Health care in the Baltimore City Detention Center

Duvall v. Hogan

On June 28, 2016, U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander approved the settlement agreement in Duvall v. Hogan, the class-action suit on behalf of detainees in the Baltimore City Detention Center. The settlement between the state of Maryland and the Public Justice Center, the Law Offices of Elizabeth Alexander, and the American Civil Liberties Union stipulates an overhaul of the jail’s health care system and major improvements to the facilities, including accommodations for people with disabilities. To ensure compliance with the settlement, the parties agreed that the jail’s progress will be assessed by independent monitors.

In May 2019, the court granted an extension of the settlement agreement because the jail has not made sufficient progress in improving its health care system and facilities. We continue to press aggressively to require the system improvements as swiftly as possible.

June 28, 2016

Press release: Major Settlement Approved to Improve Baltimore Jail’s Medical Care, Facilities

Settlement agreement in Duvall v. Hogan

Amendment to the settlement agreement

Opinion from Judge Ellen L. Hollander

November 18, 2015

Press release: Baltimore Jail Settlement to Bring Major Improvements in Medical Care, Facilities

Settlement agreement in Duvall v. Hogan

July 30, 2015

Public Justice Center comment on closure of dangerous, crumbling jail facility in Baltimore

June 2, 2015

Press release: Detainees to Reopen Baltimore Jail Lawsuit Over Dangers to Health and Safety

Brief in support of motion to reopen the case

August 18, 2009

Press release from previous settlement agreement: Detainee Medical and Mental Health Care Will Improve As a Result of Agreement to Settle Longstanding Lawsuit