Case: Inmates of the Riverside County Jail v. Clark

Unknown | California state trial court

Filed Date: 1981

Closed Date: July 12, 1983

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Case Summary

Sometime in 1981, thirty-one prisoners at the Riverside County Jail at Indio filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of California for the County of Riverside against the County Sheriff, challenging their conditions of confinement under the state and federal constitutions. Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged that the jail was overcrowded and understaffed and that it failed to meet basic sanitation standards. After extensive hearings, the Superior Court (Judge Warren Slaughter) issued a comprehen…

Sometime in 1981, thirty-one prisoners at the Riverside County Jail at Indio filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of California for the County of Riverside against the County Sheriff, challenging their conditions of confinement under the state and federal constitutions. Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged that the jail was overcrowded and understaffed and that it failed to meet basic sanitation standards.

After extensive hearings, the Superior Court (Judge Warren Slaughter) issued a comprehensive remedial order. The order required, among other things, that the Sheriff (1) increase prisoners' weekly outdoor exercise time, (2) implement a sanitary clothing and linen exchange system, (3) keep the large metal security doors to the housing units open except in emergencies so that disturbances and prisoner communications could be heard, (4) staff the facility adequately, and (5) not allow any housing unit to be filled past rated capacity except in emergencies.

On appeal, the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth District, Division Two (Presiding Justice Margaret Morris) affirmed. In an order dated July 12, 1983, the Court of Appeal found that the Superior Court had correctly applied the proper standard to determine constitutional deficiency. Inmates of the Riverside Cnty. Jail v. Clark, 192 Cal. Rptr. 823 (Cal. Ct. App. 1983). It amended the order only to have the Superior Court reconsider its decision regarding the metal security door in light of the Sheriff's subsequent experience and to give the Sheriff more time to find adequate staff.

No further information is available on this case as of the writing of this summary.

Summary Authors

Christopher Schad (7/18/2012)

People


Judge(s)

Morris, Margaret (California)

Judge(s)

Morris, Margaret (California)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Civ. No. 27464

Opinion [Affirming the Superior Court's Remedial Order]

California state appellate court

192 Cal.Rptr. 823

July 12, 1983

July 12, 1983

Order/Opinion

Resources

Docket

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Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

Case Details

State / Territory: California

Case Type(s):

Jail Conditions

Special Collection(s):

California Jail Population Caps

Key Dates

Filing Date: 1981

Closing Date: July 12, 1983

Case Ongoing: No reason to think so

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

prisoners at the Riverside County Jail

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Unknown

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

County of Riverside (Riverside), County

Defendant Type(s):

Corrections

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Habeas Corpus, 28 U.S.C. §§ 2241-2253; 2254; 2255

Constitutional Clause(s):

Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Availably Documents:

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Non-settlement Outcome

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Litigation

Issues

General:

Assault/abuse by residents/inmates/students

Recreation / Exercise

Sanitation / living conditions

Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)

Crowding:

Crowding / caseload

Pre-PLRA Population Cap

Medical/Mental Health:

Medical care, general

Type of Facility:

Government-run