United States District Court, D. Nebraska
February 18, 2015
ELITA GLASGOW, Special Administrator of the Estate of Curtis Bradford, Plaintiff,
STATE OF NEBRASKA; DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES; ROBERT HOUSTON, Retired Director, Department of Correctional Services, in his official and individual capacities; DR. CAMERON WHITE, Behavioral Health Administrator for the Department of Correctional Services, in his official and individual capacities; CORRECT CARE SOLUTIONS; DR. RANDY KOHL, in his official and individual capacities, CITY OF OMAHA, JOHN DOE 1-100, and COUNTY OF DOUGLAS, JOHN DOE 1-100, Defendants.
LYLE E. STROM, Senior District Judge.
This matter is before the Court on four related motions to dismiss this action pursuant to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 12(b)(3) and 12(b)(6). The four movants are Correct Care Solutions ("CCS") (Filing No. 8), Douglas County and its 100 John Doe defendants ("County Defendants") (Filing No. 10), the City of Omaha and its 100 John Doe defendants ("City Defendants") (Filing No. 13), and defendants Robert Houston, Randy Kohl, Cameron White, and the State of Nebraska, Department of Corrections (collectively, the "State Defendants") (Filing No. 17). The matter has been fully briefed and is ready for disposition. After review of the motions, briefs, indices of evidence, and relevant case law, the Court finds as follows.
Plaintiff Velita Glasgow ("Glasgow") is the mother of Curtis Bradford ("Bradford"). Bradford was a victim of serial killer, Nikko Jenkins ("Jenkins"). Bradford and Jenkins were acquaintances in prison. Upon Jenkins' release, they reconnected and Bradford was killed. Jenkins entered a plea of nolo contendere in state court and was found guilty of the murder of Bradford, in addition to the murders of Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz, Juan Uribe-Pena, and Andrea Kruger.
Glasgow, as special administrator of her son's estate, brought the instant action for various negligence claims and violations of her son's constitutional rights under Title 42, Sections 1983 and 1988(a) in federal court. Glasgow has amended her complaint (Filing No. 5). All defendants moved for dismissal.
In her amended complaint, Glasgow brings Nine Causes of Action against the defendants in their official and individual capacities. In the First Cause of Action, Glasgow claims that actions and inactions of the defendants deprived Bradford of his life and liberty without due process of law (Filing No. 5, at 11-13). In the Second Cause of Action, Glasgow states that she seeks punitive damages, compensatory damages, and attorneys' fees for Bradford's fear and conscious pain of impending death (Id. at 14). In the Third Cause of Action, Glasgow seeks compensation for Bradford's health care and funeral expenses (Id. at 14-15).
In the Fourth Cause of Action, Glasgow seeks damages from the State Defendants for their negligence in allowing Jenkins' release when they knew that Jenkins may harm "the public" (Id. at 15-16). Like the Second Cause of Action, the Fifth Cause of Action seeks compensatory damages and attorneys' fees for Bradford's fear and conscious pain of impending death (Id. at 16-17). The differences between the Causes of Actions are that the Second asks for punitive damages and the Fifth does not seek punitive damages, and the Second focuses on all defendants while the Fifth focuses solely on the State Defendants ( Compare Filing No. 5, at 14 (Second Cause of Action), with Filing No. 5, at 16-17 (Fifth Cause of Action)). Similarly, the Sixth Cause of Action seeks compensation for Bradford's health care and funeral expenses from the State Defendants (Id. at 17; Compare Filing No. 5, at 14 (Third Cause of Action), with Filing No. 5, at 17 (Sixth Cause of Action)).
