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

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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
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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

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/12997053/jackson-v-isabella-county-of/

Last updated July 29, 2022, 3:02 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
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COMPLAINT filed by All Plaintiffs against All Defendants. Plaintiff requests summons issued. Receipt No: 0645-3787463 - Fee: $ 350. County of 1st Plaintiff: Isabella - County Where Action Arose: Isabella - County of 1st Defendant: Isabella. [Previously dismissed case: No] [Possible companion case(s): None] (Mehta, Sarah) (Entered: 10/30/2012)

Oct. 30, 2012

Oct. 30, 2012

Clearinghouse
2

SUMMONS Issued for *Isabella, County of* (DPer) (Entered: 10/30/2012)

Oct. 30, 2012

Oct. 30, 2012

PACER
3

SUMMONS Issued for *Leo Mioduszewski* (DPer) (Entered: 10/30/2012)

Oct. 30, 2012

Oct. 30, 2012

PACER
4

SUMMONS Issued for *Thomas Recker* (DPer) (Entered: 10/30/2012)

Oct. 30, 2012

Oct. 30, 2012

PACER
5

MOTION to Certify Class by All Plaintiffs. (Mehta, Sarah) (Entered: 11/02/2012)

Nov. 2, 2012

Nov. 2, 2012

PACER
6

CERTIFICATE of Service/Summons Returned Executed. All Defendants. (Mehta, Sarah) (Entered: 11/08/2012)

Nov. 8, 2012

Nov. 8, 2012

PACER
7

NOTICE of Appearance by Todd A. Gray on behalf of All Defendants. (Gray, Todd) (Entered: 11/23/2012)

Nov. 23, 2012

Nov. 23, 2012

PACER
8

ORDER Extending Time to Respond to 1 Complaint, filed by Amanda Hester, Marcus Jackson, Michael Dunmire, Ashley Bush, Sara Dunmire, and 5 MOTION to Certify Class filed by Amanda Hester, Marcus Jackson, Michael Dunmire, Ashley Bush, Sara Dunmire. Responses due by 12/26/2012 - Signed by District Judge David M. Lawson. (DTof) (Entered: 11/27/2012)

Nov. 27, 2012

Nov. 27, 2012

PACER
9

NOTICE TO APPEAR: Scheduling Conference set for 1/8/2013 09:30 AM before District Judge David M. Lawson *SEE NOTICE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION* (DTof) (Entered: 11/29/2012)

Nov. 29, 2012

Nov. 29, 2012

PACER
10

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE: Daniel E. Manville appearing on behalf of All Plaintiffs (Manville, Daniel) (Entered: 12/19/2012)

Dec. 19, 2012

Dec. 19, 2012

PACER
11

NOTICE of Appearance by Michael J. Steinberg on behalf of All Plaintiffs. (Steinberg, Michael) (Entered: 12/19/2012)

Dec. 19, 2012

Dec. 19, 2012

PACER
12

ANSWER to Complaint with Affirmative Defenses with Jury Demand by Isabella, County of, Leo Mioduszewski, Thomas Recker. (Gray, Todd) (Entered: 12/26/2012)

Dec. 26, 2012

Dec. 26, 2012

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13

RESPONSE to 5 MOTION to Certify Class filed by All Defendants. (Gray, Todd) (Entered: 01/04/2013)

Jan. 4, 2013

Jan. 4, 2013

PACER

Minute Entry - Scheduling Conference held on 1/8/2013 before District Judge David M. Lawson. (SJa)

Jan. 8, 2013

Jan. 8, 2013

PACER
14

SCHEDULING ORDER: Initial Disclosures due by 1/22/2013; Plaintiff's Expert Disclosures due by 5/2/2013; Defendant's Expert Disclosures due by 5/31/2013; Status Conference set for 5/2/2013 03:00 PM; Discovery due by 7/12/2013; Dispositive Motion Cut-off set for 7/26/2013. Signed by District Judge David M. Lawson. (Refer to image for additional dates) (SJa) (Entered: 01/16/2013)

