Case: Jordan v. Wokle

2:77-00081 | U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

Filed Date: Feb. 17, 1977

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Case Summary

In 1977, plaintiffs filed a section 1983 suit and requested injunctive relief to expand their visitation opportunities, to prevent overcrowding, to improve medical conditions, and to expand recreational opportunities at the Milwaukee County jail. After two years of litigation, the district court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin (Judge Myron L. Gordon) ordered a permanent injunction against the defendants, requiring them to expand visitation opportunities and to decrease the jail's population. The court dismissed plaintiffs' action regarding recreation, and the parties settled the issue of medical treatment. In 1979, the court granted plaintiffs' motion for attorney's fees. Plaintiffs' counsel was from Legal Action of Wisconsin. Jordan v. Wokle, 464 F. Supp. 173 (E.D. Wis. 1979). The docket for this case is not available on PACER, and therefore our information ends with the last reported decision in 1979

Summary Authors

Lauren Cutson (5/26/2005)

People


Judge(s)

Gordon, Myron L. (Wisconsin)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Edgar, George D. (Wisconsin)

McMahon, Patricia D. (Wisconsin)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Pagel, Gerald G. (Wisconsin)

Russell, Robert P. (Wisconsin)

Judge(s)

Gordon, Myron L. (Wisconsin)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Edgar, George D. (Wisconsin)

McMahon, Patricia D. (Wisconsin)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Pagel, Gerald G. (Wisconsin)

Russell, Robert P. (Wisconsin)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

2:77-00081

Decision and Order

464 F.Supp. 173, 1979 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 15250

Jan. 8, 1979

Jan. 8, 1979

Order/Opinion

Resources

Docket

Last updated June 7, 2022, 3:05 a.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

Case Details

State / Territory: Wisconsin

Case Type(s):

Jail Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: Feb. 17, 1977

Case Ongoing: Perhaps, but long-dormant

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Pretrial detainees at county jail challenging the conditions of their confinement

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Unknown

Filed Pro Se: Unknown

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Denied

Defendants

Milwaukee County Jail (Milwaukee), 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:

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Litigation

Order Duration: 1979 - None

Issues

General:

Recreation / Exercise

Visiting

Crowding:

Crowding / caseload

Type of Facility:

Government-run