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Civil Rights Clinic, co-counsel reach pact with Yuba County regarding jail conditions

News Posted on August 27, 2018

UC Davis School of Law’s Civil Rights Clinic, acting as counsel for prisoners at Yuba County Jail, reached an agreement with the county on an amended consent decree relating to the jail’s operations.

The agreement in the Eastern District of California case Hedrick v. Grant comes after more than a year of discussions among the Civil Rights Clinic, its co-counsel Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP, and Yuba County’s counsel regarding conditions at the jail.

Under the amended consent decree, which awaits court approval, the county agreed to conduct a thorough review and remediation of suicide hazards; improve its medical and mental health care; update its policies and practices related to the Americans with Disabilities Act; and make several other changes.

The amended decree updates a consent decree from 1979. The Civil Rights Clinic has represented jail detainees since 2013 in an effort to enforce the original decree, which resulted from a 1976 lawsuit alleging conditions at the jail failed to meet constitutional standards.

Since 2013, more than 15 students have worked on this case, including Kristina Munoz ’19, Audrey Kyan ’19, and Fernando Reyes ’19, who worked on it last year under the supervision of Professor Carter White.

The Civil Rights Clinic, marking its 25th anniversary this year, allows students to advocate for the civil rights of prisoners and other indigents. The clinic provides students with litigation experience, especially in federal district court. In a typical semester, students may do client intakes; meet with clients and witnesses; draft pleadings and written discovery; take depositions; appear before federal judges; meet with opposing counsel; and draft, file and argue dispositive motions.