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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 United States v. New Jersey (DOJ CRIPA Investigation of Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women)
2:21-cv-15031 (D.N.J.)
Filed 08/10/2021 - Case Ongoing
State of New Jersey
State of New Jersey
Prison Conditions
PC-NJ-0027
Hunterdon County
Coding In Process
On August 10, 2021, the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division announced that it had reached a settlement with the New Jersey Department of Corrections regarding conditions at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women. The same day, it filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, requesting that the court ... [view]
3 Mackes v. Colorado Department of Corrections
1:21-cv-01100 (D. Colo.)
Filed 04/21/2021 - Case Ongoing
Colorado Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-CO-0038
Coding Complete
This lawsuit was filed on April 21, 2021 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado by two blind men in the custody of the Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC) as well as the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado, on behalf of the two men as well as other members who are or may be in the custody of CDOC. Plaintiffs were ... [view]
4 Terrill v. Oregon
6:21-cv-00588-AA (D. Or.)
Filed 04/20/2021 - Case Ongoing
State of Oregon
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-OR-0017
Coding Complete
This lawsuit addresses whether or not prisoners in the state of Oregon have to pay for medical equipment. A prisoner at the Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon on April 20, 2021. Defendants were the State of Oregon and the Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections ... [view]
5 Doe v. Washington State Department of Corrections
4:21-cv-05059-TOR (E.D. Wash.)
Filed 04/07/2021 - Case Ongoing
Washington State Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-WA-0034
Coding Complete
Disability Rights Washington -- Washington's protection and advocacy system for persons with disabilities statewide -- and the ACLU of Washington, in collaboration with private counsel, filed this lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington on April 7, 2021. They sought to prevent the Washington State Department of ... [view]
6 Center for Legal Advocacy v. Colorado Department of Corrections
1:21-cv-00792-NRN (D. Colo.)
Filed 03/18/2021 - Case Ongoing
Colorado Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-CO-0037
Coding Complete
On March 18, 2021, the Center for Legal Advocacy, d/b/a Disability Law Colorado (“DLC”), a federally mandated protection and advocacy (“P&A”) organization for the State of Colorado, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. DLC sued the Colorado Department of Corrections (“CDOC”) under the Americans ... [view]
7 Giroir v. Leblanc
3:21-cv-00108-JWD-SDJ (M.D. La.)
Filed 02/19/2021 - Case Ongoing
The Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections
Prison Conditions
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-LA-0015
Coding Complete
This is a case about the Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections consistently over-detaining thousands of incarcerated people per year for nearly the past ten years. On February 19, 2021, an incarcerated person in DOC’s custody filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. The plaintiff sued the ... [view]
8 Disability Rights Connecticut v. Connecticut Department of Correction
3:21-cv-00146 (D. Conn.)
Filed 02/04/2021 - Case Ongoing
Connecticut Department of Correction
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-CT-0023
Coding Complete
This lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut challenged prolonged isolation and in-cell shackling imposed on people with mental illness in the custody of the Connecticut Department of Correction. Disability Rights Connecticut, a private, nonprofit corporation that is the authorized protection and advocacy system for the ... [view]
9 Harper v. Cuomo
9:21-cv-00019 (N.D.N.Y.)
Filed 01/08/2021 - Case Ongoing
New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-NY-0081
Albany County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This putative class action was filed on June 16, 2020 by medically vulnerable prisoners in New York's Adirondack Correctional Facility. The plaintiffs sought extra protections from COVID-19. A magistrate judge denied the plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction on March 1, 2021.
This is a case about COVID-19 precautions ... [view]
10 Holden v. Zucker
801592/2021E (State Court)
Filed 2021 - Case Ongoing
no defendants on record
Prison Conditions
PC-NY-0085
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
11 NYSCOPBA v. Cuomo
1:21-cv-00535 (N.D.N.Y.)
Filed 2021 - Case Ongoing
no defendants on record
Prison Conditions
PC-NY-0087
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
12 Chatman, et al. v. Otani
21-cv-00268 (D. Haw.)
Filed 2021 - Case Ongoing
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]
13 Human Rights Defense Center v. Inch
9:21-cv-81391 (S.D. Fla.)
Filed 2021 - Case Ongoing
no defendants on record
Prison Conditions
PC-FL-0035
Coding In Process
The Human Rights Defense Center filed this lawsuit in 2021 alleging ongoing censorship of three educational publications sent to prisoners at Florida Department of Corrections prisons--containing information about prisoner legal rights--in violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments. * [view]
14 DOJ Investigation of Georgia Prisons
N/A (No Court)
Filed 2021 - Case Ongoing
no defendants on record
Prison Conditions
PC-GA-0026
Coding Complete
The Justice Department opened a statewide civil investigation into conditions of confinement of prisoners held in Georgia’s prisons. The DOJ investigation was conducted under the authority granted by CRIPA. The investigation examined whether Georgia provided its incarcerated population with reasonable protection from physical harm at the hands ... [view]
15 Cardew v. New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
6:21-cv-06557 (W.D.N.Y.)
