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Case Name Blake v. Carr PC-TX-0026
Docket / Court 4:20-cv-807-P ( N.D. Tex. )
Additional Docket(s) 4:20-CV-852-P  [ 20-853 ]  Northern District of TX (U.S.)
4:20-CV-854-P  [ 20-854 ]  Northern District of TX (U.S.)
4:20-CV-856-P  [ 20-856 ]  Northern District of TX (U.S.)
4:20-CV-858-P  [ 20-858 ]  Northern District of TX (U.S.)
4:20-CV-871-P  [ 20-871 ]  Northern District of TX (U.S.)
4:20-CV-873-P  [ 20-873 ]  Northern District of TX (U.S.)
4:20-CV-879-P  [ 20-879 ]  Northern District of TX (U.S.)
4:20-CV-880-P  [ 20-880 ]  Northern District of TX (U.S.)
4:20-CV-881-P  [ 20-881 ]  Northern District of TX (U.S.)
4:20-CV-882-P  [ 20-882 ]  Northern District of TX (U.S.)
4:20-CV-885-P  [ 20-885 ]  Northern District of TX (U.S.)
4:20-CV-890-P  [ 20-890 ]  Northern District of TX (U.S.)
4:20-CV-891-P  [ 20-891 ]  Northern District of TX (U.S.)
4:20-CV-898-P  [ 20-898 ]  Northern District of TX (U.S.)
4:20-CV-901-P  [ 20-901 ]  Northern District of TX (U.S.)
4:20-CV-902-P  [ 20-902 ]  Northern District of TX (U.S.)
4:20-CV-905-P  [ 20-905 ]  Northern District of TX (U.S.)
4:20-CV-907-P  [ 20-907 ]  Northern District of TX (U.S.)
4:20-CV-908-P  [ 20-908 ]  Northern District of TX (U.S.)
4:20-CV-909-P  [ 20-909 ]  Northern District of TX (U.S.)
4:20-CV-910-P  [ 20-910 ]  Northern District of TX (U.S.)
4:20-CV-911-P  [ 20-911 ]  Northern District of TX (U.S.)
4:20-CV-913-P  [ 20-913 ]  Northern District of TX (U.S.)
4:20-CV-916-P  [ 20-916 ]  Northern District of TX (U.S.)
4:20-CV-918-P  [ 20-918 ]  Northern District of TX (U.S.)
4:20-CV-919-P  [ 20-919 ]  Northern District of TX (U.S.)
4:20-CV-920-P  [ 20-920 ]  Northern District of TX (U.S.)
4:20-CV-1000-P  [ 20-1000 ]  Northern District of TX (U.S.)
4:20-CV-1044-P  [ 20-1044 ]  Northern District of TX (U.S.)
4:20-CV-1045-P  [ 20-1045 ]  Northern District of TX (U.S.)
4:20-CV-1052-P  [ 20-1052 ]  Northern District of TX (U.S.)
4:20-CV-1081-P  [ 20-1081 ]  Northern District of TX (U.S.)
4:20-CV-1095-P  [ 20-1095 ]  Northern District of TX (U.S.)
4:20-CV-1096-P  [ 20-1096 ]  Northern District of TX (U.S.)
4:20-CV-1120-P  [ 20-1120 ]  Northern District of TX (U.S.)
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Prison Conditions
Special Collection COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
Case Summary
This case concerns the conditions of confinement at the Federal Medical Center, Carswell (hereafter FMC-Carswell), a women’s prison in Fort Worth, Texas. The original plaintiffs included over seventy prisoners who alleged systemic failure to implement proper COVID-19 protocols, unjustified denial ... read more >
This case concerns the conditions of confinement at the Federal Medical Center, Carswell (hereafter FMC-Carswell), a women’s prison in Fort Worth, Texas. The original plaintiffs included over seventy prisoners who alleged systemic failure to implement proper COVID-19 protocols, unjustified denial of medical care and hygiene products; low-quality food, and emotional abuse by prison staff. These 70+ plaintiffs filed their complaint on August 3, 2020, in the U.S District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division, without counsel, seeking both injunctive relief and damages. The plaintiffs asserted that the prison’s conditions amounted to “deliberate indifference” and “wanton infliction of pain” in violation of the Eighth Amendment’s bar against cruel and unusual punishment. The case was assigned to Judge Mark Pittman.

