Cameron v. Bouchard (E.D. Mich.) - State Criminal Class Cert. & PI Grant - Conditions and Release (Stayed by Sixth Circuit)
Five individuals filed a putative representative habeas and § 1983 class action covering all people detained at Oakland County Jail (with three subclasses for pre-trial individuals, post-conviction individuals, and medically vulnerable individuals). The court certified the class and subclasses, granted a preliminary injunction on a deliberate indifference theory, and denied the government's motion to dismiss. Notably, the court held that both the 28 U.S.C. § 2241 and PLRA exhaustion requirements were satisfied because any prison grievance procedures were "unavailable," and it appeared to credit petitioners' expert's opinion that the CDC list of high-risk conditions was incomplete. The court's detailed order required the defendants to improve a host of conditions and make numerous disclosures, and it indicated that the court would soon proceed to consider releases on an individualized basis. The Sixth Circuit subsequently stayed the preliminary injunction, finding that plaintiffs were unlikely to succeed on the merits in light of its intervening decision in Wilson v. Williams, No. 20-3447, __ F. 3d __, 2020 WL 3056217 (6th Cir. June 9, 2020).
Cameron v. Bouchard, No. 2:20-cv-10949-LVP-MJH, __ F. Supp. 3d __, 2020 WL 2569868 (E.D. Mich. May 21, 2020)
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