Description: Texas state prison inmate's lawsuit alleging that exposure to excessive heat and humidty and rodent and roach infestations constituted unsafe and unhealthy conditions of confinement in violation of the Eighth Amendment.
Shafer v. Sanchez
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 01/17/2023 Order Download Motion for preliminary and permanent injunctions denied. Texas Federal Court Denied Injunction in Prisoner’s Case Alleging that Excessive Heat Conditions Violated Eighth Amendment. The federal district court for the Southern District of Texas denied a motion for preliminary and permanent injunctions by a man incarcerated in a Texas state prison who alleged he was exposed to excessive heat and humidity and infestations of rodents and roaches that constituted unsafe and unhealthy conditions of confinement in violation of the Eighth Amendment. The court said that a 2017 preliminary injunction in a class action alleging an Eighth Amendment violation regarding extreme heat exposure at another Texas prison did not establish that the plaintiff in this case had a substantial likelihood of success on his claim of deliberate indifference to excessive heat. Regarding whether the plaintiff established irreparable injury, the court found that the plaintiff’s citation of testimony from the other case about facility conditions and the effects of climate change did not dispute the finding that temperature conditions at the plaintiff’s facility did not create a current threat to his health. 07/13/2022 Report and Recommendation Download Magistrate judge submitted memorandum and recommendation to deny plaintiff's motion for default judgment. 04/19/2022 Report and Recommendation Download Magistrate judge submitted memorandum and recommendation to deny plaintiff's motion for preliminary and permanent injunction. 04/15/2022 Complaint Download Amended complaint filed. 03/11/2022 Complaint Download Complaint filed. 03/11/2022 Motion Download Memorandum of law filed in support of preliminary and permanent injunctions.