The court denied a motion for preliminary injunction based on alleged Eighth Amendment violations. The petitioners asked for the immediate release of medically vulnerable inmates and alteration of the facility's COVID-19 response methods. The court did not find an objectively substantial risk of serious harm or subjective deliberate indifference on the part of facility officials to incarcerated persons' health and safety, as would be required to find an Eighth Amendment violation. The court found the facility's COVID-19 response to be adequate, which weighed against finding an Eighth Amendment violation, and did not reach the question of class certification. The court also found that a preliminary injunction was not warranted because the petitioners had not demonstrated a clear likelihood of success on their Eighth Amendment claim.
Chunn v. Edge, No. 1:20-cv-01590 (RPK) (RLM), 2020 WL 3055669 (E.D.N.Y. June 9, 2020)
Criminal (Federal Charges)
Class Certification, Improved Conditions, Preliminary Injunction (PI), Release
Type of Court
Federal District Court
Type of Case
Post-Conviction Detention [jail or prison]
Compassionate Release Case
Case Tracking Number
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Place of Incarceration
Federal Detention Center [typically federal pretrial detention]
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