RBGG and the Prison Law Office are litigating COVID-19 issues before the federal judges in the class actions about medical care (Plata v. Newsom) and mental health care (Coleman v. Newson).  Below are recent briefs, declarations, and court orders. 

In response to emergency motion in Coleman and Plata, CDCR made a one-time only early release of approximately 3,500 persons who were within 60 days of release as of April 4, 2020. 

During April and May, the Coleman and Plata judges have required CDCR to provide detailed plans regarding the prisons’ Covid-19 responses 

The Coleman Court has issued orders regarding continued access to inpatient mental health care during the crisis, and has required CDCR to provide information regarding how it will protect Coleman class members who are particularly vulnerable to corona virus complications.  

Recent court orders, and filings of both parties in both cases are available below. 

Case Topic Filing or Order Date
Plata Medical Joint Statement 5/27/2020
Plata Medical Declaration of Dr Reingold 5/27/2020
Coleman Mental Health Order Re Institution Maps 5/22/2020
Plata Medical Joint Statement 5/20/2020
Coleman MH Inpatient Order Re DSH Evidentiary Hearing 5/18/2020
Plata Medical Joint Statement 5/13/2020
Coleman Mental Health Order Re Covid-19 Plans 5/8/2020
Plata Medical Joint Statement 5/6/2020
Plata Medical CDCR Response re Social Distancing 5/1/2020
Plata Medical Joint Statement 4/29/2020
Coleman Mental Health Order re COVID-19 Plans 4/28/2020
Coleman Mental Health Bien Declaration 4/24/2020
Coleman MH Inpatient Order re Inpatient Transfers 4/24/2020
Coleman Mental Health CDCR Reply Gipson Declaration 4/22/2020
Coleman Mental Health CDCR Reply re COVID-19 Plan 4/22/2020
Coleman Mental Health Plaintiff Response to COVID 19 Strategic Plan 04-20-2020 4/20/2020
Coleman Mental Health Bien Declaration 4/20/2020
Coleman Mental Health Galvan Declaration 4/20/2020
Plata Medical Joint Statement 4/20/2020
Coleman Mental Health Order re COVID-19 Strategic Plan 4/17/2020
Plata Medical Order Denying Emergency Motion 4/17/2020
Coleman Mental Health CDCR Covid 19 Strategic Plan 4/16/2020
Coleman Mental Health CDCR Covid 19 Strategic Plan EXHIBITS 4/16/2020
Coleman MH Inpatient Plaintiffs Opposition to DSH Mot for Reconsideration 4/16/2020
Coleman MH Inpatient Plaintiffs Opposition to DSH Mot for Reconsideration, Dec of Fama 4/16/2020
Coleman MH Inpatient CDCR Motion for Reconsideration 4/15/2020
Coleman MH Inpatient CDCR Reconsideration Motion re DSH, HENDON Decl. 4/15/2020
Coleman MH Inpatient Plaintiff Expert Designation for DSH Hearing 4/15/2020
Plata Medical Reply re COVID-19 Emergency Mtn 4/14/2020
Plata Medical Reply Bien Declaration 4/14/2020
Plata Medical Reply Fama Declaration 4/14/2020
Plata Medical Reply Hoffman Declaration 4/14/2020
Plata Medical Reply Austin Declaration 4/14/2020
Plata Medical Reply Booth Declaration 4/14/2020
Plata Medical CDCR Response Gipson Decl. 4/13/2020
Plata Medical CDCR Response to Emergency Motion 4/13/2020
Plata Medical CDCR Response Diaz Decl. 4/13/2020
Plata Medical CDCR Response Bick Decl. 4/13/2020
Plata Medical CDCR Response Wolff Decl. 4/13/2020
Coleman Mental Health Joint Report re Social Distancing 4/9/2020
Coleman MH Inpatient Declaration of Michael Bien 4/9/2020
Coleman MH Inpatient Declaration of Michael Bien – Exhibits 4/9/2020
