Case: Facility Review Panel v. Holden

87-17240 | West Virginia state trial court

Filed Date: 1987

Closed Date: April 9, 1987

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Case Summary

The Facility Review Panel, on behalf of inmates in the Doddridge County Jail, brought a mandamus action in the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia against the sheriff and members of the County Commission of Doddridge County, to compel the closure of the jail until conditions there improved to minimal constitutional and statutory standards. On April 9, 1987, the court, in a per curium opinion, used a totality of the conditions test to find that conditions at the jail constituted cruel and…

The Facility Review Panel, on behalf of inmates in the Doddridge County Jail, brought a mandamus action in the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia against the sheriff and members of the County Commission of Doddridge County, to compel the closure of the jail until conditions there improved to minimal constitutional and statutory standards. On April 9, 1987, the court, in a per curium opinion, used a totality of the conditions test to find that conditions at the jail constituted cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution and similar provisions of the West Virginia State Constitution. Facility Review Panel v. Holden, 356 S.E.2d 457 (W. Va. 1987). Safety and security, medical care, and sanitation were just a few of the areas that the court highlighted as needing improvement.

The court issued a moulded writ of mandamus giving defendants sixty days to submit a plan of improvement and timeline. The court then assigned Judge Jerry W. Cook, the appellate judge in charge of the Circuit Court of Doddridge County, to hear any disputes that might arise from a failure to implement the plan.

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Summary Authors

Ben Kelly (2/27/2006)

People


Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Downey, Mary (West Virginia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Sammons, Lucian R. JR. (West Virginia)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Downey, Mary (West Virginia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Sammons, Lucian R. JR. (West Virginia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

87-17240

Reported Opinion

West Virginia state supreme court

356 S.E.2d 457

April 9, 1987

April 9, 1987

Order/Opinion

Resources

Docket

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Case Details

State / Territory: West Virginia

Case Type(s):

Jail Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: 1987

Closing Date: April 9, 1987

Case Ongoing: No reason to think so

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Facility review panel on behalf of inmates at county jail seeking closure of jail until conditions met minimal constitutional and statutory standards

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

County Sheriff (Doddridge), County

Case Details

Constitutional Clause(s):

Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Availably Documents:

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Litigation

Form of Settlement:

Confession of Judgment

Order Duration: 1987 - 1987

Issues

General:

Sanitation / living conditions

Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)

Totality of conditions

Medical/Mental Health:

Medical care, unspecified

Type of Facility:

Government-run