In the Seventh Cause of Action, Glasgow claims that the defendants violated their medical care obligations to Jenkins. According to Glasgow, the citizens of Nebraska, including Bradford, have a right to assert inmates' rights. Glasgow seeks compensatory damages and attorneys' fees (Filing No. 5, 18-19). The Eighth Cause of Action echos the same claims for damages as the Fifth and the Second Causes of Action. (Id. at 19-20; Filing No. 5, at 14 (Second Cause of Action), and Filing No. 5, at 16-17 (Fifth Cause of Action), with Filing No. 5, at 19-20 (Eighth Cause of Action)). The Ninth and final Cause of Action is another request for health care and funeral expenses (Filing No. 5, at 20; Compare Filing No. 5, at 14 (Third Cause of Action), and Filing No. 5, at 17 (Sixth Cause of Action), with Filing No. 5, at 20 (Ninth Cause of Action)).
The Court will analyze these Causes of Action in four parts: § 1983 actions (First, Second, and Third Causes of Action), the negligence claims against State Defendants and CCS (Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Causes of Action), the defendants' violation of Jenkins' rights (Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Causes of Action), and the motions to dismiss from the City, County, and CCS (All Causes of Action).
II. LEGAL STANDARDS
The Court has an obligation to consider sua sponte whether it has subject matter jurisdiction over a case. Thomas v. United Steelworkers Local 1938, 743 F.3d 1134, 1139 (8th Cir. 2014). The Court "must raise jurisdictional issues when there is an indication that jurisdiction is lacking, even if the parties concede the issue.'" Id. (quoting Thomas v. Basham, 931 F.2d 521, 523 (8th Cir. 1991)). Suits are subject to dismissal when the court lacks subject matter jurisdiction to hear the matter. Fed.R.Civ.P. 12(b)(1). The party asserting jurisdiction bears the burden of proving that jurisdiction is proper. Great Rivers Habitat Alliance v. FEMA, 615 F.3d 985, 988 (8th Cir. 2010).
To survive a motion to dismiss pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6), the plaintiff must allege "enough facts to state a claim to relief that is plausible on its face." Bell Atl. Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 570 (2007). Determining whether a complaint states a plausible claim for relief is "a context-specific task" that requires the court "to draw on its judicial experience and common sense." Id. at 556. Under Twombly, a court considering a motion to dismiss may begin by identifying pleadings that, because they are no more than conclusions, are not entitled to the assumption of truth. Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662, 664 (2009). Although legal conclusions "can provide the framework of a complaint, they must be supported by factual allegations." Id. Accordingly, the Supreme Court has prescribed a "two-pronged approach" for evaluating Rule 12(b)(6) challenges. Id. First, a court should divide the allegations between factual and legal allegations; factual allegations should be accepted as true, but legal allegations should be disregarded. Id. Second, the factual allegations must be examined for facial plausibility. Id.
"A claim has facial plausibility when the plaintiff pleads factual content that allows the court to draw the reasonable inference that the defendant is liable for the misconduct alleged." Id. at 677-78 (stating that the plausibility standard does not require a probability, but asks for more than a mere possibility that a defendant has acted unlawfully). A court must find "enough factual matter (taken as true) to suggest" that "discovery will reveal evidence" of the elements of the claim. Twombly, 550 U.S. at 558, 556. When the allegations in a complaint, however true, could not raise a claim of entitlement to relief, the complaint should be dismissed for failure to state a claim under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6). Id. at 558; Iqbal, 556 U.S. at 679.
A. FIRST THEORY: § 1983 ACTIONS
As a preliminary matter, the plaintiff believes the defendants have waived their Sovereign Immunity defense and that the Court should therefore deny the defendants' motion to dismiss the First, Second, and Third Causes of Action against Nebraska and its employees for lack of subject matter jurisdiction pursuant to the Eleventh Amendment to the United States Constitution and the doctrine of Sovereign Immunity. Filing No. 25, at 2-3. This action was never in state court and was not removed. See generally Filing No. 1. Therefore, the holding of Lapides v. Board of Regents, 535 U.S. 613 (2002) is not relevant in this case.
