The court had previously certified a class of all people in immigration detention at two facilities and granted a temporary restraining order establishing a system for adjudicating dozens of individual applications for release. The court criticized ICE for blanket opposing every single request for release, for only taking steps to protect people in detention after the court forced them to, and for making "at least one misrepresentation to the Court about a matter of great importance." The court held that "ICE’s conduct and attitude towards its detainees at Mesa Verde and Yuba County Jail since the pandemic began have shown beyond doubt that ICE cannot currently be trusted to prevent constitutional violations at these particular facilities without judicial intervention." However, the court also found that conditions at the facility had become sufficiently safe, such that the preliminary injunction would only order a continuation of the status quo.
Zepeda Rivas v. Jennings, No. 20-CV-02731 (VC), 2020 WL 3055449 (N.D. Cal. June 9, 2020)
Improved Conditions, Preliminary Injunction (PI)
Type of Court
Federal District Court
Type of Case
Compassionate Release Case
Case Tracking Number
MORE CASE INFORMATION
Place of Incarceration
Name of Facility
Mesa Verde Detention Center; Yuba County Jail
Substantive Due Process - Deliberate Indifference (both 14th and 5th Amendments)
§ 2241 Habeas
Wire fraud, misdemeanor drug conviction
Decision Made But Case Still Pending
Improved Conditions Ordered
Efficient manner to expedite release requests; population reduction at detention centers; improved screening procedures.
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