COVID-19 at Terminal Island or Lompoc Prisons
On May 16, 2020, the ACLU of Southern California, the Prison Law Office, and the law firm of Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks Lincenberg & Rhow, P.C., filed two class action lawsuits against federal prisons at Terminal Island and Lompoc based on the Bureau of Prison's (BOP) failure to ensure the health and safety of prisoners amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which we have alleged is a violation of the Eighth Amendment right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment.
Through the class actions, we are asking the Court to direct BOP to make immediate changes, including:
- Putting in place a court-supervised evaluation process that allows for the immediate release or home confinement of more prisoners until enough people have been released to make the facilities safe, and
- Adhering to CDC guidance regarding prevention and treatment of COVID-19.
Because these are class action lawsuits, people held in BOP prisons at Terminal Island or Lompoc do not need to do anything at this time to “join” the lawsuit. We will ask the court to certify the lawsuit as a class action. If the court certifies the case as a class action, that means we will represent all prisoners currently housed there and can seek relief on behalf of all of them, even if they do not “join.”
However, if you have information about the BOP's handling of COVID-19 at Terminal Island or Lompoc, that information is helpful to our work on the case and we ask that you fill out the web form below to provide it to us. We will keep the information anonymous unless you tell us otherwise.
Due to the volume of emails and calls we are getting, we will likely not be able to respond to you individually. Please know that the information you provide is very important. Because of the lockdown and limitations on communications at both Terminal Island and Lompoc, the information provided by families is the primary way we learn about conditions inside the prisons.