Case: Orndorff v. Jefferson County

3:02-cv-05096 | U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

Filed Date: Feb. 25, 2002

Closed Date: 2004

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Case Summary

On February 25, 2002, an inmate at the Jefferson County Jail in Port Hadlock, Washington, brought a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington against Jefferson County and corrections officials alleging inadequate health care, access to courts, staffing and unsanitary conditions. The inmates were represented by the American Civil Liberties Union. On August 22, 2002, the court certified the class as all current or future persons…

On February 25, 2002, an inmate at the Jefferson County Jail in Port Hadlock, Washington, brought a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington against Jefferson County and corrections officials alleging inadequate health care, access to courts, staffing and unsanitary conditions. The inmates were represented by the American Civil Liberties Union. On August 22, 2002, the court certified the class as all current or future persons incarcerated in the Jefferson County Jail. The parties entered into a settlement agreement in which the defendants agreed to seek mental health accreditation for the jail, maintain the temperature in the jail within a mandated range, ensure inmates receive adequate hygiene supplies, offer recreation to inmates at least one hour per day seven days per week, fix and maintain the plumbing, provide personal storage for each inmate, prepare fire preparedness plans, maintain a log for use of the crisis cell and use of force, revise grievance and medical request forms, and prohibit jail staff from reading inmate mail. On January 27, 2004, after a fairness hearing the court (Judge Ronald Leighton) approved the settlement agreement and dismissed the case.

Summary Authors

Jaclyn Adams (4/5/2006)

People


Judge(s)

Leighton, Ronald B. (Washington)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Caplan, Aaron H. (Washington)

Fathi, David Cyrus (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Payne, Jon A. (Washington)

Silke, David W. (Washington)

Judge(s)

Leighton, Ronald B. (Washington)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Caplan, Aaron H. (Washington)

Fathi, David Cyrus (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Payne, Jon A. (Washington)

Silke, David W. (Washington)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket [PACER]

March 10, 2005 Docket
1

Complaint- Class Action

Feb. 25, 2002 Complaint

Settlement Agreement

Oct. 6, 2003 Settlement Agreement
81

Order Approving Settlment Agreement and Dismissing Litigation

Jan. 27, 2004 Order/Opinion

Court Approves Settlement of ACLU Lawsuit to Improve Conditions at County Jail in Washington State

No Court

Jan. 28, 2004 Press Release

Resources

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Orndorff v. Jefferson County

ACLU Washington

In 2002, the ACLU of Washington and the ACLU's National Prison Project filed suit over prisoner conditions at the Jefferson County Jail. The lawsuit sought an end to the unconstitutional treatment of… March 14, 2014 https://www.aclu-wa.org/...

Orndorff v. Jefferson County

ACLU Washington

n 2002, the ACLU of Washington and the ACLU's National Prison Project filed suit over prisoner conditions at the Jefferson County Jail. The lawsuit sought an end to the unconstitutional treatment of … Feb. 2, 2002 https://www.aclu-wa.org/...

Docket

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

ECF Number Description Date Link
1

COMPLAINT class action (Summons(es) issued) Receipt # 404849 (JAB) (Entered: 02/26/2002)

Feb. 25, 2002
2

MOTION by plaintiff to certify class action NOTED FOR 3/29/02 (JAB) (Entered: 02/26/2002)

Feb. 25, 2002

LODGED ORDER: re: motion to certify class action [2-1] (JAB) (Entered: 02/26/2002)

Feb. 26, 2002
3

MINUTE ORDER RE: INITIAL DISCLOSURES, JOINT STATUS REPORT AND EARLY SETTLEMENT. Joint Status Report due 5/13/02 (cc: counsel, Judge) (EC) (Entered: 02/26/2002)

Feb. 26, 2002
4

MINUTE ORDER re: DISCOVERY and DEPOSITIONS by Judge Robert J. Bryan (cc: counsel, Judge) (EC) (Entered: 02/26/2002)

