Case: Jackson v. Whitman

5:83-02031 | U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana

Filed Date: Aug. 24, 1983

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Case Summary

Prisoners at the Bienville Parish Jail filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against representatives of the parish in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. The plaintiffs alleged that their constitutional rights had been violated by inadequacies in the areas of living quarters, hygiene, food, security, medical and dental care, disciplinary procedures, communications, mail and visitation, access to courts, law library, recreation, and religion.On May 24, 1…

Prisoners at the Bienville Parish Jail filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against representatives of the parish in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. The plaintiffs alleged that their constitutional rights had been violated by inadequacies in the areas of living quarters, hygiene, food, security, medical and dental care, disciplinary procedures, communications, mail and visitation, access to courts, law library, recreation, and religion.

On May 24, 1985, the parties entered into a consent decree addressing each of the aforementioned issues, but on August 1, 1986, the plaintiffs asked the court to hold the defendants in contempt for failure to comply with the decree. On August 15, 1986, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana (Judge Thomas E. Stagg, Jr.) held the defendants in contempt of court for failure to comply with the terms of the consent decree, assessing fines and requiring the defendants to pay the attorneys' fees of the plaintiffs. Jackson v. Whitman, 642 F.Supp. 816 (W.D.La. 1986). We have no further record of the proceedings in this case.

Summary Authors

Kristen Sagar (3/14/2006)

People


Judge(s)

Stagg, Thomas E. Jr. (Louisiana)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Walker, Henry C. IV (Louisiana)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Blake, John (Louisiana)

Stokes, Douglas L. (Louisiana)

Welsh, Charles (Louisiana)

Judge(s)

Stagg, Thomas E. Jr. (Louisiana)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Walker, Henry C. IV (Louisiana)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Blake, John (Louisiana)

Stokes, Douglas L. (Louisiana)

Welsh, Charles (Louisiana)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Memorandum Ruling

642 F.Supp. 816, 1986 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 21480

Aug. 15, 1986 Order/Opinion

Docket

Last updated May 12, 2022, 8 p.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

State / Territory: Louisiana

Case Type(s):

Jail Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: Aug. 24, 1983

Case Ongoing: No reason to think so

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Prisoners at the Bienville Parish Jail

Public Interest Lawyer: Unknown

Filed Pro Se: Unknown

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

Bienville Parish (Bienville), County

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Constitutional Clause(s):

Due Process

Availably Documents:

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Order Duration: 1985 - None

Issues

General:

Access to lawyers or judicial system

Assault/abuse by staff

Classification / placement

Disciplinary procedures

Education

Food service / nutrition / hydration

Law library access

Mail

Phone

Recreation / Exercise

Religious programs / policies

Sanitation / living conditions

Totality of conditions

Visiting

Crowding:

Crowding / caseload

Medical/Mental Health:

Dental care

Medical care, unspecified

Type of Facility:

Government-run