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Post-PLRA enforceable consent decrees

Under the Prison Litigation Reform Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3626(a)(1)(A)(a), enacted in 1996, federal courts may enter an enforceable consent decree in prison or jail conditions cases only if "the court finds that such relief is narrowly drawn, extends no further than necessary to correct the violation of the Federal right, and is the least intrusive means necessary to correct the violation of the Federal right." This special collection brings together cases in which the remedies have been ratified under this standard.
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 Catchings v. Wilson
1:21-cv-00428-GLR (D. Md.)
Filed 02/20/2021 - Closed 2021
Warden
Chesapeake Detention Facility
Jail Conditions
JC-MD-0018
Baltimore City
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This class action lawsuit was filed on February 20, 2021 by detainees in the Chesapeake Detention Facility in Baltimore, Maryland, who sought extra protections from COVID-19 and, in some cases, release. The parties settled the case in April 2021.
This is a lawsuit challenging the Chesapeake Detention Facility's response to ... [view]
2 U.S. v. Hampton Roads Regional Jail Authority
2:20-cv-00410 (E.D. Va.)
Filed 08/05/2020 - Case Ongoing
Hampton Roads Regional Jail Authority
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-VA-0027
Portsmouth (independent) city
Coding Complete
After a two-year investigation initiated in December 2016 under CRIPA and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a Notice on December 19, 2018 concluding that the Hampton Roads Regional Jail Authority (“HRRJ”) failed to provide constitutionally adequate medical and mental health care to ... [view]
3 Busby v. Bonner
2:20-cv-02359 (W.D. Tenn.)
Filed 05/20/2020 - Case Ongoing
Shelby County Sheriff
Shelby County Sheriff's Office
Jail Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JC-TN-0012
Shelby County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a habeas action filed by individuals in the Shelby County Jail who alleged that their underlying medical conditions made them especially vulnerable to COVID-19. They alleged violations of the Fourteenth Amendment, ADA, and Rehabilitation Act and requested release. The court denied both preliminary relief and motions to ... [view]
4 Dowl v. Williams
3:18-cv-00119-HRH (D. Alaska)
Filed 05/22/2018 - Case Ongoing
Alaska Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-AK-0002
Coding Complete
On May 22, 2018, two prisoners at the Anchorage Correctional Complex, both practicing Muslims, brought this lawsuit against the Alaska Department of Corrections (DOC), alleging that prison officials failed numerous times to accommodate their religious needs during Ramadan. According to the plaintiffs, during both the 2017 and 2018 Ramadan seasons ... [view]
5 Human Rights Defense Center v. Greene County
3:17-cv-00381-TMR (S.D. Ohio)
Filed 10/31/2017 - Closed 2018
Greene County
Greene County Jail
Jail Conditions
JC-OH-0017
Greene County
Coding Complete
On October 31, 2017, the Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. The HRDC sued Greene County under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. HRDC sought declaratory and injunctive relief as well as monetary damages and attorneys’ fees. They claimed that the defendant violated their First and ... [view]
6 J.J. v. Litscher
3:17-cv-00047 (W.D. Wis.)
Filed 01/23/2017 - Case Ongoing
Wisconsin Department of Correction
Lincoln Hills School for Boys & Copper Lake School for Girls
Juvenile Institution
JI-WI-0004
Coding Complete
On January 23, 2017, four minor children confined to the state juvenile facilities Copper Lake School for Girls and the Lincoln Hills School for Boys filed this class action in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. The plaintiffs sued various state officials responsible for the facility under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The ... [view]
7 Hunter v. Beshear
2:16-cv-00798-MHT-CSC (M.D. Ala.)
Filed 09/30/2016 - Case Ongoing
Alabama
Alabama Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-AL-0017
Montgomery County
Coding Complete
On September 30, 2016, three individuals with severe mental illness deemed incompetent to stand trial in criminal proceedings against them filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. The plaintiffs sued the Alabama Department of Mental Health under the Fourteenth Amendment and Title II of the Americans with ... [view]
8 V.W. v. Conway
9:16-cv-01150-DNH-DEP (N.D.N.Y.)
