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Case Name Hinkley v. Fair CJ-MA-0002
Docket / Court 88-064 ( State Court )
State/Territory Massachusetts
Case Type(s) Criminal Justice (Other)
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Issues and Causes of Action
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Affected Gender
Content of Injunction
Goals (e.g., for hiring, admissions)
Commitment procedure
Discharge & termination plans
Informed consent/involuntary medication
Over/Unlawful Detention
Placement in detention facilities
Placement in mental health facilities
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action State law

Defendant(s) Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Plaintiff Description Women civilly committed and detained in a Massachusetts state prison because of their alcoholism.
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status outcome Unknown
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1990 - 1991
Filed 1988
Case Ongoing No
Court Docket(s)
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General Documents
State Trial Court
Settlement Agreement
CJ-MA-0002-0002.pdf | Detail
Source: Plaintiffs' counsel
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Costanzo, Cathy E. (Massachusetts) show/hide docs
Reinstein, John (Massachusetts) show/hide docs
Schwartz, Steven J. (Massachusetts) show/hide docs
Wilkins, Douglas H. (Massachusetts) show/hide docs

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