Cuyahoga County Jail: Potential Plaintiff Contact Form
This form should be completed by people who are interested in joining a lawsuit about conditions in the County Jail, including:
- general living conditions in the jail
- access to food
- access to medical and mental health care
- accommodations for disabilities
- excessive force used by jail staff
- access to attorneys
- access to grievance process
- other abuses
Please fill out the form as completely as possible.
You are NOT automatically part of a lawsuit after completing this form.
Only CURRENT and FUTURE inmates will qualify to participate in the pending class action lawsuit, but FORMER inmates may have important information as WITNESSES in the case and should still complete the form.
The pending class action lawsuit is for injunctive and declaratory relief - seeking reform - ONLY, and is NOT seeking money damages.
After you complete this form, we may contact you to discuss your experiences further, to determine whether you qualify to participate in the lawsuit.
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First Name (of inmate or person you represent):
Last Name (of inmate or person you represent):
CURRENT inmate in the Cuyahoga County jail
FORMER inmate in the Cuyahoga County jail
Family or friend to a CURRENT inmate in the jail
Family or friend to a FORMER Inmate in the jail
If you are writing on behalf of an inmate: (1) state your name; (2) describe your relationship to the inmate:
Current Address (of inmate):
Phone number where you can be reached:
Email where you can be reached:
Date of birth (of inmate or person you represent):
Case number(s) for current jail term:
Name of criminal defense lawyer for inmate (if currently represented):
I or the person I represent have experienced the following (check ALL options that apply to you):
Not enough food
Food is inappropriate for my religious beliefs
No water in cell
No electricity in cell
Denial of access to basic hygiene (showers, toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, razors, barbers, etc.)
Denied second blanket while in cold cell by SRT/Men in Black
Sleeping on mattress on floor or directly on floor
Cell without working toilet
Sewage on floors
Denial of medical care
Denial of mental health care
Denial of women's hygiene products or access to women's health services
No or improper accommodations for disability
Excessive force / brutality
Harassment by or fear of Men in Black/SRT
Juvenile housed with adult inmates
Holding cells while waiting for court WITHOUT water, toilet, chairs, etc.
Held in the hole as a juvenile
Held in the hole due to medical or mental health reasons (instead of in medical unit)
Held in the hole for disciplinary matter/punishment WITHOUT a hearing
Denial of education/library
No access to religious services or personnel (for example: Imam, priest, minister, rabbi, etc.)
Lack of access to my attorney
Lack of access to kites and/or grievance process / lack of response from jail to kites/grievances
For each item checked above, please explain what happened to you (or the person you represent). If your story involves very sensitive or confidential information, please describe it generally and say whether there is more information you would share over the phone or in person.
For the items checked above, have you sent a kite?
For the items checked above, have you sent a grievance form?
For any kite or grievance form you sent, have you received a response?
For any kite or grievance form you sent, have you sent an appeal? (Please note: you are permitted to send an appeal if the jail responds to your kite/grievance and think their response is wrong or inadequate OR if the jail FAILS to respond to your kite/grievance)
If you have received any response to your kite, grievance, or appeal, (1) please describe the response; (2) explain whether the conditions you complained about changed:
If you are in the jail as a pretrial detainee, please tell us: (1) approximately when you were arrested; (2) when your next court date is; and (3) what your trial date is.
If you have already been convicted and are serving a sentence in the jail, what is your release date?
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