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Bacote, et. al. v. Federal Bureau of Prisons

Bacote, et. al. v. Federal Bureau of Prisons

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No.MICHAEL BACOTE,HAROLD CUNNINGHAM,JOHN W. NARDUCCI, JR.,JEREMY PINSON, andERNEST NORMAN SHAIFER,Each individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated,Plaintiffs,vs.FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS,CHARLES E. SAMUELS, JR.NEWTON E. KENDIG,PAUL M. LAIRD,BLAKE R. DAVIS, andDAVID A. BERKABILE,Defendants.
COMPLAINT
Plaintiffs Michael Bacote, Harold Cunningham, John W. Narducci, Jr., Jeremy Pinson,and Ernest Norman Shaifer (collectively, “Plaintiffs”), each individually and on behalf of allothers similarly situated, respectfully complain as follows against defendants the Federal Bureauof Prisons, Charles E. Samuels, Jr., Newton E. Kendig, Paul M. Laird, Blake R. Davis, andDavid A. Berkabile (collectively, “Defendants”).
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
PageI. NATURE OF THE ACTION............................................................................................. 4II. JURISDICTION ................................................................................................................. 7III. VENUE............................................................................................................................... 8IV. PARTIES ............................................................................................................................ 8V. GENERAL ALLEGATIONS............................................................................................. 9A. Background and Operation of ADX....................................................................... 9B. Extended Confinement in Isolation Can and Often Does Have a DevastatingEffect on Prisoners’ Mental Health....................................................................... 17C. The BOP Violates Its Own Written Policies Concerning Evaluating, Housingand Treating Mentally Ill Prisoners at ADX......................................................... 19D. ADX Houses Seriously Mentally Ill Prisoners Who Are Dangerous toThemselves and Others......................................................................................... 23E. Mental Health Care Treatment at ADX is Woefully and ConstitutionallyInadequate............................................................................................................. 29F. Defendants Have Displayed Sustained Deliberate Indifference to The Plightand Needs of Mentally Ill Prisoners at ADX........................................................ 35
(1) The illnesses of Plaintiffs and their peers are obvious.........................................35(2) At least fourteen separate pro se lawsuits filed by ADX prisoners in the pastnine years have put Defendants on notice of the catastrophic deficiencies inthe ADX mental health care system.....................................................................35(3) A series of suicides by mentally ill prisoners have demonstrated in tragicand permanent terms the deficiencies in the ADX mental health system............38
G. Defendants Have Retaliated Against and Interfered With Plaintiffs and OtherADX Prisoners Who Have Tried to Assert Their Constitutional and OtherLegal Rights to Mental Health Treatment. ........................................................... 41
(1) ADX staff have interfered with Legal Mail and confiscation of Attorney-Client Privileged Materials...................................................................................42(2) ADX staff have interfered with the attorney-client relationship andretaliated against prisoners by threatening, antagonizing, and punishingprisoners who communicate with counsel............................................................44
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- 3 -VI. ALLEGATIONS RELATING SPECIFICALLY TO PLAINTIFFS ............................... 46A. Michael Bacote..................................................................................................... 46B. Harold Cunningham.............................................................................................. 50C. Ernest Norman Shaifer.......................................................................................... 55D. Jeremy Pinson....................................................................................................... 59E. John W. Narducci, Jr............................................................................................. 62VII. ALLEGATIONS RELATING SPECIFICALLY TO THE INTERESTEDINDIVIDUALS................................................................................................................. 66A. John Jay Powers.................................................................................................... 69B. Marcellus Washington.......................................................................................... 74C. William Concepcion Sablan ................................................................................. 78D. Jaison Leggett ....................................................................................................... 83E. David Shelby......................................................................................................... 87F. Herbert Isaac Perkins............................................................................................ 93VIII. CLASS ACTION ALLEGATIONS................................................................................. 97A. Prisoner Class........................................................................................................ 98B. Serious Mental Illness Subclass.......................................................................... 100IX. CLAIMS FOR RELIEF.................................................................................................. 102X. PRAYER FOR RELIEF ................................................................................................. 103
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