Jan. 16, 2013

Jan. 16, 2013

PACER
15

NOTICE TO APPEAR: Motion Hearing as to 5 MOTION to Certify Class by All Plaintiffs set for 4/15/2013 at 4:00 PM before District Judge David M. Lawson (SJa) (Entered: 01/18/2013)

Jan. 18, 2013

Jan. 18, 2013

PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines as to 5 MOTION to Certify Class . Motion Hearing RESET for 4/17/2013 04:00 PM before District Judge David M. Lawson *From 4/15/2013* (DTof)

Feb. 19, 2013

Feb. 19, 2013

PACER
16

NOTICE of Appearance by Joseph H. Gutkoski on behalf of Isabella, County of, Leo Mioduszewski, Thomas Recker. (Gutkoski, Joseph) (Entered: 02/28/2013)

Feb. 28, 2013

Feb. 28, 2013

PACER
17

STIPULATED ORDER Adjourning Scheduling Order Dates re: 5 MOTION to Certify Class :( Supplemental briefs due by 5/8/2013; Motion Hearing set for 6/25/2013 04:00 PM before District Judge David M. Lawson) - Signed by District Judge David M. Lawson. (DTof) (Entered: 04/02/2013)

April 2, 2013

April 2, 2013

PACER

Minute Entry - Status Conference held on 5/2/2013 before District Judge David M. Lawson. (DTof)

May 2, 2013

May 2, 2013

PACER

TEXT-ONLY ORDER suspending all dates/deadlines in the case. Entered by District Judge David M. Lawson. (DTof)

May 2, 2013

May 2, 2013

PACER
18

NOTICE TO APPEAR : Status Conference set for 6/28/2013 03:00 PM before District Judge David M. Lawson (DTof) (Entered: 05/02/2013)

May 2, 2013

May 2, 2013

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19

MOTION to Withdraw Sarah L. Mehta, MOTION for Withdrawal of Attorney Sarah L. Mehta by All Plaintiffs. (Mehta, Sarah) (Entered: 05/10/2013)

May 10, 2013

May 10, 2013

PACER
20

ORDER granting 19 Motion to Withdraw.. Signed by District Judge David M. Lawson. (KKra) (Entered: 05/17/2013)

May 16, 2013

May 16, 2013

PACER

TEXT-ONLY CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE re 20 Order on Motion to Withdraw, Order on Motion to Withdraw as Attorney on Sarah L. Mehta, American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, 2966 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201. (SJa)

May 17, 2013

May 17, 2013

PACER

Set Deadlines/Hearings: Status Conference reset for 6/28/2013 09:00 AM before District Judge David M. Lawson (SJa)

June 25, 2013

June 25, 2013

PACER
21

NOTICE of Appearance by Daniel S. Korobkin on behalf of All Plaintiffs. (Korobkin, Daniel) (Entered: 06/28/2013)

June 28, 2013

June 28, 2013

PACER

Minute Entry for proceedings held before District Judge David M. Lawson: Status Conference held on 6/28/2013 (SJa)

June 28, 2013

June 28, 2013

PACER
22

NOTICE TO APPEAR: Hearing to place settlement on the record set for 8/15/2013 04:30 PM before District Judge David M. Lawson (SJa) (Entered: 07/09/2013)

July 9, 2013

July 9, 2013

PACER

Reset Hearing: The hearing to put the settlement on the record has been reset for 8/15/2013 at 2:30 PM before District Judge David M. Lawson. (SPin)

Aug. 14, 2013

Aug. 14, 2013

PACER

Minute Entry for proceedings held before District Judge David M. Lawson: Miscellaneous Hearing held on 8/15/2013. Disposition: Hearing placed on the record(Court Reporter Rene Twedt) (SJa)

Aug. 15, 2013

Aug. 15, 2013

PACER
23

STIPULATED ORDER of DISMISSAL Signed by District Judge David M. Lawson. (SJa) (Entered: 08/26/2013)

Aug. 23, 2013

Aug. 23, 2013

PACER

Case Details

State / Territory: Michigan

Case Type(s):

Jail Conditions

Special Collection(s):

Multi-LexSum (in sample)

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