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. 

The situation in California prisons is changing rapidly.  The Coleman and Plata judges have required CDCR to provide detailed plans regarding the prisons’ Covid-19 responses.  The evidence is building that the only way to prevent repeated outbreaks is to reduce the prison population to reasonable levels.  

Recent court orders, and filings of both parties in both cases are available below.  RBGG’s Michael Bien has provided extensive commentary to the media on legal efforts to reduce overcrowding in California’s state prisons and protect prisoners and prison staff from COVID-19. Some of the more significant articles are linked here.

Case Topic Filing or Order Date
Coleman  Inpatient CDCR Rebuttal Brief on Hospital Access

11/18/2020

Plata Medical Joint Case Management Statement

11/18/2020

Coleman  Inpatient CDCR Post-Trial Brief on Access to Hospital Care

11/13/2020

Coleman Inpatient Declaration of Pablo Stewart

11/13/2020

Coleman Inpatient Plaintiffs’ Post-Trial Brief on Hospital Access

11/13/2020

Plata Medical  Joint Case Management Statement

11/4/2020

Plata Medical Joint Status Conference Statement

10/20/2020

Plata Medical Joint Case Management Statement

10/6/2020

Coleman Mental Health Plaintiffs Withdrawal of Motion Re Quarantine and Isolation Space

9/30/2020

Coleman  Mental Health CDCR Opposition to Motion re Quarantine and Isolation Space

9/29/2020

Coleman MH Inpatient Order Denying Motion to Modify Re Inpatient Care

9/25/2020

Coleman  Mental Health Plaintiffs Motion Re Quarantine and Isolation Space

9/25/2020

Plata Medical Order on Deadlines to Set Aside Quarantine and Isolation Space 9/22/2020
Coleman Mental Health CDCR Submission of Maps of Mental Health Programs As Impacted by Pandemic 9/16/2020
Plata Medical  Joint Case Management Statement 9/16/2020
Plata Medical Receiver Timeline for Quarantine and Isolation Space 9/16/2020
Coleman MH Inpatient Plaintiffs Opposition to State Motion to Modify Orders Re Inpatient Transfers During Pandemic.pdf 9/10/2020
Plata Medical Order Re Deadline to Set Aside Quarantine and Isolation Space 9/10/2020
Plata Medical Plaintiff Opposition to Request for More Time to Set Aside Quarantine and Isolation Space 9/10/2020
Plata Medical  CDCR Motion for More Time to Activate Quarantine and Isolation Space 9/2/2020
Coleman MH Inpatient State Motion to Modify Orders Re Inpatient Transfers During Pandemic 8/31/2020
Plata Medical Joint Status Report 8/31/2020
Coleman Mental Health Order Continuing Staffing Hearing 8/26/2020
Coleman Mental Health Plaintiff Opposition to Delay 8/23/2020
Coleman  Mental Health CDCR Motion to Delay Staffing Hearing 8/21/2020
Coleman Mental Health Joint Statement Re Program Guide Departures 8/21/2020
Plata Medical

Joint Status Report

8/20/2020
Coleman Mental Health 

CDCR Maps and Data Submission

8/17/2020
Plata Medical

CDCR Additional Opposition Re Staff Testing

8/17/2020
Plata Medical

CDCR Response Re Staff Testing

8/14/2020
Plata Medical

Defendant’s Response to Court’s 08.12.20 Questions re CDCR Staff Testing Plan

8/13/20
Coleman Mental Health

Joint Update On Work of COVID-19 Task Force

8/12/20
Plata Medical

Joint Case Management Conference Statement

8/11/2020
Plata Medical

Order re Oral Argument on Pls Mtn re COVID-19 Staff Testing Plan

8/9/2020
Coleman MH Inpatient

Order Continuing Inpatient Hearing

8/3/2020
Plata Medical

Plaintiffs Reply Re Staff Testing

8/3/2020
Plata Medical 

CDCR Response to Motion re Staff Testing

7/31/2020
Coleman  Mental Health

CDCR Statement re Isolation and Quarantine Space

7/31/2020
Coleman MH Inpatient

CDCR Response to Motion to Continue Evidentiary Hearing

7/31/2020
Coleman MH Inpatient

Motion to Continue Evidentiary Hearing

7/30/2020
Coleman  Mental Health

Order for Briefing on Population Reduction and Mental Health Staffing

7/30/2020
Coleman Mental Health 

Order Re Mental Health Care Standards, and Isolation/Quarantine

7/28/2020
Plata Medical

Joint Statement

7/27/2020
Plata Medical 

Plaintiffs Motion to Modify Staff Testing Order

7/24/2020
Plata Medical

Order to Set Aside Isolation and Quarantine Space

7/22/2020
Plata Medical

CDCR Response Re Isolation and Quarantine

7/20/2020
Plata Medical

Plaintiff Response Re Quarantine/Isolation Practices

7/20/2020
Coleman Mental Health

Bien Declaration Part 1

Part 2

7/15/2020
Coleman Mental Health Plaintiff Statement Re Overcrowding 7/15/2020
Coleman Mental Health CDCR Statement Re Overcrowding 7/15/2020
Coleman Mental Health Joint Update on COVID-19 Task Force 7/15/2020
Coleman Mental Health Joint Statement re Covid-19 Impact on Mental Health Program 7/15/2020
Plata Medical CDCR Statement re Isolation and Quarantine 7/15/2020
Plata Medical Plaintiff Statement re Isolation and Quarantine Plan 7/15/2020
Plata Medical  Joint Statement 7/15/2020
Plata Medical Order re Isolation + Quarantine Space 7/7/2020
Plata Medical Order Re Emergency Hearing 7/5/2020
Coleman Mental Health Plaintiff Briefing and Evidence On Mental Health Related Covid-19 7/2/2020
Coleman Mental Health Order for Briefing re Mental Health Program and Population 7/2/2020
Plata Medical Plaintiff Statement re Staff Testing and Outbreaks 7/2/2020
Plata  Medical Joint Statement 7/1/2020
Plata Medical  Order re Baseline Staff Testing 7/1/2020
Plata Medical CCPOA Response Re Testing 6/30/2020
Plata Medical  CDCR Response Re Testing 6/30/2020
Plata Medical Testing Order 6/28/2020
Coleman MH Inpatient Order Continuing Inpatient Hearing 6/23/2020
Coleman MH Inpatient Joint Statement re Evidentiary Hearing 6/22/2020
Plata Medical CDCR Submission of Educational Materials 6/18/2020
Plata Medical Joint Statement Re Covid-19 6/18/2020
Coleman MH Inpatient Order Resetting Evidentiary Hearing 6/17/2020
Coleman Mental Health Defendants’ Brief On 8th Amendment Limits to Pandemic Measures 6/16/2020
Coleman  Mental Health Plaintiffs’ Brief On 8th Amendment Limits to Pandemic Measures 6/16/2020
Coleman MH Inpatient Joint Statement On Disputes Re Inpatient Care and Staffing 6/16/2020
Coleman Mental Health CDCR Maps and Data 6/15/2020
Coleman Mental Health Joint Update Re Departures from Mental Health Program Guides 6/15/2020
Coleman MH Inpatient Plaintiffs’ Status Report 6/11/2020
Plata Medical Order on Staff Testing 6/11/2020
Coleman Mental Health Order Re Institutional Maps 6/10/2020
Plata Medical Minute Order 6/09/2020
Plata Medical Joint Statement 6/08/2020
Coleman Mental Health Briefing Order Regarding Mental Health Care During Pandemic 6/02/2020
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
Coleman MH Inpatient Order Denying Motion for Reconsideration 5/7/2020
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