1. NEBRASKA AND THE OFFICIAL CAPACITIES OF HOUSTON, WHITE, AND KOHL
Pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, Glasgow asserts three claims against the State Defendants in their official capacities, for violating Bradford's Fourteenth Amendment rights. "[A] State is not a person' against whom a § 1983 claim for money damages might be asserted." Lapides v. Bd. of Regents, 535 U.S. 613, 617 (2002) (citing Will v. Mich. Dept. of State Police, 491 U.S. 58, 66 (1989)). Also, "[a] suit against a State employee in his or her official capacity is, in reality, a claim against the State itself." Will, 491 U.S. at 71. Because Glasgow seeks monetary damages against Nebraska and its employees, Nebraska's motion to dismiss plaintiff's First, Second, and Third claims against Nebraska and the official capacities of Houston, White, and Kohl will be granted pursuant to the doctrine of Sovereign Immunity.
2. THE INDIVIDUAL CAPACITIES OF HOUSTON, WHITE, AND KOHL
Glasgow also asserts these three § 1983 claims against Nebraska employees, in their individual capacities, for violating Bradford's Constitutional rights. The State defendants claim the Court should dismiss the claims because these claims offer no cognizable Constitutional claim, that the "State-created-danger doctrine" does not apply in this case, and the doctrine of qualified immunity shields the defendants from liability. Filing No. 18, at 14-21.
"The first inquiry in any § 1983 suit... is whether the plaintiff has been deprived of a right secured by the Constitution and laws' of the United States." Martinez v. California, 444 U.S. 277 (1980) (citing Baker v. McCollan, 443 U.S. 137 (1979)). Glasgow claims Nebraska and its employees encouraged the denial of, and denied, Bradford's right to life and liberty without due process by setting into motion the release of Jenkins which led to Bradford's murder. Filing No. 4, at 11-13.
Glasgow has failed to plead that Bradford was deprived of a right secured by the Constitution and laws of the United States. The defendants did not contravene Bradford's right to life or liberty without due process of law. This argument, in the context of this case and these facts, has well established law contrary to Glasgow's arguments.
The United States Supreme Court offers one such example in Martinez v. California . In Martinez, the State of California released a parolee who killed a girl five months after his release from jail. Martinez, 444 U.S. at 279. Survivors of the girl brought a § 1983 action against the state. The Court ultimately held:
Her life was taken by the parolee five months after his release. He was in no sense an agent of the parole board. Further, the parole board was not aware that appellants' decedent, as distinguished from the public at large, faced any special danger. We need not and do not decide that a parole officer could never be deemed to "deprive" someone of life by action taken in connection with the release of a prisoner on parole. But we do hold that at least under the particular circumstances of this parole decision, appellants' decedent's death is too remote a consequence of the parole officers' action to hold them responsible under the federal civil rights law. Although a § 1983 claim has been described as "a species of tort liability, " it is perfectly clear that not every injury in which a state official has played some part is actionable under that statute.
Id. at 285 (internal citations omitted).
Glasgow considers this reading of Martinez "myopic" and then highlights one line of that opinion: "We need not and do not decide that a parole officer could never be deemed to deprive' someone of life by action taken in connection with the release of a prisoner on parole." Id.
Subsequent opinions have broadened the Martinez opinion from a mere footnote. In Martinez, the Court relied upon the five-month time frame in making its findings, and the Court refused to rule on whether a parole officer could ever be "deemed to deprive' someone of life by action taken in connection with the release of a prisoner on parole." Id. However, in the wake of Martinez, several Circuit Courts have declined to impute liability under § 1983 to the individuals who released inmates for the actions of those released from state incarceration within shorter intervals. Lovins v. Lee, 53 F.3d 1208 (11th Cir. 1995); Davis v. Fulton County, 90 F.3d 1346 (8th Cir. 1996); Fox v. Custis, 712 F.2d 84 (4th Cir. 1983); Bowers v. DeVito, 686 F.2d 616, 618 (7th Cir. 1982).