Feb. 26, 2002
5

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE for all dfts by David W Silke (CAR) (Entered: 03/06/2002)

March 6, 2002
6

AFFIDAVIT OF SERVICE upon defendant Steve Richmond of summons/complaint on 3/11/02 (CM) (Entered: 03/19/2002)

March 18, 2002
7

AFFIDAVIT OF SERVICE of summons/complaint upon Donna M. Eldridge on 3/12/02 (EC) (Entered: 03/20/2002)

March 20, 2002
9

AFFIDAVIT OF SERVICE upon defendant Peter Piccini of summons/complaint on 3/15/02 (EC) (Entered: 03/21/2002)

March 20, 2002
10

AFFIDAVIT OF SERVICE upon defendant Carla Schuck of summons/complaint on 3/14/02 (EC) (Entered: 03/21/2002)

March 20, 2002
8

AFFIDAVIT OF SERVICE of summons/complaint, motion for class certification upon Donna Eldridge on 3/12/02 (EC) (Entered: 03/21/2002)

March 21, 2002

PROPOSED Stip/Order to Renote Motion re: motion to certify class action [2-1] (EC) (Entered: 03/28/2002)

March 28, 2002
11

STIPULATION and ORDER by Judge Robert J. Bryan: RENOTED FOR 4/26/02 motion to certify class action [2-1] (cc: counsel, Judge) (EC) (Entered: 03/28/2002)

March 28, 2002

PROPOSED Stip/Order to Renote Mtn (CAR) (Entered: 04/22/2002)

April 22, 2002
12

STIPULATION and ORDER by Judge Robert J. Bryan that the motion for class certification [2-1] isi RENOTED to 5/24/02. **SEE ORDER FOR DETAILS** (cc: Judge) (CAR) (Entered: 04/23/2002)

April 22, 2002
13

JOINT STATUS REPORT AND DISCOVERY PLAN filed by all parties. Est. Trial Days: 5-7 Attornies: attorney for defendant, attorney for plaintiff (EC) (Entered: 05/15/2002)

May 15, 2002

PROPOSED Stip/Order to Renote motion to certify class action [2-1] to 6/28/02 (EC) (Entered: 05/15/2002)

May 15, 2002
14

STIPULATION and ORDER by Judge Robert J. Bryan: RENOTED FOR 6/28/02 motion to certify class action [2-1] (cc: counsel, Judge) (EC) (Entered: 05/16/2002)

May 16, 2002
16

ANSWER to complaint [1-1] by defendant (EC) (Entered: 06/05/2002)

June 4, 2002

PROPOSED Stip/Order to Renote Motion to certify class action [2-1] (EC) (Entered: 06/19/2002)

June 19, 2002
17

STIPULATION and ORDER by Judge Jack E. Tanner RENOTING FOR 7/12/02 motion to certify class action [2-1] (cc: counsel, Judge) (EC) (Entered: 06/21/2002)

June 21, 2002

PROPOSED Stip/Order to Renote Motion re: motion to certify class action [2-1] (EC) (Entered: 07/10/2002)

July 8, 2002
18

STIPULATION and ORDER by Judge Robert J. Bryan: RENOTED FOR 8/23/02 motion to certify class action [2-1]; response ddl 8/15/02; reply ddl 8/22/02 (cc: counsel, Judge) (EC) (Entered: 07/12/2002)

July 12, 2002
19

NOTICE of Unavailability of counsel David W Silke for defendant Steve Richmond from 7/11/02 to 7/25/02 (EC) (Entered: 07/15/2002)

July 15, 2002

PROPOSED Stipulation & Order to Compel the Attendance of Plt Shawn Orndorff at His Deposision Noted for Aug 1, 2002 (DK) (Entered: 07/23/2002)

July 22, 2002
20

STIPULATION and ORDER to compel attendance of Pl Shawn Orndorff at depo noted for 8/1/02 by Judge Robert J. Bryan (cc: counsel, Judge) (EC) (Entered: 07/24/2002)

