Case: Inmates of the Modular Facility v. District of Columbia

1:90-cv-00727 | U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Filed Date: March 28, 1990

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Case Summary

On March 28, 1990, inmates of the Modular Facility in the District of Columbia filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the District of Columbia Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendants had violated their constitutional rights by depriving them of mental health care and medical care. Following a bench trial, the parties entered into a consent decree, which was adopted by the District Court …

On March 28, 1990, inmates of the Modular Facility in the District of Columbia filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the District of Columbia Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendants had violated their constitutional rights by depriving them of mental health care and medical care.

Following a bench trial, the parties entered into a consent decree, which was adopted by the District Court (Judge June L. Green) on December 14, 1990. The District Court then terminated the litigation. On September 13, 1991, the plaintiffs asked the District Court to hold the defendants in contempt of the Court's decree and to impose sanctions against them. Three weeks later, the parties again filed a consent order, which was adopted by the District Court. On March 5, 1992, the District Court (Judge Green) found the defendants to be in contempt and imposed sanctions against them.

The defendants asked the Court to reconsider the imposition of monetary sanctions, and on June 2, 1992, the District Court (Judge Green) ordered the defendants to pay $102,500.00 in fines. On June 8, 1993, the District Court adopted another consent order, which had been filed jointly by the parties to the case. One month later, the plaintiffs again asked the Court to hold the defendants in contempt and to impose fines on them for disobeying the Court's order. On November 24, 1993, the District Court again granted the plaintiffs' motion for contempt fines, awarding them $56,000 for the defendants' violations of the consent order.

On August 16, 1994, the defendants asked the Court to modify the consent decree, and one week later, the District Court granted the request.

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Summary Authors

Kristen Sagar (9/24/2007)

People


Judge(s)

Green, June Lazenby (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Adams, Stuart H. Jr. (District of Columbia)

Glover, Gregory Joseph (District of Columbia)

Hacala, Martin G. (District of Columbia)

Labson, Michael S. (District of Columbia)

Lasker, Eric G. (District of Columbia)

Lenhart, Benedict M. (District of Columbia)

Nickles, Peter J. (District of Columbia)

Orlebeke, Evagren (District of Columbia)

Pemberton, Alan A. (District of Columbia)

Judge(s)

Green, June Lazenby (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Adams, Stuart H. Jr. (District of Columbia)

Glover, Gregory Joseph (District of Columbia)

Hacala, Martin G. (District of Columbia)

Labson, Michael S. (District of Columbia)

Lasker, Eric G. (District of Columbia)

Lenhart, Benedict M. (District of Columbia)

Nickles, Peter J. (District of Columbia)

Orlebeke, Evagren (District of Columbia)

Pemberton, Alan A. (District of Columbia)

Smith, Jonathan Mark (District of Columbia)

Yeo, Matthew S. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Knight, Leonardo R. (District of Columbia)

Love, Richard Stuart (District of Columbia)

Other Attorney(s)

Cleary, John Charles (New York)

Facciola, John M. (District of Columbia)

Nebeker, William Mark (District of Columbia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

1:90-cv-00727

Docket (PACER)

Jan. 21, 2000

Jan. 21, 2000

Docket
86

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Order

1990 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 13060

Sept. 27, 1990

Sept. 27, 1990

Order/Opinion
323

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80-02136

79-01726

86-02128

92-01208

Consent Order

July 26, 1996

July 26, 1996

Pleading / Motion / Brief
322

1:90-cv-00727

Consent Motion for the adoption of a Consent Order concerning systemwide medical and mental health care.

July 26, 1996

July 26, 1996

Settlement Agreement

Resources

Docket

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Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

Case Details

State / Territory: District of Columbia

Case Type(s):

Prison Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: March 28, 1990

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

inmates of the Modular Facility in the District of Columbia

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

Modular Facility of the District of Columbia Department of Corrections (Lorton), Regional

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Constitutional Clause(s):

Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Any published opinion

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: 1990 - None

Issues

Medical/Mental Health:

Medical care, general

Mental health care, general

Type of Facility:

Government-run