Nine years afer the Martinez decision, the Supreme Court delivered its opinion in DeShaney v. Winnebago County Dep't of Social Services, 489 U.S. 189 (1989). Therein, the Supreme Court established the special relationship doctrine to determine whether the Fourteenth Amendment requires a state to protect its citizens from invasion by private citizens. Id. at 195-96. The Court held that there are certain limited circumstances in which "the Constitution imposes upon the State affirmative duties of care and protection with respect to particular individuals." Id. at 198. "The affirmative duty to protect arises not from the State's knowledge of the individual's predicament or from its expressions of intent to help, but from the limitation which it has imposed on [one's] freedom to act on [one's] own behalf." Id. at 198 (citing Estelle v. Gamble, 429 U.S. 97, 103 (1995)). Without these special circumstances, a § 1983 action must fail. See id. at 197. In no event could discovery uncover evidence that Bradford was in the special circumstances articulated in DeShaney and the plaintiff was unable to argue to the contrary. See Filing No. 25 at 14-15. To the extent that Glasgow argues that a special relationship existed between Bradford and the Nebraska defendants, those arguments will be addressed below.
Due Process can also require the state to protect individuals when the state created the danger to which the individuals are subjected. Fields v. Abbott, 652 F.3d 886, 890 (8th Cir. 2011), Estate of Johnson v. Weber, No. CIV 12-4084, 2014 WL 2002882, at *5 (D.S.D. May 15, 2014). To succeed on the state-created danger theory of substantive due process, Glasgow must prove the following:
(1) that [Bradford] was a member of a limited, precisely definable group, (2) that the defendants' conduct put [him] at a significant risk of serious, immediate, and proximate harm, (3) that the risk was obvious or known to the defendants, (4) that the defendants acted recklessly in conscious disregard of the risk, and (5) that in total, the defendants' conduct shocks the conscience.
Fields, 652 F.3d at 891, Johnson, No. CIV 12-4084, 2014 WL 2002882, at *6. Bradford was not a member of a limited, precisely definable group. In her § 1983 actions, Glasgow avoids referring to Bradford as a member of the public, but in the Fourth Cause of Action, she referred to him as a member of the public. Filing No. 5, at 15-16. Membership in the general public is not tantamount to membership in a limited, precisely definable group. Glasgow has failed to establish that Bradford was a member of a limited, precisely definable group because the general public is not such a group.
Therefore, Glasgow fails to articulate a cognizable Constitutional claim, the special relationship doctrine does not apply to this case, and the "State-created-danger doctrine" also does not apply in this case. The Court need not turn to the issue of qualified immunity. For the foregoing reasons, Glasgow's First, Second, and Third claims against Houston, White, and Kohl in their individual capacities will be dismissed. Martinez, 444 U.S. at 285, DeShaney, 489 U.S. 189 (1989) , Davis v. Fulton County, 90 F.3d 1346 (8th Cir. 1996), Fields v. Abbott, 652 F.3d 886, 890 (8th Cir. 2011); see also Lovins v. Lee, 53 F.3d 1208 (11th Cir. 1995); Fox v. Custis, 712 F.2d 84 (4th Cir. 1983); Bowers v. DeVito, 686 F.2d 616, 618 (7th Cir. 1982), Estate of Johnson v. Weber, No. CIV 12-4084, 2014 WL 2002882, at *5 (D.S.D. May 15, 2014).
B. SECOND THEORY: NEGLIGENCE CLAIMS AGAINST STATE DEFENDANTS
1. STATE TORT CLAIM ACT
The issue before the Court is whether it has jurisdiction over Glasgow's remaining tort claims against Houston, White, and Kohl, in their official capacities, when Glasgow prematurely removed her tort claim from the State of Nebraska Risk Manager ("NRM") approximately three months before meeting the requisite statutory period. Nebraska courts only have jurisdiction in official-capacity tort claims if the plaintiff files the claim with the NRM and the claim remains in the NRM for no less than six months, or if the NRM makes a disposition. Neb. Rev. Stat. § 81-8, 213, Geddes v. York County, 273 Neb. 271, 729 N.W.2d 661 (2007) (finding the district court did not err in granting summary judgment for the defendant when plaintiff prematurely withdrew her tort claim from NRM and filed suit just one day before expiration of six month period). Glasgow removed her NRM claim, filed suit only three months after filing her claim with the NRM, and the NRM never disposed of the matter. See Filing No. 19-2 (NRM claim form dated May 21, 2014), Filing No. 1 (filed August 18, 2014). Therefore, Glasgow has failed to comply with the statute. The State Defendants' motion to dismiss the Fourth through the Ninth Causes of Action against Houston, White, and Kohl, in their official capacities will be granted. Consequently, all claims against Houston, White, and Kohl, in their official capacities will be dismissed.
