12/2022) (Entered: 04/12/2022)

April 12, 2022

April 12, 2022

PACER

~Util - Teleconference Zoom AND Clerk's Notice

April 12, 2022

April 12, 2022

PACER
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JOINT STIPULATION TO AMEND RESPONSIVE PLEADING SCHEDULE filed by Kathleen Allison, Blake Barron, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Craig Koenig, J.G. Lopez, Derrick Marion, Y. Martinez, Keith Mensing, H. Vera, A. Villalobos. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(Ruhparwar, Nasstaran) (Filed on 4/26/2022) Modified on 4/27/2022 (kmg, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 04/26/2022)

April 26, 2022

April 26, 2022

PACER
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Order by Judge Jon S. Tigar granting 37 Stipulation to Amend Responsive Pleading Schedule. Replies due by 6/24/2022. Responses due by 5/10/2022.(mll, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 4/27/2022) (Entered: 04/27/2022)

April 27, 2022

April 27, 2022

PACER
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NOTICE of Substitution of Counsel by Robert Wayne Henkels (Henkels, Robert) (Filed on 5/5/2022) (Entered: 05/05/2022)

May 5, 2022

May 5, 2022

PACER
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STIPULATION WITH PROPOSED ORDER / Joint Stipulation to Amend Responsive Pleading Schedule filed by Kathleen Allison, Blake Barron, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Craig Koenig, J.G. Lopez, Derrick Marion, Y. Martinez, Keith Mensing, H. Vera, A. Villalobos. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(Henkels, Robert) (Filed on 5/9/2022) (Entered: 05/09/2022)

May 9, 2022

May 9, 2022

PACER
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ADMINISTRATIVE MOTION to Relate Vargas to Milton filed by Milton William. Responses due by 5/16/2022. (Pavone, Benjamin) (Filed on 5/11/2022) (Entered: 05/11/2022)

May 11, 2022

May 11, 2022

PACER
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AMENDED PROOF OF SERVICE FOR ADMINISTRATIVE MOTION TO RELATE VARGAS TO MILTON re 41 (Amended Proof of Service) filed by Milton William. Responses due by 5/16/2022. (Pavone, Benjamin) (Filed on 5/12/2022) Modified on 5/12/2022 (kmg, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 05/12/2022)

May 12, 2022

May 12, 2022

PACER
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ORDER GRANTING JOINT STIPULATION TO AMEND RESPONSIVE PLEADING SCHEDULE by Judge Jon S. Tigar granting 40 Stipulation. Motions due by 6/9/2022. Replies due by 8/10/2022. Responses due by 7/25/2022. Motion Hearing set for 10/20/2022 02:00 PM in Oakland, - Videoconference Only before Judge Jon S. Tigar.(mll, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 5/12/2022) (Entered: 05/12/2022)

May 12, 2022

May 12, 2022

PACER

Case Details

State / Territory: California

Case Type(s):

Prison Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: Dec. 10, 2021

Case Ongoing: Yes

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Two Black incarcerated individuals, on behalf of themselves and similarly situated Black incarcerated people who were subjected to a raid at the California Training Facility, and a putative subclass who received a source item or were Security Threat Group classified as a result of or after the Raid.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Pending

Defendants

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (California), State

Defendant Type(s):

Corrections

Jurisdiction-wide

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

State law

Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq.

Ex parte Young (federal or state officials)

Constitutional Clause(s):

Equal Protection

Freedom of speech/association

Unreasonable search and seizure

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Outcome

Prevailing Party: None Yet / None

Nature of Relief:

None yet

Source of Relief:

None yet

Content of Injunction:

Develop anti-discrimination policy

Discrimination Prohibition

Retaliation Prohibition

Issues

General:

Classification / placement

Conditions of confinement

Confinement/isolation

Disciplinary segregation

Disparate Impact

Disparate Treatment

Excessive force

Loss or damage to property

Personal injury

Retaliation

Discrimination-area:

Discipline

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination

Race:

Black

Type of Facility:

Government-run