Martinez-Brooks v. Easter (D. Conn.) - Home Confinement Granted to Certain Class Members
The court granted the petitioners' motion in part, requiring the Warden to move class members designated for Residential Reentry Centers (RRCs) to instead be placed in home confinement so long as they were not convicted of a violent or sex-related offense and they did not have a "High" PATTERN score indicating a risk of recidivism. The motion was part of a class action related to the conditions endured by those incarcerated at FCI Danbury, a low security prison, as the petitioners claimed that the Warden had not made effective use of the power to grant home confinement and therefore was putting high-risk individuals at risk of contracting Covid-19. The motion came about due to the Warden utilizing RRCs rather than home confinement for a specific subset of incarcerated individuals, claiming that home confinement did provide enough supervision to this subset of class members relative to a halfway house. The court rejected this argument, noting that "inmates on home confinement are not without supervision" and are often subject to electronic monitoring; the judge also noted that "the extent to which RRCs actually present a safer environment for medically vulnerable inmates [relative to the prison] is unclear."
Martinez-Brooks v. Easter, No. 3:20-CV-00569 (MPS), 2020 WL 2813072 (D. Conn. May 29, 2020)
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