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Saldana v. Secretary Florida Department of Corrections et al (20-CV-20178-RNS) Posted 06/19/2020

Plaintiff, Eliseo Gonzalez Saldana, is a prisoner proceeding in this matter in forma pauperis and is currently incarcerated at Columbia Correctional Institution, in Lake City, Florida. Plaintiff’s Complaint has been authorized to proceed in part after the Court’s screening of the Complaint pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1915.

In Plaintiff’s Complaint, his sole surviving claim alleges that his constitutional rights were violated while he was incarcerated at Dade Correctional Institution. The one remaining defendant is a prison official named J. Mendez, who is sued in his individual capacity, and who Plaintiff claims was deliberately indifferent to a serious risk of harm to Plaintiff.

In short, Plaintiff alleges that after being attacked by other inmates multiple at other prisons, he was transferred to Dade C.I. There, Plaintiff allegedly informed Defendant Mendez of the ongoing threats against him. Plaintiff alleges that Defendant Mendez ignored Plaintiff’s concerns and placed Plaintiff in open general population, resulting in Plaintiff being stabbed by another inmate.

Defendant Mendez has not yet been served and this case is at a very early stage. Volunteer representation would entail representing Plaintiff during all pretrial proceedings, including discovery, mediation, and at trial, if necessary. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

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