The plaintiffs sought to bring this suit as a class action. But on August 11, 2020, the Court denied class certification, and then severed the case into seventy different cases, each with its own plaintiff. Many of them decided to proceed in those individual cases, filing motions seeking release. On December 22, 2020, the Court construed these as motions for compassionate release, and denied them all, stating that only the sentencing court had appropriate jurisdiction to release. This judgment, entered in 30+ individual cases, explicitly did not decide the plaintiffs’ other claims for monetary and other relief. In the same order, the Court appointed counsel from a private firm as well as the Texas A&M School of Law Civil Clinic, and instructed the appointed attorneys to consider consolidating the remaining plaintiffs' cases, and filing an amended complaint.

On April 23, 2021, counsel duly filed a motion to consolidate 37 cases, and also asserted a new cause of action for discrimination on the basis of disability in violation of § 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 alongside the plaintiff’s original cause of action for unconstitutional conditions of confinement in violation of the Eighth Amendment.

No decision has yet been made on the consolidation. This case is ongoing.

Eric Gripp - 06/04/2021


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
COVID-19
Mitigation Denied
Mitigation Requested
Release Denied
Release Requested
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Defendant-type
Corrections
Disability
disability, unspecified
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
General
Conditions of confinement
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Ex parte Young (federal or state officials)
Ex Parte Young (Federal) or Bivens
Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act), 29 U.S.C. § 701
Defendant(s) Federal Bureau of Prisons
Plaintiff Description Women prisoners at Federal Medical Center, Carswell in Fort Worth, TX.
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status outcome Denied
Filed Pro Se Yes
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filed 08/03/2020
Case Ongoing Yes
Court Docket(s)
N.D. Tex.
04/23/2021
4:20-cv-00807-P
PC-TX-0026-9000.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
N.D. Tex.
08/03/2020
Class Action Lawsuit Under Cruel and Unusual Punishment & Under Rule 23 and 23 (b)(2); In Violation of Eighth Amendment [ECF# 1]
PC-TX-0026-0001.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
N.D. Tex.
08/11/2020
Order [ECF# 7]
PC-TX-0026-0002.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
N.D. Tex.
09/25/2020
Prisoner's Civil Rights Complaint [ECF# 33]
PC-TX-0026-0003.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
N.D. Tex.
12/22/2020
Opinion and Order of Partial Dismissal Under 28 U.S.C. §§ 1915A & 1915(e)(2)(B) [ECF# 38] (2020 WL 7629242)
PC-TX-0026-0004.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
N.D. Tex.
12/22/2020
Final Judgment as to some Claims Under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 54(B) [ECF# 39]
PC-TX-0026-0005.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
N.D. Tex.
12/22/2020
Order Appointing/Naming Counsel for Plaintiffs and, Providing Time for Counsel to Review and Update Pleadings [ECF# 40]
PC-TX-0026-0006.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
N.D. Tex.
04/23/2021
Plaintiffs' Amended Motion to Consolidate [ECF# 47]
PC-TX-0026-0007.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Pittman, Mark Timothy (N.D. Tex.) show/hide docs
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Brown, Lindsey Marsh (Texas) show/hide docs
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Buffmire, Edwin M (Texas) show/hide docs
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Ceckowski, Lauren Kay (Texas) show/hide docs
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Garcia, Graciela (Texas) show/hide docs
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George, J Paul (Texas) show/hide docs
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Watler, Paul C (Texas) show/hide docs
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Wieser, Jay K (Texas) show/hide docs
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