July 24, 2002
21

Dfts' Mem in Opp to pltf's motion to certify class action [2-1] (DK) (Entered: 08/19/2002)

Aug. 16, 2002
22

Dfts' DECLARATION of David W. Silke re mtn for class certification [21-1] (DK) (Entered: 08/19/2002)

Aug. 16, 2002
23

AFFIDAVIT OF SERVICE by defendant of motion response [21-1], of declaration [22-1] (DK) (Entered: 08/19/2002)

Aug. 16, 2002
24

REPLY by plaintiff TO RESPONSE to P's motion to certify class action [2-1] (EC) (Entered: 08/23/2002)

Aug. 22, 2002
25

DECLARATION of Bob Allen by plaintiff re P's motion to certify class action [2-1] (EC) (Entered: 08/23/2002)

Aug. 22, 2002
26

DECLARATION of Kenneth B. Baker by plaintiff re P's motion to certify class action [2-1] (EC) (Entered: 08/23/2002)

Aug. 22, 2002
27

DECLARATION of Brittany Bowman by plaintiff re P's motion to certify class action [2-1] (EC) (Entered: 08/23/2002)

Aug. 22, 2002
28

DECLARATION of Brook R. Call by plaintiff re P's motion to certify class action [2-1] (EC) (Entered: 08/23/2002)

Aug. 22, 2002
29

DECLARATION of Aaron H. Caplan by plaintiff re P's motion to certify class action [2-1] (EC) (Entered: 08/23/2002)

Aug. 22, 2002
30

DECLARATION of Heath Cowing by plaintiff re P's motion to certify class action [2-1] (EC) (Entered: 08/23/2002)

Aug. 22, 2002
31

DECLARATION of Michael DiPietro by plaintiff re P's motion to certify class action [2-1] (EC) (Entered: 08/23/2002)

Aug. 22, 2002
32

DECLARATION of Dave Crook by plaintiff re P's motion to certify class action [2-1] (EC) (Entered: 08/23/2002)

Aug. 22, 2002
33

DECLARATION of Roger Dumont by plaintiff re P's motion to certify class action [2-1] (EC) (Entered: 08/23/2002)

Aug. 22, 2002
34

DECLARATION of Albert Dyke by plaintiff re P's motion to certify class action [2-1] (EC) (Entered: 08/23/2002)

Aug. 22, 2002
35

DECLARATION of Susie Erikson by plaintiff re P's motion to certify class action [2-1] (EC) (Entered: 08/23/2002)

Aug. 22, 2002
36

DECLARATION of Alicia Erikson by plaintiff re P's motion to certify class action [2-1] (EC) (Entered: 08/23/2002)

Aug. 22, 2002
37

DECLARATION of Carolyn Hoffmann by plaintiff re P's motion to certify class action [2-1] (EC) (Entered: 08/23/2002)

Aug. 22, 2002
38

DECLARATION of John French by plaintiff re P's motion to certify class action [2-1] (EC) (Entered: 08/23/2002)

Aug. 22, 2002
39

DECLARATION of Mark Jochem by plaintiff re P's motion to certify class action [2-1] (EC) (Entered: 08/23/2002)

Aug. 22, 2002
40

DECLARATION of David James by plaintiff re P's motion to certify class action [2-1] (EC) (Entered: 08/23/2002)

Aug. 22, 2002
41

DECLARATION of Reid Johnston by plaintiff re P's motion to certify class action [2-1] (EC) (Entered: 08/23/2002)

Aug. 22, 2002
42

DECLARATION of Amber Mallory by plaintiff re P's motion to certify class action [2-1] (EC) (Entered: 08/23/2002)

Aug. 22, 2002
43

DECLARATION of Douglas Montgomery by plaintiff re P's motion to certify class action [2-1] (EC) (Entered: 08/23/2002)

Aug. 22, 2002
44

DECLARATION of John Mallory by plaintiff re P's motion to certify class action [2-1] (EC) (Entered: 08/23/2002)