2. DISCRETIONARY FUNCTION
Alternatively, the State defendants move to dismiss Glasgow's Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Causes of Action against Houston, White, and Kohl in their official capacities pursuant to the Discretionary Function Exception. The State Tort Claims Act governs state law tort claims brought against State officials acting within the course and scope of their employment. See Doe v. Bd. of Regents, 280 Neb. 492, 512 788 N.W.2d 264, 282 (2010); Neb. Rev. Stat. § 81-8, 209. This statute provides a limited waiver of Nebraska's Sovereign Immunity for many tort claims, but it also lists exceptions to that waiver. Id.; Neb. Rev. Stat. § 81-8, 219. A defendant may affirmatively plead that the plaintiff has failed to state a cause of action because an exception to the waiver of Sovereign Immunity applies. Id. at 513.
Among the Tort Claim Act's exceptions is the "discretionary function exception, " which reads as follows:
The State Tort Claims Act shall not apply to... [a]ny claim based upon an act or omission of an employee of the state, exercising due care, in the execution of a statute, rule, or regulation... based upon the exercise or performance or the failure to exercise or perform a discretionary function or duty on the part of a state agency or an employee of the state, whether or not the discretion is abused.
Neb. Rev. Stat. § 81-8, 219(1). Therefore, any state employee's action or inaction in a discretionary function cannot be the basis for liability under the Act because Nebraska preserves its Sovereign Immunity under this doctrine. Jasa By and Through Jasa v. Douglas County, 244 Neb. 944, 955, 510 N.W.2d 281, 288 (1994) (quoting Wickersham v. State, 218 Neb. 175, 180, 354 N.W.2d 134, 138-39 (1984)). A discretionary function exception is when a governmental executive or administrator has discretion to act according to one's judgment of the best course to be taken. See id.
The State defendants state that Glasgow failed to allege in her Amended Complaint that the State defendants had no discretion (1) in failing to grant or withhold Jenkins' good time credits, or (2) in declining to pursue a civil commitment of Jenkins. Filing No. 18, at 30-31. Because Glasgow did not plead that the State defendants lacked discretion in these two matters, the defendants argue, the discretionary function exception requires dismissal.
a. "GOOD TIME"
Insofar as Glasgow alleges negligence in the defendants' calculation of Jenkins' good time, the Court finds the discretionary function exception shields the defendants from liability. The Nebraska "good time law" reads as follows:
While the offender is in the custody of the department, reductions of terms granted pursuant to subdivision (2)(a) of this section may be forfeited, withheld, and restored by the chief executive officer of the facility with the approval of the director after the offender has been notified regarding the charges of misconduct.
Neb. Rev. Stat. § 83-1, 107(3). In Jasa By and Through Jasa, the Nebraska Supreme Court interpreted the word "may" in a Nebraska statute to mean that a government agency "had the power to make bacterial meningitis a reportable disease." Jasa By and Through Jasa, 244 Neb. at 962, 510 N.W.2d 281, 291 (construing Neb. Rev. Stat. § 71-503.01). The Court ultimately ruled that this language made the statutes discretionary and therefore the discretionary function exception shielded Douglas County under the Tort Claim Act. Id. at 292, 510 N.W.2d at 963.
