Case: Osborn v. Manson

3:72-cv-15755 | U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut

Filed Date: 1972

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Case Summary

Five pretrial inmates of the New Haven Correctional Center in Connecticut filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Connecticut Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. The plaintiffs alleged that their constitutional rights had been violated by the length of their confinement and by conditions of their confinement in administrative segregation cells which had no running water and only covered buckets which were infrequently emptied, and by…

Five pretrial inmates of the New Haven Correctional Center in Connecticut filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Connecticut Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. The plaintiffs alleged that their constitutional rights had been violated by the length of their confinement and by conditions of their confinement in administrative segregation cells which had no running water and only covered buckets which were infrequently emptied, and by the fact that the prisoners had no opportunity for exercise other than to walk up and down two flights of stairs twice a day to wash and empty their buckets.

On May 31, 1973, the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut (Judge Jon Newman) denied the plaintiffs' request for damages, but granted declaratory and injunctive relief, holding that the conditions of confinement highlighted by the plaintiffs constituted cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Constitution. Osborn v. Manson, 359 F.Supp. 1107 (D.Conn. 1973). We have no further information on the proceedings.

Summary Authors

Kristen Sagar (3/23/2006)

People


Judge(s)

Newman, Jon Ormond (New York)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Clendenen, William H. Jr. (Connecticut)

Lesser, David M. (Connecticut)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

O'Neill, Stephen J. (Connecticut)

Judge(s)

Newman, Jon Ormond (New York)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Clendenen, William H. Jr. (Connecticut)

Lesser, David M. (Connecticut)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

O'Neill, Stephen J. (Connecticut)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

73-cv-15755

Memorandum of Decision

359 F.Supp. 1107

May 31, 1973

May 31, 1973

Order/Opinion

Resources

Docket

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Case Details

State / Territory: Connecticut

Case Type(s):

Jail Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: 1972

Case Ongoing: No reason to think so

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Five prisoners held in state correctional institution challenging conditions and length of confinement

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Unknown

Filed Pro Se: Unknown

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Connecticut Department of Corrections (New Haven), State

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

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

Order Duration: 1973 - None

Issues

General:

Administrative segregation

Bathing and hygiene

Conditions of confinement

Recreation / Exercise

Sanitation / living conditions

Totality of conditions

Type of Facility:

Government-run