Case: Inmates of Bucks County Prison v. Warren

2:79-01785 | U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Filed Date: May 17, 1979

Clearinghouse coding complete

Case Summary

In May, 1979, inmates at the Bucks County Prison in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. §1983 against the county in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The plaintiffs, represented by Buck's County Legal Aid and the Public Defender, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief, alleging that their constitutional rights had been violated by unspecified conditions of confinement. The class consisted of all current and future inmates at …

In May, 1979, inmates at the Bucks County Prison in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. §1983 against the county in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The plaintiffs, represented by Buck's County Legal Aid and the Public Defender, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief, alleging that their constitutional rights had been violated by unspecified conditions of confinement. The class consisted of all current and future inmates at the Bucks County Prison.

On June 13, 1983, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Judge Clifford Scott Green) issued a consent decree in the case, providing for plaintiff relief in the areas of population caps, physical temperature of the facility, work release, medical care, including specific medical and gynecological care for women inmates, access to other facilities for women inmates, staffing, classification procedures, pre-trial procedures, and transfer procedures.

On March 31, 2003, the parties modified the consent decree through a stipulated agreement. The new agreement provided for changes in the areas of modification to the physical facility of the prison, construction of a mental health unit for women, provision of an exercise yard for women, record keeping, programming, rehabilitative treatment for drug and alcohol abusers, staff training, and a prison oversight board.

Summary Authors

Kristen Sagar (10/13/2006)

Related Cases

Inmates of the Bucks County Correctional Facility v. County of Bucks, Eastern District of Pennsylvania (2002)

People


Judge(s)

Green, Clifford Scott (Pennsylvania)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Alberts, Anita F. (Pennsylvania)

Gates, David (Pennsylvania)

Silver, Charles S. (Pennsylvania)

Sperling, Martha (Pennsylvania)

Wilder, Stuart (Pennsylvania)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Downey, James A. III (Pennsylvania)

McNamara, James M. (Pennsylvania)

Expert/Monitor/Master

Rufe, Cynthia M. (Pennsylvania)

Judge(s)

Green, Clifford Scott (Pennsylvania)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Alberts, Anita F. (Pennsylvania)

Gates, David (Pennsylvania)

Silver, Charles S. (Pennsylvania)

Sperling, Martha (Pennsylvania)

Wilder, Stuart (Pennsylvania)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Downey, James A. III (Pennsylvania)

McNamara, James M. (Pennsylvania)

Expert/Monitor/Master

Rufe, Cynthia M. (Pennsylvania)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

2:79-01785

Consent Decree

Inmates of the Bucks County Prison v. Warren

June 13, 1983

June 13, 1983

Settlement Agreement

Task Force Report: The Bucks County Task Force on Incarcerated Women and the Mentally Ill

Inmates of the Bucks County Prison v. Warren

No Court

Dec. 5, 2001

Dec. 5, 2001

Monitor/Expert/Receiver Report

2:79-01785

Agreement

Inmates of the Bucks County Prison v. Warren

March 31, 2003

March 31, 2003

Settlement Agreement

Resources

Docket

Last updated Aug. 14, 2022, 3:02 a.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

Case Details

State / Territory: Pennsylvania

Case Type(s):

Jail Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: May 17, 1979

Case Ongoing: No reason to think so

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

all current and future inmates at the Bucks County Prison.

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

Bucks County Prison (Bucks), 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:

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: 1983 - None

Issues

General:

Bathing and hygiene

Classification / placement

Education

Recreation / Exercise

Rehabilitation

Religious programs / policies

Sanitation / living conditions

Crowding:

Crowding / caseload

Discrimination-basis:

Sex discrimination

Affected Gender:

Female

Male

Medical/Mental Health:

Medical care, general

Mental health care, general

Type of Facility:

Government-run