Case: Jackson v. County of Isabella

2:12-cv-14807 | U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Filed Date: Oct. 30, 2012

Closed Date: 2013

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Case Summary

On October 30, 2012, five prisoners at the Isabella County Correctional Facility in Mount Pleasant, MI filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Eastern Michigan against the County of Isabella, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiffs, represented by the ACLU of Michigan, asked the court for declaratory, injunctive and monetary relief, alleging that the facility's lack of exercise time violated the Eighth Amendment's prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment. Additionall…

On October 30, 2012, five prisoners at the Isabella County Correctional Facility in Mount Pleasant, MI filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Eastern Michigan against the County of Isabella, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiffs, represented by the ACLU of Michigan, asked the court for declaratory, injunctive and monetary relief, alleging that the facility's lack of exercise time violated the Eighth Amendment's prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment. Additionally, the two female prisoners brought a claim under the Fourteenth Amendment's equal protection clause, alleging that the facility's unwillingness to allow females to serve as "trustees" or participate in community service programs constituted a violation, since participation in those programs led to early release.

The case was settled on August 23, 2013, following limited litigation. The settlement, in the form of a stipulated order of dismissal, called for the Court to maintain jurisdiction over the case until August 15, 2018. The order called for a new policy allowing recreation time for all prisoners for at least one hour a day, five days a week. Additionally, the parties agreed to a new policy allowing both male and female prisoners to participate in the "trustee" and community service programs, with efforts to maintain a ratio consistent with the population at the facility. The settlement also called for an award of $3,000 for each of the female plaintiffs and $60,000 in attorneys' fees.

Summary Authors

Jonathan Forman (11/10/2013)

People


Judge(s)

Lawson, David M. (Michigan)

Majzoub, Mona K. (Michigan)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Korobkin, Daniel S. (Michigan)

Manville, Daniel E. (Michigan)

Mehta, Sarah L. (Michigan)

Moss, Kary L. (Michigan)

Steinberg, Michael J. (Michigan)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Gray, Todd A. (Ohio)

Gutkoski, Joseph H. (Ohio)

Judge(s)

Lawson, David M. (Michigan)

Majzoub, Mona K. (Michigan)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Korobkin, Daniel S. (Michigan)

Manville, Daniel E. (Michigan)

Mehta, Sarah L. (Michigan)

Moss, Kary L. (Michigan)

Steinberg, Michael J. (Michigan)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Gray, Todd A. (Ohio)

Gutkoski, Joseph H. (Ohio)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

2:12-cv-14807

Docket

Aug. 23, 2013

Aug. 23, 2013

Docket
1

2:12-cv-14807

Complaint

Oct. 30, 2012

Oct. 30, 2012

Complaint
23

2:12-cv-14807

Stipulated Order of Dismissal

Aug. 23, 2013

Aug. 23, 2013

Settlement Agreement

Resources

Docket

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Case Details

State / Territory: Michigan

Case Type(s):

Jail Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: Oct. 30, 2012

Closing Date: 2013

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Prisoners at the Isabella County Correctional Facility who were denied exercise and recreation time, and female prisoners at the same facility who were denied equal opportunity to leadership opportunities and community service within the prison

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

ACLU of Michigan

ACLU Affiliates (any)

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Denied

Defendants

County of Isabella (Isabella), County

Defendant Type(s):

Corrections

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Constitutional Clause(s):

Equal Protection

Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Monetary Relief

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Attorneys fees

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Amount Defendant Pays: $66,000

Order Duration: 2012 - 2018

Content of Injunction:

Monitoring

Issues

General:

Conditions of confinement

Recreation / Exercise

Discrimination-basis:

Sex discrimination

Affected Gender:

Female

Type of Facility:

Government-run