Aug. 22, 2002
45

DECLARATION of David McMillon by plaintiff re P's motion to certify class action [2-1] (EC) (Entered: 08/23/2002)

Aug. 22, 2002
46

DECLARATION of George C. Reutter by plaintiff re P's motion to certify class action [2-1] (EC) (Entered: 08/23/2002)

Aug. 22, 2002
48

DECLARATION of Monte Woolman by plaintiff re P's motion to certify class action [2-1] (EC) (Entered: 08/23/2002)

Aug. 22, 2002
49

AFFIDAVIT OF SERVICE by plaintiff of declaration [48-1], of declaration [47-1], of declaration [46-1], of declaration [45-1], of declaration [44-1], of declaration [43-1], of declaration [42-1], of declaration [41-1], of declaration [40-1], of declaration [39-1], of declaration [38-1], of declaration [37-1], of declaration [36-1], of declaration [35-1], of declaration [34-1], of declaration [33-1], of declaration [32-1], of declaration [31-1], of declaration [30-1], of declaration [29-1], of declaration [28-1], of declaration [27-1], of declaration [26-1], of declaration [25-1], of motion reply [24-1] (EC) (Entered: 08/23/2002)

Aug. 22, 2002
50

ORDER by Judge Robert J. Bryan GRANTING motion to certify class action: Pltf's mtn for class certification is GRANTED. The court hereby CERTIFIES the following pltf class pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P.23(a) & 23 (b)(2): All persons who are now, or who will in the future be, incarcerated in the Jefferson County Jail. [2-1] (cc: counsel, Judge) (DK) (Entered: 09/04/2002)

Sept. 3, 2002

PROPOSED Stip/Order re Class Notice (EC) (Entered: 10/30/2002)

Oct. 29, 2002

PROPOSED Stip/Order for Health Care Inf (EC) (Entered: 10/30/2002)

Oct. 29, 2002
51

LETTER by Judge Bryan directed to all cnsl re: Stipulated Protective Order for Health Care Information [0-0] (CAR) (Entered: 10/31/2002)

Oct. 31, 2002
52

STIPULATION and ORDER RE CLASS NOTICE by Judge Robert J. Bryan: see order for details (cc: counsel, Judge) (EC) (Entered: 11/14/2002)

Nov. 13, 2002

PROPOSED Stipulation & Order Re: Discovery Deadlines (DK) (Entered: 11/19/2002)

Nov. 15, 2002
56

LETTER from inmate Bill Morris to Judge Bryan re: good-time issues (DK) (Entered: 11/21/2002)

Nov. 19, 2002
53

MOTION by plaintiff to compel NOTED FOR 12/6/02 (DK) (Entered: 11/21/2002)

Nov. 20, 2002
54

ORDER on Pltfs' Motion to Compel Production of Health Care Information by Judge Robert J. Bryan: Dfts shall produce jail health care records of current or former prisoners requested by Pltfs. Dfts shall disclose the identitites of current or former prisoners who may have required health care while incarcerated at the jail, including the nature of the required health care. Pltfs, shall use the info produced pursuant to this order only for purposes of this litigation, which includes prep of expert opinions & testimony, intro & filing of exhibits. Other disclosures outside the litigation are prohibited. **SEE ORDER FOR DETAILS** [53-1] (cc: counsel, Judge) (DK) Modified on 12/18/2002 (Entered: 11/21/2002)

Nov. 20, 2002
55

STIPULATION and ORDER Re: Discovery Deadlines by Judge Robert J. Bryan discovery ddl - 1/31/03; mtn filing ddl - 2/13/03 Disclose Expert Witnesses by 1/3/03; (cc: counsel, Judge) (DK) (Entered: 11/21/2002)

Nov. 20, 2002
57

LETTER from Judge Bryan addressed to inmate Bill Morris in response to letter [56-1] (DK) (Entered: 11/21/2002)

Nov. 20, 2002
58

MINUTE ORDER by Judge Robert J. Bryan re: conference call conducted on 11/18/02 w/Court & counsel. The Court issued no rulings during this dicussion. **SEE MINUTE ORDER FOR DETAILS** (cc: counsel, Judge) (DK) (Entered: 11/21/2002)