Coleman Mental Health Plaintiffs Response 4/8/2020
Coleman Mental Health Defendants Response 4/8/2020
Coleman Mental Health Declaration of Dr Marc Stern 4/8/2020
Coleman Mental Health Declaration of Michael Bien 4/8/2020
Coleman Mental Health Declaration of Michael Bien, Exhibits 1-24  4/8/2020
Coleman MH Inpatient Plaintiffs Response re Inpatient Care 4/8/2020
Coleman MH Inpatient Declaration of Trapani Re Inpatient Care 4/8/2020
Coleman MH Inpatient Plaintiffs Response re DSH 4/8/2020
Coleman MH Inpatient Defendants Response re DSH Access 4/8/2020
Coleman MH Inpatient Declaration of J. Bick re DSH 4/8/2020
Coleman MH Inpatient Declaration of K. Warburton re  DSH 4/8/2020
Coleman MH Inpatient Declaration of M. Diciro re DSH 4/8/2020
Coleman MH Inpatient Declaration of C. Hendon re DSH 4/8/2020
Coleman MH Inpatient Request for Judicial Notice re DSH 4/8/2020
Plata Medical Emergency Motion for COVID 19 relief 4/8/2020
Plata Medical Proposed Order 4/8/2020
Plata Medical Declaration of Patrick Booth 4/8/2020
Plata Medical Declaration of Megan Lynch 4/8/2020
Plata Medical Declaration of Dr Marc Stern 4/8/2020
Coleman Mental Health Order re COVID-19 + Distancing, 4/6/2020
3-Judge Court Releases Order Denying Emergency Motion for Modification of Population Order 4/4/2020
Coleman MH Inpatient Order for Defendants to Show Cause re DSH Transfers 4/3/2020
3-Judge Court Releases Plaintiff Reply Re COVID 19 4/1/2020
3-Judge Court Releases Specter Supplemental Declaration 4/1/2020
3-Judge Court Releases Declaration of James Austin 4/1/2020
3-Judge Court Releases Supplemental Declaration of Marc Stern MD 4/1/2020
3-Judge Court Releases Supplemental Declaration of Thomas Hoffman 4/1/2020
3-Judge Court Releases Defendant’s Opposition to Plaintiff’s Emergency Motion to Modify Population Order 3/31/2020
3-Judge Court Releases Declaration of Ralph Diaz 3/31/2020
3-Judge Court Releases Declaration of Connie Gipson 3/31/2020
3-Judge Court Releases Declaration of Joseph Bick MD 3/31/2020
3-Judge Court Releases Declaration of Jeffrey Green 3/31/2020
3-Judge Court Releases Declaration of Dr. Michael Golding 3/31/2020
3-Judge Court Releases Request for Judicial Notice 3/31/2020
3-Judge Court Releases Exhibit A – Executive Order N-33-20 3/31/2020
3-Judge Court Releases Exhibit B – Executive Order N-36-20 3/31/2020
3-Judge Court Releases Emergency Motion to Modify Population Cap 3/25/2020
3-Judge Court Releases Proposed Order Granting Plaintiffs’ Emergency Motion 3/25/2020
3-Judge Court Releases Declaration of Dr. Marc Stern 3/25/2020
3-Judge Court Releases Declaration of Michael Bien 3/25/2020
3-Judge Court Releases Bien Declaration Exhibits 1-16 3/25/2020
3-Judge Court Releases Bien Declaration Exhibits 17-47 3/25/2020
3-Judge Court Releases Declaration of Craig Haney 3/25/2020
3-Judge Court Releases Declaration of Thomas Hoffman 3/25/2020
3-Judge Court Releases Declaration of Megan Lynch 3/25/2020
3-Judge Court Releases Lynch Declaration Exhibit A 3/25/2020
3-Judge Court Releases Lynch Declaration Exhibits B-D 3/25/2020
3-Judge Court Releases Declaration of Michael Brodheim 3/25/2020
3-Judge Court Releases Declaration of Shira Teva 3/25/2020
3-Judge Court Releases Request for Judicial Notice of Emergency Measures In Other Jurisdictions 3/25/2020
3-Judge Court Releases Examples of Other Emergency Measures 3/25/2020