Case: Castillo v. Cameron County, TX

1:93-cv-00260 | U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Filed Date: Dec. 10, 1993

Closed Date: 2002

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Case Summary

In 1993, plaintiffs in Cameron County Jail brought a section 1983 class action suit against the county alleging that the overcrowded conditions in the jail amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. The district court for the Southern District of Texas (Judge John William Black) certified plaintiffs' class and allowed the county to implead the State of Texas as a third-party defendant because the state failed to transfer ""paper ready"" inmates to state correctional facilities. In 1994, the co…

In 1993, plaintiffs in Cameron County Jail brought a section 1983 class action suit against the county alleging that the overcrowded conditions in the jail amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. The district court for the Southern District of Texas (Judge John William Black) certified plaintiffs' class and allowed the county to implead the State of Texas as a third-party defendant because the state failed to transfer ""paper ready"" inmates to state correctional facilities. In 1994, the court entered an injunction requiring the state to remove state-ready felons from the county jail and requiring the county to implement a plan to reduce population levels and submit progress reports to the court. The court subsequently amended the injunction to ensure further population reduction at the jail. In 1999, the court dismissed the state as a party pursuant to the 1996 Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) but denied the state's motion to terminate the 1994 injunction. The state appealed, and the Fifth Circuit vacated the district court's 1999 order and remanded the case for further proceedings to ensure compliance with PLRA. Castillo v. Cameron Co., 238 F.3d 339 (5th Cir. 2001). According to the docket from PACER, Cameron County won a motion for summary judgment in 2002, and the court closed the case. We have several documents from this case from PACER, including the complaint, amended complaint, third-party complaint, orders, final judgment, and releases of all claims. More documents are available via PACER.

Summary Authors

Lauren Cutson (5/26/2005)

People


Judge(s)

Black, John William (Texas)

Furgeson, William Royal Jr. (Texas)

King, Carolyn Dineen (Texas)

Parker, Robert Manley (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Cowen, Michael R. (Texas)

Livesay, Keith Clark (Texas)

Martinez, Juan Jose (Texas)

Mendoza, Robert Hernandez (Texas)

Stapleton, Ed (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Burst, Richard Otto (Texas)

Judge(s)

Black, John William (Texas)

Furgeson, William Royal Jr. (Texas)

King, Carolyn Dineen (Texas)

Parker, Robert Manley (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Cowen, Michael R. (Texas)

Livesay, Keith Clark (Texas)

Martinez, Juan Jose (Texas)

Mendoza, Robert Hernandez (Texas)

Stapleton, Ed (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Burst, Richard Otto (Texas)

Coleman, Gregory Scott (Texas)

Felfe, Sharon (Texas)

Jeffries, Dylbia L. (Texas)

Lionberger, Philip Andrew (Texas)

Maeso, Daniel E. (Texas)

Saenz, Luis V. (Texas)

Expert/Monitor/Master

White, Carter C. (Texas)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket (PACER)

April 26, 2002 Docket
1

Complaint

Dec. 10, 1993 Complaint
6

Third Party Complaint

Jan. 12, 1994 Complaint
7

First Amended Complaint

Jan. 21, 1994 Complaint
64

Memorandum Decision and Order

Sept. 14, 1994 Order/Opinion
87

Amended Temporary Interlocutory Order

Oct. 2, 1997 Order/Opinion
110

Stipulation of Facts and Affidavit of Captain Luis Esparza

July 29, 1999 Pleading / Motion / Brief

Reported Opinion

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

238 F.3d 339, 2001 U.S.App.LEXIS 158

Jan. 5, 2001 Order/Opinion
148

Final Judgment and Permanent Injunction

June 29, 2001 Order/Opinion
152

Judgment Nunc Tunc

Aug. 17, 2001 Order/Opinion

Docket

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

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

State / Territory: Texas

Case Type(s):

Jail Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: Dec. 10, 1993

Closing Date: 2002

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

inmates in the Cameron County Jail

Public Interest Lawyer: Unknown

Filed Pro Se: Unknown

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

Cameron County Jail (Cameron), County

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Constitutional Clause(s):

Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Litigation

Order Duration: 1994 - 2002

Issues

Crowding:

Crowding / caseload

Pre-PLRA Population Cap

Type of Facility:

Government-run