Nov. 20, 2002
59

MAIL RETURNED re: response letter re good time credits [57-1] addressed to Bill Norris (CAR) (Entered: 11/26/2002)

Nov. 26, 2002
60

MINUTE ORDER by Judge Robert J. Bryan that the above entitled cause of action is DIRECTLY REASSIGNED to the HONORABLE RONALD B. LEIGHTON. All future pleadings shall bear cause number C02-5096 (RJB)RBL and have Judge Leighton's name in the upper right hand corner. Cnsl is directed to amd their pleadings to reflect this chg. (cc: counsel, Judge) (CAR) (Entered: 11/27/2002)

Nov. 27, 2002
61

MINUTE ORDER: by Judge Ronald B. Leighton referring matter to Magistrate Martinez for a settlement conference (cc: counsel, Judge) (EC) (Entered: 01/10/2003)

Jan. 9, 2003
62

MOTION by plaintiff for partial summary judgment on First Amendment claims NOTED FOR 1/31/03 (EC) (Entered: 01/13/2003)

Jan. 9, 2003
63

DECLARATION of Mike Godwin by plaintiff re P's motion for partial summary judgment on First Amendment claims [62-1] (EC) (Entered: 01/13/2003)

Jan. 9, 2003
64

DECLARATION of Lara Stemple by plaintiff re P's motion for partial summary judgment on First Amendment claims [62-1] (EC) (Entered: 01/13/2003)

Jan. 9, 2003
65

DECLARATION of Gail Gove by plaintiff re P's motion for partial summary judgment on First Amendment claims [62-1] (EC) (Entered: 01/13/2003)

Jan. 9, 2003

LODGED ORDER: re: P's motion for partial summary judgment on First Amendment claims [62-1] (EC) (Entered: 01/13/2003)

Jan. 9, 2003
66

AFFIDAVIT OF SERVICE by plaintiff of order lodged [0-0], of declaration [65-1], of declaration [64-1], of declaration [63-1], of motion for partial summary judgment on First Amendment claims [62-1] (EC) (Entered: 01/13/2003)

Jan. 9, 2003
67

NOTICE to counsel from Magistrate Judge Martinez of settlement conf scheduled for 2/13/03 @ 9:00. (DK) (Entered: 01/27/2003)

Jan. 23, 2003

PROPOSED Stipulation & Order to Renote Motion & Extend Discovery (DK) (Entered: 01/31/2003)

Jan. 30, 2003
68

STIPULATION and ORDER by Judge Ronald B. Leighton: RENOTED FOR 2/28/03 P's motion for partial summary judgment on First Amendment claims [62-1], opposition ddl 2/24/03, reply ddl 2/27/03 ; discovery ddl extended to 2/28/03 (cc: counsel, Judge) (EC) (Entered: 02/04/2003)

Feb. 3, 2003
69

MINUTE ORDER by Judge Ronald B. Leighton: A settlement conf was conducted & this action has been settled. Pending mtns are stricken as moot. Dismissal papers are due by 4/7/03. (cc: counsel, Judge) (DK) (Entered: 03/20/2003)

March 19, 2003

ENT-left msg w/deft cnsl re: submission of dismissal papers (JAB) (Entered: 05/29/2003)

May 29, 2003

ENT-cnsl to update/advise clerk of new date for submission of dismissal papers (JAB) (Entered: 06/18/2003)

June 18, 2003

Set/Reset Deadlines: Per Counsel Dismissal/Settlement papers will be filed by 7/21/2003. (JAB, ) (Entered: 06/26/2003)

June 26, 2003
70

Stipulated MOTION for Approval of Settlement Agreement by Plaintiff Shawn Orndorff. Noting Date 10/14/2003. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A -- Settlement Agreement# 2 Exhibit B -- Proposed Order Directing Notice# 3 Exhibit C -- Notice to Prisoners re Settlement# 4 Exhibit D -- Proposed Order Approving Settlement)(Caplan, Aaron) (Entered: 10/14/2003)

