Medically vulnerable individuals in federal criminal custody at Elkton filed a putative class action seeking release, transfer, and other relief due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The district court had found the individuals were likely to succeed on the merits of their Eighth Amendment deliberate indifference claims and entered a preliminary injunction ordering respondents to identify vulnerable class members and evaluate them for transfer or release. Here, the respondents appealed and sought a stay pending appeal, which the Sixth Circuit denied. However, the Sixth Circuit subsequently vacated the preliminary injunction on the merits, finding that the prison's mitigating efforts rendered the individuals unlikely to succeed on the merits of their Eighth Amendment claims.
Wilson v. Williams, No. 20-3447 (6th Cir. May 4, 2020)
Criminal (Federal Charges)
Preliminary Injunction (PI), Release, Transfer
Type of Court
Federal Appellate Court
Type of Case
Elderly, Pre-Existing Health Conditions
Compassionate Release Case
Case Tracking Number
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Place of Incarceration
Name of Facility
FCI Elkton and its low-security satellite prison FSL Elkton
"A subclass of inmates who—through age and/or certain medical conditions—were particularly vulnerable to complications, including death, if they contracted COVID-19"
COVID-19 Positive or Symptomatic
COVID-19 in Jail Prison or Detention Center
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