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Case Name Hope v. Doll IM-PA-0017
Docket / Court 1:20-cv-00562 ( M.D. Pa. )
State/Territory Pennsylvania
Case Type(s) Immigration and/or the Border
Special Collection COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
Attorney Organization ACLU Affiliates (any)
Case Summary
COVID-19 Summary: This is a hybrid putative class action and habeas action filed by a group of medically vulnerable individuals being held in civil detention by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at York County Prison and Pike County Correctional Facility. The plaintiffs seek safety remedies ... read more >
COVID-19 Summary: This is a hybrid putative class action and habeas action filed by a group of medically vulnerable individuals being held in civil detention by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at York County Prison and Pike County Correctional Facility. The plaintiffs seek safety remedies and release from detention in light of COVID-19. The court granted the plaintiffs’ temporary restraining order on April 7, 2020. Defendants appealed. The Third Circuit vacated and remanded the decision for a temporary restraining order on August 25, 2020. The case is ongoing.


A group of 22 medically vulnerable plaintiffs in civil detention facing potential deportation filed a hybrid putative class action and habeas corpus proceeding in the United States District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania asking for release in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 3, 2020, represented by the ACLU of Pennsylvania and the law firm Dechert LLP, the plaintiffs asked for a temporary restraining order against the detention centers and their wardens, including Mr. Clair Doll in his official capacity as the warden of the York County Prison, Craig A. Lowe as Warden of Pike County Correctional Facility, Simona Flores-Lund as Field Office Director, Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Matthew Albence as Acting Director of ICE, and Chad Wolf as Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The plaintiffs based their request to the court on the defendants’ alleged failures to adequately protect high-risk detainees from contracting COVID-19. Since March 31, 2020, the conditions at the facilities had deteriorated, with cramped, overcrowded facilities hindering social distancing, increased numbers of positive COVID-19 test results, and the rising necessity of quarantining. They based their claim for relief on the similarities between this case and Thakker v. Doll (found here in the Clearinghouse), where the court found that the ICE detention centers could not provide adequately safe conditions for the detainees and thereby ordered their release.

On April 7, 2020, Judge John E. Jones III of the federal district court issued a temporary restraining order and granted the immediate release of the 22 plaintiffs. On April 10, the defendants’ Application to Stay all Proceedings Pending Appeal was denied.

The case was appealed to the the Third Circuit, which vacated and remanded the the decision for a temporary restraining order on August 25, 2020. See Hope v. Warden York Cty. Prison, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 26968. The case is ongoing.

Mary Novakovic - 10/07/2020


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Due Process: Procedural Due Process
Due Process: Substantive Due Process
Suspension Clause
Content of Injunction
Preliminary relief granted
COVID-19
Mitigation Granted
Mitigation Requested
Quarantine/isolation ordered
Release Granted
Release granted-group
Release granted-individual
Release Requested
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
General
Bathing and hygiene
Conditions of confinement
Habeas Corpus
Neglect by staff
Sanitation / living conditions
Totality of conditions
Immigration/Border
Detention - conditions
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Special Case Type
Habeas
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Habeas Corpus, 28 U.S.C. §§ 2241-2253; 2254; 2255
Defendant(s) Chad Wolf
Clair Doll
Craig A. Lowe
Matthew Albence
Simona Flores-Lunde
Plaintiff Description 22 medically-vulnerable civil detainees held in immigration detention
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Affiliates (any)
Class action status sought No
Class action status outcome Not sought
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Preliminary injunction / Temp. restraining order
Source of Relief Litigation
Filed 04/03/2020
Case Ongoing Yes
Case Listing IM-PA-0016 : Thakker v. Doll (M.D. Pa.)
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Court Docket(s)
M.D. Pa.
12/23/2020
1:20-cv-00562
IM-PA-0017-9000.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
M.D. Pa.
04/03/2020
Verified Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus and Complaint for Emergency Injunctive Relief [ECF# 1]
IM-PA-0017-0001.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
M.D. Pa.
04/07/2020
Memorandum and Order [ECF# 11] (2020 WL 5035725)
IM-PA-0017-0002.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
M.D. Pa.
04/08/2020
Petitioners' Opposition and Response to Respondents' Motion to Reconsider the Temporary Restraining Order [ECF# 15]
IM-PA-0017-0003.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
M.D. Pa.
04/10/2020
Order [ECF# 22]
IM-PA-0017-0004.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
not recorded
04/13/2020
Correspondence
IM-PA-0017-0005.pdf | Detail
U.S. Court of Appeals
04/15/2020
Opposition to Appellants' Motion to Stay [Ct. of App. ECF# 15-1]
IM-PA-0017-0008.pdf | Detail
Source: ACLU
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