It is obvious from the language of Nebraska Revised Statute Section 83-1, 107(3) that the forfeiture, withholding, and restoration of "good time credits" are within the purview and shared discretion of the chief executive officer of the facility with the approval of the director. No argument can overcome the clear and plain meaning of this statute, and the Court finds that the language of the statute is discretionary. Therefore, the State defendants' motion to dismiss all claims against them in their official capacity based upon a violation or negligent application of the good-time credit statute will be granted.
b. CIVIL COMMITMENT
Glasgow also claims to have been injured by the failure of the State defendants to follow state mandated civil commitment procedures for Jenkins. State defendants seek to dismiss this allegation against the defendants in their official capacity. The statute in question reads as follows:
Any person who believes that another person is mentally ill and dangerous may communicate such belief to the county attorney.... If the county attorney concurs that such person is mentally ill and dangerous and that neither voluntary hospitalization nor other treatment alternatives less restrictive of the subject's liberty than inpatient or outpatient treatment ordered by a mental health board is available or would suffice to prevent the harm described in section 71-908, he or she shall file a petition as provided in this section.
Neb. Rev. Stat. § 71-921(1). For the same reasons stated above, the Court construes the meaning of the word "may" as used here to be discretionary. In addition, the county attorney's duty to concur with such reports is discretionary because the statute conditions the county attorney's power upon his concurrence. Therefore, the defendants' motion to dismiss Glasgow's claims against the State defendants in their official capacity insofar as they plead allegations which fall within the Discretionary Function Exception will be granted.
3. INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY
The State defendants move to dismiss Glasgow's Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Causes of Action for various reasons. First, the defendants maintain that, because Glasgow alleges that Houston, White, and Kohl acted within the scope and course of their employment with the State of Nebraska, Glasgow's sole recourse is to file claims against them in their official capacities. Filing No. 18, at 27 (citing Young v. Douglas County, No. 8:07CV265, 2009WL2568061, at *1 (D. Neb. Aug. 19, 2009)). Pursuant to the Nebraska Supreme Court case, Bohl v. Buffalo County , the Court will analyze whether Glasgow may assert claims against the remaining defendants in their individual capacities. The issue is whether the defendants acted solely within their capacities as employees of the State of Nebraska. If the defendants "did not act within the scope of [their] employment, " Glasgow may pursue her claim against them in their individual capacities; however if it is determined that the defendants "did act within the scope of [their] employment, " Glasgow would have had to comply with the requisites set out in the State Tort Claims Act. Filing No. 18, at 27-28 (citing Young, No. 8:07CV265, 2009WL2568061, at *6; Big Crow v. City of Rushville, 266 Neb. 750, 755, 669 N.W.2d 63, 67 (Neb. 2003)); See also No. 8:07CV265, Filing No. 216, at 48 (quoting Bohl v. Buffalo County, 251 Neb. 492, 500, 557 N.W.2d 668, 674 (1997)). Glasgow disputes the conclusion that the defendants acted solely within the scope of their employment. Filing No. 25, at 12-13. Glasgow cites to § 1983 precedent in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to argue that Congress intended § 1983 actions to reach both individual and official capacities. This argument is without merit. The Court is analyzing Nebraska tort claims made under Nebraska law - not § 1983 actions. Under Nebraska law, the defendants' motion to dismiss all remaining Causes of Action against Houston, White, and Kohl, in their individual capacities will be granted. All claims against Houston, White, and Kohl, in their individual and official capacities will be dismissed.
C. THIRD THEORY: VIOLATION OF JENKINS' RIGHTS
Glasgow's third theory is untenable. In order to prevail in a negligence claim under Nebraska law, a plaintiff must prove a legal duty owed by the defendant to the plaintiff, a breach of such duty, causation, and damages. Gaytan v. Wal-Mart, 289 Neb. 49, 56, 853 N.W.2d 181, 192 (2014) (citing A.W. v. Lancaster Cty. Sch. Dist. 0001, 280 Neb. 205, 784 N.W.2d 907 (2010)). "The duty in a negligence case is to conform to the legal standard of reasonable conduct in the light of the apparent risk." Id. at 56-57, 853 N.W.2d 192. "The question whether a legal duty exists for actionable negligence is a question of law dependent on the facts in a particular situation." Id. "But it is for the fact finder to determine, on the facts of each individual case, whether or not the evidence establishes a breach of that duty." A.W., 280 Neb. at 210-11, 784 N.W.2d 907, 913. In order to evaluate whether a tort duty exists, courts consider "(1) the magnitude of the risk, (2) the relationship of the parties, (3) the nature of the attendant risk, (4) the opportunity and ability to exercise care... and  the policy interest in the proposed solution." Id. at 211, 784 N.W.2d 907 , 913-14; see also id. at 218, 748 N.W.2d at 918 stating ("foreseeability is not a factor to be considered by courts when making determinations of duty).