Oct. 14, 2003
71

Letter from Both Parties re 70 Stipulated MOTION for Approval of Settlement Agreement . (Caplan, Aaron) (Entered: 10/14/2003)

Oct. 14, 2003
72

NOTICE of Proposed Class Action Settlement (Ntc to All Prisoners of the Jefferson County Jail) signed by Judge Ronald B. Leighton(DK, ) (Entered: 10/17/2003)

Oct. 16, 2003
73

ORDER Directing Notice to Plaintiff Class **SEE ORDER FOR DETAILS** re 72 Notice of Settlement by Judge Ronald B. Leighton. (DK, ) (Entered: 10/17/2003)

Oct. 16, 2003

Date for Entry of Settlment Agreement or set Fairness Hrg re 70 Stipulated MOTION for Approval of Settlement Agreement , 73 Order NOTED on motion calendar; Noting Date 12/19/2003. (JAB, ) (Entered: 10/21/2003)

Oct. 21, 2003
74

NOTICE by Bruce Bratton re: Class Action Settlement 70 (ECS, ) Modified on 11/3/2003 (JAB, ). (Entered: 10/29/2003)

Oct. 28, 2003
75

Letter from Shawn Orndorff re 70 Stipulated MOTION for Approval of Settlement Agreement . (ECS, ) (Entered: 11/20/2003)

Nov. 19, 2003
76

Joint RESPONSE to Inmate Objections re 70 Stipulated MOTION for Approval of Settlement Agreement , 75 Letter. (DK, ) Additional attachment(s) added on 1/2/2004 (JAB, (orig image was missing pg 2) Image Modified on 1/2/2004 (JAB, ). (Entered: 12/08/2003)

Dec. 5, 2003
78

MINUTE ORDER vacating second Order Directing Notice to Plaintiff Class and Setting Fairness Hearing. (The Order directing notice to class was previously filed)Signed by Jean Boring as directed by Judge Ronald B. Leighton. (JAB, ) (Entered: 12/29/2003)

Dec. 29, 2003
79

NOTICE of Hearing: REASONABLENESS HEARING set for 1/27/2004 11:00 AM in Courtroom B before Hon. Ronald B. Leighton. Signed by Jean Boring as authrorized by Judge Leighton (JAB, ) (Entered: 01/24/2004)

Jan. 23, 2004
80

REASONABLNESS HEARING held before Judge Ronald B. Leighton - Dep Clerk: Jean Boring ; CR: Julaine Ryen (USDC) ; Pla Counsel: Aaron Caplan ; Def Counsel: John Payne/David Silke ; In Court Hearing held on 1/27/2004. No members of the class are in attendance. Court has reviewed all objections filed; Court inquires of counsel as to the settlement; For the reasons stated orally, on the record, the 70 Stipulated MOTION for Approval of Settlement Agreement , is GRANTED. (JAB, ) (Entered: 01/27/2004)

Jan. 27, 2004
81

ORDER APPROVING SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND DISMISSING LITIGATION by Judge Ronald B. Leighton. (JAB, ) (Entered: 01/27/2004)

Jan. 27, 2004
82

NOTICE of Change of Address by Aaron H Caplan (Caplan, Aaron) (Entered: 03/10/2005)

March 10, 2005

State / Territory: Washington

Case Type(s):

Jail Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: Feb. 25, 2002

Closing Date: 2004

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

inmates at the Jefferson County Jail in Port Hadlock, Washington

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: Unknown

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

Jefferson County (Port Hadlock, Jefferson), County

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Constitutional Clause(s):

Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Equal Protection

Freedom of speech/association

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

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: 2004 - 0

Issues

General:

Access to lawyers or judicial system

Disciplinary procedures

Recreation / Exercise

Sanitation / living conditions

Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)

Totality of conditions

Medical/Mental Health:

Medical care, general

Type of Facility:

Government-run