Case: In Re: Jail Population, St. Landry Parish

3:82-cv-00849 | U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana

Filed Date: Sept. 21, 1982

Closed Date: 1997

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Case Summary

On September 21, 1982, under 42 U.S.C § 1983, suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana against St. Landry Parish, Louisiana officials, concerning the population at the St. Landry Parish Jail. According to the PACER docket, a Stipulation and Consent Decree was filed the same day and the case was closed. Subsequently, another Stipulation and Consent Decree was filed on August 8, 1983. The sheriff, fire marshal, and health officer for St. Landry Parish agre…

On September 21, 1982, under 42 U.S.C § 1983, suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana against St. Landry Parish, Louisiana officials, concerning the population at the St. Landry Parish Jail. According to the PACER docket, a Stipulation and Consent Decree was filed the same day and the case was closed.

Subsequently, another Stipulation and Consent Decree was filed on August 8, 1983. The sheriff, fire marshal, and health officer for St. Landry Parish agreed to population specifications regarding the new St. Landry Parish Jail. Specifically, the parties agreed to the maximum number of incarcerated individuals housed in each cell block on the facility's three floors. The Decree also included staffing requirements for the new jail, outlining the number of guards to be on duty for each floor. The court (Judge Frank J. Polozola) entered the Decree on August 9, 1983.

On January 10, 1985, the parties filed an Amended Consent Decree, approved by the court (Judge Polozola) the same day. This Amended Decree adjusted the number of people permitted on each floor, and it included guidelines for the number of guards to be on duty in proportion to the number of people incarcerated at the jail at any given time.

On August 4, 1994, the case was reopened. According to the PACER docket, on August 30, 1995, the court granted a motion for a new Consent Decree and approved an Amended Stipulation, permitting a total of eight people to be housed at the Sunset City Jail. The case was closed on December 27, 1997.

We have only the docket, Consent Decree and Amended Consent Decree on file, so we have no further information on this case.

Summary Authors

Laura Uberti (6/11/2006)

People


Judge(s)

Polozola, Frank Joseph (Louisiana)

Judge(s)

Polozola, Frank Joseph (Louisiana)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket

In Re: St. Landry Parish

Oct. 14, 2005 Docket

Stipulation and Consent Decree

Aug. 8, 1983 Order/Opinion

Amended Consent Decree

Jan. 9, 1985 Order/Opinion

Resources

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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

STIPULATIONA & Consent Decree...issnot (bm) (Entered: 08/25/1994)

Sept. 21, 1982

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

Sept. 22, 1982
10

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
11

MOTION by Sunset City Jail For a New Consent Decree (rgm) (Entered: 07/24/1995)

July 24, 1995
12

ORDER granting [11-1] motion For a New Consent Decree ...It is ordered that the foregoing Amendment to Stipulation be and it is hereby approved as the Order of this Court permitting a total of 8 inmates tobe housed at the Sunset City Jail, which may include 1 State inmate trustee, provided that 1 Officer will be on duty at all times. ( signed by Judge Frank J. Polozola ), issued notices. (hcj) (Entered: 08/31/1995)

Aug. 30, 1995

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

Dec. 23, 1997

State / Territory: Louisiana

Case Type(s):

Jail Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: Sept. 21, 1982

Closing Date: 1997

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Inmates at St. Landry Parish Jail

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Unknown

Filed Pro Se: Unknown

Class Action Sought: Unknown

Class Action Outcome: Unknown

Defendants

St. Landry Parish (St. Landry), County

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

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

Issues

General:

Fire safety

Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)

Crowding:

Crowding / caseload

Type of Facility:

Government-run