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1 In the Matter of JPay, LLC
2021-CFPB-0006 (No Court)
Filed 10/19/2021 - Case Ongoing
JPay, LLC
JPay, LLC
Prison Conditions
Jail Conditions
PC-DC-0035
Miramar
Coding Complete
On October 19, 2021, after a review of their practices by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), JPay, LLC (a private company that provides financial services to prisons and jails) entered into a consent order with the CFPB. The consent order stated that JPay's marketing, provision, and servicing of prepaid cards given to former inmates ... [view]
2 Agnew v. New York City Department of Corrections
813431/2021E (State Court)
Filed 10/04/2021 - Case Ongoing
New York City Department of Correction
Jail Conditions
JC-NY-0084
New York City
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
3 ACLU v. Montgomery County
2:21-cv-02316 (E.D. Pa.)
Filed 05/20/2021 - Case Ongoing
Montgomery County
Jail Conditions
Speech and Religious Freedom
FA-PA-0018
Montgomery County
Coding Complete
This is a case about Montgomery County Correctional Facilities (MCCF) restricting access to clients, prospective clients, and witnesses, by the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (ACLU-PA). On May 20, 2021, ACLU-PA filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Eastern Pennsylvania. The ACLU-PA sued MCCF and Montgomery County. In ... [view]
4 Catchings v. Wilson
1:21-cv-00428-GLR (D. Md.)
Filed 02/20/2021 - Closed 2021
Warden
Chesapeake Detention Facility
Jail Conditions
JC-MD-0018
Baltimore City
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This class action lawsuit was filed on February 20, 2021 by detainees in the Chesapeake Detention Facility in Baltimore, Maryland, who sought extra protections from COVID-19 and, in some cases, release. The parties settled the case in April 2021.
This is a lawsuit challenging the Chesapeake Detention Facility's response to ... [view]
5 Chatman, et al. v. Otani
21-cv-00268 (D. Haw.)
Filed 2021 - Closed 2021
no defendants on record
Prison Conditions
Jail Conditions
PC-HI-0009
Coding In Process
This class action lawsuit, brought in 2021 by persons incarcerated or detained in Hawai'i correctional facilities, alleged that the conditions in the state's jails and prisons during the COVID-19 pandemic had contributed to multiple COVID-19 outbreaks and sought implementation of health and safety protocols. * [view]
6 CRIPA Investigation of San Luis Obispo County Jail
No Docket (No Court)
Filed 2021 - Case Ongoing
San Luis Obispo County
San Luis Obispo County
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0148
San Luis Obispo County
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
7 Weikert v. Elder
1:20-cv-03646 (D. Colo.)
Filed 12/13/2020 - Case Ongoing
Sheriff of El Paso County, Colorado
El Paso County Sheriff's Office
Jail Conditions
JC-CO-0012
El Paso County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This putative class action was filed on December 20, 2020 by a group of medically vulnerable detainees at the El Paso County Jail in Colorado, seeking reasonable COVID-19 safety measures. The Court granted a stipulated preliminary injunction on January 4, 2021.
This case is about the detainment conditions of individuals ... [view]
8 Lewis v. Dallas County Sheriff
DC-20-11810 (State Court)
Filed 08/24/2020 - Closed 2021
Dallas County Sheriff
Jail Conditions
JC-TX-0028
Dallas County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a case brought by a jailer working in the Suzanne Lee Kays Detention Facility of the Lew Sterrett Justice Center in Dallas, TX against the Dallas County Sheriff. The plaintiff filed this suit on behalf of himself and other Detention Service Officers (“DSOs”), alleging that the Sheriff allowed conditions to exist at ... [view]
9 Criswell v. Boudreaux
1:20-cv-01048 (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/29/2020 - Case Ongoing
Sheriff of Tulare County
Tulare County Sherriff's Office
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0144
Tulare County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This constitutional action was filed on July 29, 2020 by inmates in Tulare County in California seeking improved safety and health conditions in light of COVID-19. The court granted part of the plaintiffs' temporary restraining order and provisional class certification on September 2, 2020. However, on December 23, 2020 the court ... [view]
10 Estes v. Hughes County
3:20-cv-03013 (D.S.D.)
Filed 07/17/2020 - Case Ongoing
Hughes County, South Dakota
Jail Conditions
JC-SD-0002
Hughes County
Coding Complete
This lawsuit was filed in 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota by the estate of a diabetic Native American man who died as a pretrial detainee in the custody of the Hughes County Jail. The estate, represented by private counsel, brought claims for deliberate indifference to serious medical needs, failure to provide ... [view]
11 Jones v. Hill
1:20-cv-02791-ELR (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 07/01/2020 - Case Ongoing
Sheriff of Clayton County, Georgia
Prison Conditions
Jail Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-GA-0025
Clayton County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: Four incarcerated individuals filed this class-action lawsuit against the Clayton County Jail based on conditions-of-confinement claims, as well as a habeas claim, a Rehabilitation Act claim, and an ADA claim. The suit remains ongoing.
Four individuals incarcerated in the Clayton County Jail filed this complaint against the ... [view]
12 Brown v. Warren
1:20-cv-07907-NLH-KMW (D.N.J.)
Filed 06/26/2020 - Case Ongoing
Cumberland County Department of Corrections
Jail Conditions
JC-NJ-0027
Cumberland County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This putative class action was filed pro se by eight inmates in the Cumberland County Correctional Facility on June 26, 2020. The plaintiffs were later appointed legal counsel and, in an amended complaint, sought safety and testing remedies in light of COVID-19. The parties later agreed on the appointment of a Special Master. As ... [view]
13 Fenty v. Penzone
2:20-cv-01192-SPL (D. Ariz.)
