We represent Ricky Price and Kevin Conway, two men currently detained at the Chicago Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC), at risk of contracting COVID in a facility that has been a vector for spread of the disease. In part, the risk of COVID comes from the fact more than 500 persons are detained at the MCC, a facility designed for only 400 detainees. This overcrowding has caused double-bunking in small cells and the housing of up to 100 persons in dormitory-like facilities.

In May 2020, 20 to 25% of the population was diagnosed with an infection, despite a lack of testing throughout the facility. The same happened again once winter hit.  Still, management has stuck with its old failed practices--officers walk the halls without wearing masks; basic needs such as soap and hand sanitizer are not widely available; and showers and other commonly-used objects (like phones) are not cleaned and sanitized regularly.

Our clients are asking the court to order development of a vaccination plan at the MCC which results in all MCC residents and staff being vaccinated as soon as possible, along with vaccine education; adoption of an aggressive testing regimen in the facility, so that staff and all new and existing residents are tested on a regular basis; properly implemented isolation of COVID-positive residents; effective sanitation; universal masking inside the facility, and measures to relieve the depression of residents who have spent months under lockdown. 


Camille Bennett, Nusrat Jahan Choudhury, Allyson Bain, Emily Hirsch

Date filed

January 29, 2021


U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois