Case: Detainees of the Queens House of Detention v. Malcolm

1:73-cv-01364 | U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Filed Date: 1973

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Case Summary

The plaintiffs brought this lawsuit on January 29, 1974, challenging conditions of confinement at the Queens House of Detention. They sued the City of New York, its Department of Corrections, and relevant officials in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. The case was assigned to Judge John F. Dooling Jr.

Most of the litigation documents are unavailable to the Clearinghouse, but the parties eventually settled on April 20, 1979. The settlement contained provisions wide-ranging in nature that covered issues such as access to legal counsel and the law library; requirements pertaining to food and sanitation; religious services; and search policies.

Summary Authors

Matthew Feng (5/27/2023)

Documents in the Clearinghouse



Proposed Partial Final Judgment by Consent

April 20, 1979

April 20, 1979

Settlement Agreement


Last updated Aug. 30, 2023, 1:51 p.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

Case Details

State / Territory: New York

Case Type(s):

Jail Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: 1973

Case Ongoing: No reason to think so


Plaintiff Description:

Persons detained at the Queens House of Detention

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

Legal Services/Legal Aid

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted


New York City Department of Corrections (New York, Queens), City

Defendant Type(s):


Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Constitutional Clause(s):

Due Process

Due Process: Substantive Due Process

Available Documents:

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief


Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:


Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Order Duration: 1979 - None



Access to lawyers or judicial system

Administrative segregation

Bathing and hygiene

Classification / placement

Food service / nutrition / hydration

Law library access

Placement in detention facilities

Strip search policy

Type of Facility: