Case: In Re: Jail Population (St. John the Baptist Parish)

3:82-cv-00847 | U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana

Filed Date: Aug. 4, 1994

Closed Date: Dec. 23, 1997

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Case Summary

This is one of a collection of § 1983 cases filed in Louisiana federal courts to challenge the operation and conditions of confinement in the Louisiana prison system and in parish and city jails through Louisiana. These cases have worked their way through the federal courts for three decades.In an effort to avoid inconsistent decrees, in Hamilton v. Morial, 644 F.2d 351 (5th Cir. 1981) [See JC-LA-3 of this collection] the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered that all federal litigation agains…

This is one of a collection of § 1983 cases filed in Louisiana federal courts to challenge the operation and conditions of confinement in the Louisiana prison system and in parish and city jails through Louisiana. These cases have worked their way through the federal courts for three decades.

In an effort to avoid inconsistent decrees, in Hamilton v. Morial, 644 F.2d 351 (5th Cir. 1981) [See JC-LA-3 of this collection] the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered that all federal litigation against state, parish or local prison facilities, relating to population issues, be consolidated in the District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. Thereafter, many Louisiana state, parish, and city facilities entered into consent decrees which specified inmate population limits and officer-to-inmate ratios. Since 1981, those facilities were under the judicial oversight of District Judge Frank J. Polozola of the Middle District of Louisiana. Over the years Judge Polozola revised the decrees to adjust population caps and officer-to-prisoner ratios as necessary.

In this case, the original Consent Decree was approved and entered by the District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana on September 22, 1982 and the case was closed. The Decree set limits for the maximum number of people housed in the St. John Parish Detention Center and the St. John Parish Law Enforcement District.

On August 4, 1994, District Judge Polozola ordered that all cases involving population caps for parish prisons be reopened and reconsidered.

A revised Consent Decree was approved and entered by District Judge Polozola on January 24, 1997

On December 23, 1997, the case was again closed. The PACER docket notes no further activity.

Summary Authors

Dan Dalton (2/9/2007)

People


Judge(s)

Polozola, Frank Joseph (Louisiana)

Judge(s)

Polozola, Frank Joseph (Louisiana)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket (PACER)

Dec. 23, 1997 Docket

Stipulation and Consent Decree

In Re: Jail Population, St. John the Baptist Detention Center

Jan. 28, 1997 Order/Opinion

Resources

Title Description External URL

Docket

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

ECF Number Description Date Link

This case is skeleton docketed (rgm) (Entered: 08/26/1994)

Sept. 20, 1982
1

STIPULATION & Consent Decree...iss not (bm) (Entered: 08/25/1994)

Sept. 21, 1982

Case closed (bm) (Entered: 08/25/1994)

Sept. 22, 1982
2

ORDER...clerk shall reopen each case involving population limits for parish prisons, and city and local jails and lockups... ( signed by Judge Frank J. Polozola ), issued notices. (bm) (Entered: 08/25/1994)

Aug. 4, 1994

Set magistrate assignment. (bm) (Entered: 08/25/1994)

Aug. 4, 1994

Case reopened (bm) (Entered: 08/25/1994)

Aug. 4, 1994
3

FAX to FJP/Philip Hebert, warden of St. John Parish Prison re: Daily Headcount for St. John Parish Prison (rgm) (Entered: 03/01/1995)

March 1, 1995
4

FAX to FJP/Philip Herbert, Warden re: headcount of Sunday 2/26/95 (rgm) (Entered: 03/01/1995)

March 1, 1995

Case closed (rgm) (Entered: 12/23/1997)

Dec. 23, 1997

State / Territory: Louisiana

Case Type(s):

Jail Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: Aug. 4, 1994

Closing Date: Dec. 23, 1997

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Inmates in the St. John the Baptist Parish jail

Public Interest Lawyer: Unknown

Filed Pro Se: Unknown

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

St. John the Baptist Detention Center (St. John the Baptist), County

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Constitutional Clause(s):

Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Due Process

Due Process: Substantive Due Process

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

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: 1982 - None

Issues

General:

Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)

Crowding:

Crowding / caseload

Type of Facility:

Government-run