Filed 06/16/2020 - Case Ongoing
Sheriff
Maricopa County
Jail Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JC-AZ-0016
Maricopa County
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
14 Barnett v. Tony
0:20-cv-61113-WPD (S.D. Fla.)
Filed 06/05/2020 - Case Ongoing
Broward Sheriff's Office
Jail Conditions
JC-FL-0026
Broward County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: Thirteen individuals and a local NGO, Disability Rights Florida, alleged in this class action lawsuit, which was filed in June 2020, that the Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO) provided inadequate safety measures to protect its prisoners from the COVID-19 virus. After an abbreviated discovery process, BSO entered into a class ... [view]
15 Campbell v. Barnes
30-2020-01141117-CU-WM-CXC (State Court)
Filed 06/02/2020 - Closed
Orange County Jail
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0145
Orange County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a class action petition brought by a group of medically vulnerable people and people with disabilities detained at the Orange County Jail seeking writs of habeas corpus and mandate, as well as declaratory relief. The individual petitioners sought immediate release or transfer and an order requiring the Orange County Jail ... [view]
16 Busby v. Bonner
2:20-cv-02359 (W.D. Tenn.)
Filed 05/20/2020 - Case Ongoing
Shelby County Sheriff
Shelby County Sheriff's Office
Jail Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JC-TN-0012
Shelby County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a habeas action filed by individuals in the Shelby County Jail who alleged that their underlying medical conditions made them especially vulnerable to COVID-19. They alleged violations of the Fourteenth Amendment, ADA, and Rehabilitation Act and requested release. The court denied both preliminary relief and motions to ... [view]
17 Williamson v. Maciol
9:20-cv-00537 (N.D.N.Y.)
Filed 05/12/2020 - Case Ongoing
County Sheriff and Chief Deputy of the County Jail
Jail Conditions
JC-NY-0082
Oneida County
Coding Complete
This is a class action about the unequal treatment of female general custody prisoners in the Oneida County Jail (“the Jail”). On May 12, 2020, three female general custody prisoners filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York on behalf of themselves and the jail's female general custody prisoners ( ... [view]
18 Azor-El v. City of New York
1:20-cv-03650-KPF (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 05/11/2020 - Case Ongoing
no defendants on record
Jail Conditions
JC-NY-0083
Coding In Process
This class action, filed in 2020 by persons detained in the custody of the New York City Department of Corrections, challenged the conditions of confinement during and in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. * [view]
19 Lucero-Gonzalez v. Kline
2:20-cv-00901-DJH-DMF (D. Ariz.)
Filed 05/08/2020 - Case Ongoing
CoreCivic Warden
CoreCivic
Prison Conditions
Jail Conditions
JC-AZ-0015
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a class-action brought by five prisoners with high-risk medical issues held at the federal Central Arizona Florence Correctional Complex against the U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of Prisons. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendant’s failure to implement basic social distancing and hygiene measures violated ... [view]
20 Russell v. Wayne County
2:20-cv-11094-MAG-EAS (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 05/04/2020 - Case Ongoing
Wayne County
Jail Conditions
JC-MI-0012
Wayne County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a class action complaint brought by six detainees in Wayne County Jail, seeking injunctive, declaratory and habeas relief. The petitioners sought the release or transfers to home confinement of medically vulnerable inmates in light of the virus, as well as an injunction requiring COVID-19 mitigation measures. The case ... [view]
21 Belton, Jr. v. East Baton Rouge Parish Prison
3:20-cv-00278 (M.D. La.)
Filed 05/04/2020 - Closed 2021
East Baton Rouge Parish Prison
Prison Conditions
Jail Conditions
JC-LA-0030
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a class action filed by inmates in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, seeking the release of medically vulnerable people and appropriate hygiene and social distancing measures for those still in the facility. The court denied to enter a temporary restraining order on July 3, and on February 4, 2021 the court granted the ... [view]
22 Alhman v. Barnes
8:20-cv-00835 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 04/30/2020 - Case Ongoing
Orange County
Orange County
Jail Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JC-CA-0143
Orange County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This putative class-action lawsuit, brought by inmates in Orange County Jail, argued that county and the sheriff violated the U.S. Constitution, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act in failing to provide adequate care amidst the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. The court granted the motion for ... [view]
23 Fernandez-Rodriguez v. Licon-Vitale
1:20-cv-03315 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 04/28/2020 - Case Ongoing
Metropolitan Correctional Center Warden
Metropolitan Correctional Center
Jail Conditions
JC-NY-0080
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a class action brought by five detainees at New York City's Metropolitan Correctional Center. The plaintiffs are at special risk from COVID-19 due to underlying medical conditions and seek release from detention and enforcement of preventative measures. On July 2, the court denied both the defendants' motion to partially ... [view]
24 Alvarez v. LaRose
3:20-cv-00782 (S.D. Cal.)
Filed 04/25/2020 - Case Ongoing
US Marshals Service
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0147
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a habeas action brought by detainees in the Otay Mesa Detention Center, seeking release due to COVID-19. The plaintiffs' request for a preliminary injunction was denied on June 7, 2020. The plaintiffs appealed, but withdrew the appeal several months later. In the meantime, the court denied the defendant's motion to ... [view]
25 Cullors v. County of Los Angeles
2:20-cv-03760 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 04/24/2020 - Closed 2020
County of Los Angeles
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0139
Los Angeles County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: On April 24, 2020, nine detainees at the Los Angeles County detention centers and a coalition of activists filed a class-action seeking adequate safety conditions at the Los Angeles County detention centers. The petitioners sought a writ of habeas corpus, declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as a temporary restraining order ... [view]
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