Filed 09/21/2016 - Closed 2019
Onondaga County
Sherriff, Justice Center
Jail Conditions
Juvenile Institution
JI-NY-0010
Onondaga County
Coding Complete
On September 21, 2016, six named plaintiffs filed this class action lawsuit against Onondaga County in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. Represented by the New York Civil Liberties Union Foundation and Legal Services of Central New York, the plaintiffs challenged the isolation of juveniles in solitary confinement at ... [view]
9 United States v. Hinds County
3:16-cv-00489-WHB-JCG (S.D. Miss.)
Filed 06/23/2016 - Case Ongoing
Hinds County
Jail Conditions
JC-MS-0021
Hinds County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This case originated as a jail conditions case in Hinds County, Mississippi in 2015. In March of 2020, the monitor’s report noted that the novel coronavirus had the potential to become a serious problem at the facilities. The monitor’s report in August 2020 reported that several detainees had tested positive, and that Hinds ... [view]
10 Ogden v. Figgens
2:16-cv-02268 (D. Kan.)
Filed 04/28/2016 - Case Ongoing
Wilson County
Sheriff's Office
Jail Conditions
JC-KS-0011
Wilson County
Coding Complete
On April 28, 2016, family members of inmates at the Wilson County Correctional Facility filed this class action in the U.S. District Court of Kansas. The plaintiffs sued the Sheriff’s office for Wilson County, Kansas under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for violations of the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Represented by the ACLU, the plaintiffs sought ... [view]
11 Long et al v. Pickell
2:16-cv-10842 (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 03/08/2016 - Closed 2017
Sheriff of Genesee County
Genesee County Jail
Jail Conditions
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-MI-0017
Genesee County
Coding Complete
On March 8th, 2016, two Genesee County Jail detainees filed this lawsuit on behalf of themselves and other detainees in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The plaintiffs sued the Sheriff of Genesee County under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiffs, represented by the Civil Rights Clinic of Michigan State University, ... [view]
12 Topete v. County of San Bernardino
5:16-cv-00355 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 02/29/2016 - Case Ongoing
County of San Bernardino
Jail facilities
Jail Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JC-CA-0125
San Bernardino County
Coding Complete
On February 29, 2016, two detainees with disabilities filed this class-action lawsuit against San Bernardino County in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The lawsuit was filed under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Rehabilitation Act. Represented by the Prison Law Office and ... [view]
13 Chavez v. County of Santa Clara
1:15-cv-05277 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 11/18/2015 - Case Ongoing
County of Santa Clara
Santa Clara County jail
Jail Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JC-CA-0123
Santa Clara County
Coding Complete
On November 18, 2015, pretrial detainees at the Santa Clara County Jail filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Northern California. The plaintiffs had been imprisoned in solitary confinement from November 2014 to November 2015 without knowing why they had been placed there or opportunities to appeal the decision. While in ... [view]
14 J.H. v. Dallas
1:15-cv-02057 (M.D. Pa.)
Filed 10/22/2015 - Case Ongoing
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
Mental Health (Facility)
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Criminal Justice (Other)
MH-PA-0001
Coding Complete
On October 22, 2015, individuals who had been found incompetent to stand trial on criminal charges filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. The plaintiffs sued the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Norristown State Hospital, and Torrance State Hospital under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and 42 U ... [view]
15 Copeland v. Jones
4:15-cv-00452 (N.D. Fla.)
Filed 09/16/2015 - Case Ongoing
Florida Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-FL-0024
Coding Complete
On September 16, 2015, the Florida Justice Institute filed this class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 on behalf of 2,000 inmates in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida. The complaint alleged that the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC), and their medical services contractor Corizon LLC, had denied hernia ... [view]
16 U.S. v. Alabama
2:15-cv-00368-MHT-TFM (M.D. Ala.)
Filed 05/28/2015 - Case Ongoing
Alabama Department of Corrections
Alabama Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-AL-0034
Coding Complete
On February 26, 2013, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division sent notice to the Alabama Department of Corrections that it would be conducting an investigation of the Julia Tutwiler Prison. The investigation sought to address allegations that prisoners were subjected to sexual abuse by prison staff in violation of their constitutional ... [view]
17 Dorn v. Michigan Department of Corrections
1:15-cv-00359-PLM (W.D. Mich.)