Filed 2021 - Case Ongoing
no defendants on record
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-NY-0088
Coding In Process
The nonprofit organizations Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) and Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) filed a class action lawsuit against the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) on behalf of people with disabilities who are incarcerated at Five Points Correctional Facility and have been denied ... [view]
16 Busbee v. Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
1:20-cv-02401-CCC-SES (M.D. Pa.)
Filed 12/22/2020 - Case Ongoing
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-PA-0052
Cumberland County
Coding Complete
This wrongful death suit arose when correctional officers pepper sprayed an incarcerated person who suffered from chronic asthma. After the officers pepper sprayed him, the decedent suffered from an asthma attack and eventually passed away from asphyxiation. On December 22, 2020, the decedent’s mother filed this lawsuit on behalf of his estate ... [view]
17 United States v. Alabama
2:20-cv-01971-JHE (N.D. Ala.)
Filed 12/09/2020 - Case Ongoing
Alabama Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-AL-0037
Coding Complete
At the very end of the Trump administration, the U.S. Department of Justice brought this statewide lawsuit against Alabama, alleging widespread unconstitutional conditions conditions in the state's men's prisons. The case was filed on December 9, 2020, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama (in Birmingham).. On October 6, ... [view]
18 Malcolm v. Starr
0:20-cv-02503 (D. Minn.)
Filed 12/09/2020 - Closed 2021
Federal Correctional Institution, Waseca
Federal Correctional Institution, Waseca
Prison Conditions
PC-MN-0005
Waseca County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This habeas action and putative class action lawsuit was filed on December 9, 2020 by a group of medically vulnerable incarcerated individuals in FCI-Waseca, seeking release or home confinement and changes to the COVID-19 procedures in the prison. The court denied the petitioners' temporary restraining order and dismissed the ... [view]
19 Smith v. Barr
2:20-cv-00630-JRS (S.D. Ind.)
Filed 11/25/2020 - Closed 2021
Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
Prison Conditions
Criminal Justice (Other)
PC-IN-0027
Washington
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: Two individuals incarcerated at Terre Haute Correctional Complex filed this lawsuit on behalf of all individuals who were or would be incarcerated at Terre Haute during the COVID-19 pandemic. They sought injunctive relief to stop the defendants from conducting federal executions, which drew hundreds of individuals from all over ... [view]
20 Hallinan v. Scarantino
5:20-CT-3333-M (E.D.N.C.)
Filed 10/26/2020 - Case Ongoing
Warden of Federal Correctional Complex Butner
Federal Correctional Complex Butner
Prison Conditions
PC-NC-0022
Coding In Process
COVID-19 Summary: This putative class action lawsuit and habeas petition was filed by ten incarcerated individuals at Federal Correctional Complex Butner on October 26, 2020, seeking safety remedies and release. On May 11, 2021, the Court stayed the case. Note that this is a successor case to Hallinan v. Scarantino, 5:20-hc-02088 (E.D.N.C.) ... [view]
21 Baker v. Minnesota Department of Corrections
62-cv-20-5143 (State Court)
Filed 10/22/2020 - Case Ongoing
Minnesota Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-MN-0006
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a class action petition for a writ of mandamus alleging that the Minnesota Department of Corrections failed in its legal duty to protect individuals under its custody or control from COVID-19.
On October 22, 2020, thirteen individuals in the custody and control of the Minnesota Department of Corrections (MNDOC) ... [view]
22 U.S. v. Hampton Roads Regional Jail Authority
2:20-cv-00410 (E.D. Va.)
Filed 08/05/2020 - Case Ongoing
Hampton Roads Regional Jail Authority
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-VA-0027
Portsmouth (independent) city
Coding Complete
After a two-year investigation initiated in December 2016 under CRIPA and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a Notice on December 19, 2018 concluding that the Hampton Roads Regional Jail Authority (“HRRJ”) failed to provide constitutionally adequate medical and mental health care to ... [view]
23 Blake v. Carr
4:20-cv-807-P (N.D. Tex.)
Filed 08/03/2020 - Case Ongoing
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Federal Medical Center, Carswell
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-TX-0026
Fort Worth
Coding Complete
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 ... [view]
24 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]
25 Albert v. Global TelLink Corp.
8:20-cv-01936-PWG (D. Md.)
Filed 06/29/2020 - Case Ongoing
Global Tel*Link Corp.
Global Tel*Link Corp.
Prison Conditions
PC-MD-0015
Coding Complete
This is a case about three prison phone providers allegedly colluding to inflate the price of calls made from individuals incarcerated at U.S. jails and prisons and lying to local governments and customers about the costs. On June 29, 2020, four individuals who paid $9.99 or $14.99 to accept collect calls from three prison phone providers filed ... [view]
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