The issue in the Third theory is essentially a question of standing. In Glasgow's complaint, the plaintiff attempts to blend different theories into a cognizable negligence claim. First, Glasgow argues that the defendants owed a duty to Jenkins, as a Nebraska inmate, and the defendants breached that duty. See Filing No. 5, at 18. Assuming, without deciding, that such a duty and breach exists, the duty does not apply to Bradford. There is no relationship between Bradford and Jenkins' care while incarcerated. There is no risk to Bradford for the defendants' breach in caring for Jenkins. Policy considerations also weigh heavily into this finding. If Bradford can assert Jenkins' breached-duty claim, what would stop any citizen from asserting the breached-duty claim of anyone and everyone? Therefore, Glasgow cannot seek damages for the defendants' alleged breach-of-duty to Jenkins.
In order to include Bradford, Glasgow asserts a second, but very similar, purported duty, to wit, the defendants owed a duty to all citizens of Nebraska to correctly evaluate and treat inmates pursuant to contract and law. See id. This asserted duty is beyond the strictures of law for many of the reasons previously discussed. The magnitude of risk is minimal. The failure of Nebraska and its employees to adequately care for inmates has very little, if any, direct effect on the non-incarcerated citizens Nebraska. Similarly, the relationship between non-incarcerated Nebraskans and incarcerated Nebraskans is tenuous in terms of duties. Furthermore, policy interests discourage suits from non-incarcerated Nebraskans concerning the care of incarcerated Nebraskans. For the foregoing reasons, the Court finds that the defendants owed no duty to Bradford or Glasgow concerning Jenkins' care while incarcerated. Therefore, defendants' motions to dismiss the Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Causes of Action against all defendants will be granted.
D. ALL CLAIMS AS AGAINST CITY DEFENDANTS, COUNTY DEFENDANTS, AND CCS
The motions of the City Defendants, County Defendants, and CCS to dismiss Glasgow's claims should be granted. First, the amended complaint is simply devoid of any plausible allegation against these defendants. As discussed above, Glasgow's amended complaint fails to articulate a cognizable Constitutional claim. Furthermore, in her reply brief, Glasgow ethereally states that the City and County Defendants knew of Jenkins' criminal activities and criminal propensity. The knowledge of a criminal's history or propensity for recidivism are not claims upon which relief can be granted. If the knowledge of criminals, past or future, were a violation of the Constitution, nearly every government employee would be mired in perpetual litigation.
As to CCS, Glasgow failed to plead in the § 1983 Causes of Action that CCS engaged in an unconstitutional policy or custom. See Filing No. 5, Smith v. Insley's Inc., 499 F.3d 875, 880 (8th Cir. 2007); Crumpley-Patterson v. Trinity Luth. Hosp., 388 F.3d 588, 590 (8th Cir. 2004).
Second, Glasgow failed to address numerous arguments raised by the City Defendants, County Defendants, and CCS. See Filing No. 25, at 15; Filing No. 27, at 4. Pursuant to Nebraska Local Rule of Civil Procedure Section 39.2(c), the Court deems that Glasgow has abandoned those arguments. For these reasons, the motions of the City Defendants, the County Defendants, and CCS (Filing No. 10, Filing No. 13, Filing No. 8, respectively) to dismiss all claims against them will be granted. A separate order will be entered in accordance with this memorandum opinion.