Filed 04/02/2015 - Closed 2018
Michigan Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-MI-0037
Coding Complete
On April 2, 2015, a HIV positive prisoner filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. The plaintiff sued under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (RA), and 42 U.S.C. §§ 1983 and 1988 against the Michigan Department of Corrections. The ... [view]
18 Farris v. Franklin County
4:14-cv-05083-SAB (E.D. Wash.)
Filed 08/02/2014 - Closed 2019
Franklin County
Franklin County Jail
Jail Conditions
JC-WA-0010
Franklin County
Coding Complete
On August 2, 2014, detainees at the Franklin County Jail filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Franklin County. The plaintiffs, represented by Columbia Legal Services, claimed that jail officials’ excessive use of force and the jail’s squalid living conditions violated ... [view]
19 Braggs v. Dunn
2:14-cv-00601 (M.D. Ala.)
Filed 06/17/2014 - Case Ongoing
Alabama Department of Corrections
Alabama Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-AL-0035
Coding Complete
On June 17, 2014, prisoners and the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP) filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. The plaintiffs sued the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), § 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and 42 U.S.C. § 1983 ... [view]
20 Adams & Knights v. Kentucky
3:14-cv-00001-GFVT (E.D. Ky.)
Filed 01/01/2014 - Case Ongoing
Kentucky Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
DR-KY-0001
Coding Complete
On January 1, 2014, deaf and hard of hearing prisoners in the Kentucky prison system filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky on behalf of themselves and those similarly situated against the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Kentucky Department of Corrections, several other departments of the Commonwealth of ... [view]
21 Morales v. Findley
1:13-cv-07572 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 10/22/2013 - Closed 2019
Illinois
Illinois Prisoner Review Board
Prison Conditions
PC-IL-0039
Coding Complete
On October 22, 2013, five parolees in custody or under supervision of the Illinois Department of Corrections filed this class action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Represented by the Uptown People's Law Center and the MacArthur Justice Center at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, the plaintiffs sued the ... [view]
22 Rudisill v. Ryan
4:13-cv-01149 (D. Ariz.)
Filed 09/13/2013 - Case Ongoing
Arizona Department of Corrections
Arizona Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-AZ-0020
Coding Complete
On September 13, 2013, an African American prisoner in the Arizona State Prison Complex in Tucson filed this lawsuit, pro se, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. The plaintiff filed under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the State of Arizona and the Arizona Department of Corrections. He alleged that the prison assigned him to a ... [view]
23 Ball v. LeBlanc
3:13-cv-00368 (M.D. La.)
Filed 06/10/2013 - Case Ongoing
Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections
Angola
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-LA-0014
Coding Complete
On June 10, 2013, several death row inmates filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections and the Louisiana State Penitentiary. The plaintiffs, represented by the Promise of Justice Initiative and private counsel, alleged ... [view]
24 U.S. v. Robertson County (TN)
3:13-cv-00392 (M.D. Tenn.)
Filed 04/26/2013 - Closed 2018
Robertson County
Robertson County
Jail Conditions
JC-TN-0007
Robertson County
Coding Complete
On July 13, 2010, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division notified Robertson County of its intent to open an investigation of conditions at the Robertson County Detention Center ("RCDF"). On August 26, 2011, the DOJ issued a letter finding that Robertson County failed to protect prisoners from harm due to inadequate suicide prevention ... [view]
25 Hernandez v. County of Monterey
5:13-cv-02354-PSG (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 03/23/2013 - Case Ongoing
County of Monterey, Monterey County Sheriff's Office
Monteray County Jail
Jail Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JC-CA-0107
Monterey County
Coding Complete
On May 23, 2013, prisoners and recently released prisoners from Monterey County Jail filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiffs sued the County of Monterey and the California Forensic Medical Group (CFMG) under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and state law. The plaintiffs, represented by attorneys from ... [view]
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