Individuals incarcerated at a Texas prison for the elderly and infirm brought a class action challenging, on Eighth Amendment grounds, the sufficiency of the preventive measures in place to prevent spread of COVID-19 among prisoners. The district court granted plantiffs' motion for preliminary injunction and required the officials to immediately implement more drastic preventive measures, but the Fifth Circuit stayed the injunction pending appeal. Plaintiffs then requested that the Supreme Court vacate the stay, and the Court denied the application. In a separate statement, Justice Sotomayor, joined by Justice Ginsburg, wrote to highlight the poor conditions at the prison. Further, the Justice suggested that the plaintiffs could possibly satisfy an exception to the PLRA's exhaustion requirements where they could show that the prison's grievance procedures would be a "dead end."
Valentine v. Collier, 590 U. S. ____, 140 S. Ct. 1598 (May 14, 2020) (Sotomayor, J., statement respecting denial of application to vacate stay)
Elderly, Post-Conviction Detention [jail or prison], Pre-Existing Health Conditions
Compassionate Release Case
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Eighth Amendment - Deliberate Indifference
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Age ("elderly and infirm")
COVID-19 Positive or Symptomatic
COVID-19 in Jail Prison or Detention Center
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