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Case Name Jones v. Morris County Correctional Facility JC-NJ-0015
Docket / Court 2:06-cv-02461-DMC-MF ( D.N.J. )
State/Territory New Jersey
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection Strip Search Cases
Case Summary
On May 23 2006, a state pretrial detainee of the Morris County Correctional Facility, filed, pro se, a complaint under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, seeking injunctive relief and damages for violations of his Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendment rights in the United States District Court for the ... read more >
On May 23 2006, a state pretrial detainee of the Morris County Correctional Facility, filed, pro se, a complaint under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, seeking injunctive relief and damages for violations of his Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendment rights in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Specifically, the plaintiff claimed that jail officials had subjected him to mandatory strip searches, denied him access to legal phone calls and interfered with his mail, and committed sanitary violations relating to footwear and mattresses.

The plaintiff was a pretrial detainee. He alleged that he was subject to daily, mandatory strip searches from August 30 to September 8th, 2005, from March 14 to March 17, 2006, and from March 20 to March 25, 2006. Plaintiff claimed the sole purpose of these searches was to humiliate him.

On August 26, 2006, the Court (Judge Dennis Cavanaugh) dismissed several of the claims sua sponte as required by the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA). The Court allowed the strip search and interference with legal mail claims to proceed.

On June 8, 2007, Judge Cavanaugh, after converting the Defendants' motion to dismiss to a motion for summary judgment, granted summary judgment in favor of the defendants, and the case was closed.

Blase Kearney - 04/30/2012


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
General
Law library access
Mail
Sanitation / living conditions
Search policies
Strip search policy
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Morris County Correctional Facility
Plaintiff Description Detainee subjected to daily strip searches without probable cause while confined in pre-hearing detention and disciplinary detention at the Morris County Correctional Facility
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2007
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies After Decision: Implementation of Judicial Decrees in Correctional Settings
Written: Oct. 01, 1977
By: M. Kay Harris & Dudley P. Spiller (Temple University)
Citation: (1977)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ]

  Jail Strip-Search Cases: Patterns and Participants
http://law.duke.edu/journals/lcp
By: Margo Schlanger (Washington University in St. Louis)
Citation: 71 Law & Contemp. Problems 65 (2008)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
2:06-cv-02461-DMC-MF (D.N.J.) 06/08/2007
JC-NJ-0015-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 05/23/2006
JC-NJ-0015-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion [Denying Motion to Waive Filing Fee] 06/05/2006 (2006 WL 1582067) (D.N.J.)
JC-NJ-0015-0001.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
[First Amended] Complaint 06/23/2006
JC-NJ-0015-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Dismissing Some Claims] 08/29/2006 (2006 WL 2506755 / 2006 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 61208) (D.N.J.)
JC-NJ-0015-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion [Converting Motion to Dismiss to Motion for S/J] 04/13/2007 (2007 WL 1118342 / 2007 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 27556) (D.N.J.)
JC-NJ-0015-0006.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Order [re: Summary Judgment] 06/08/2007 (2007 WL 1746178 / 2007 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 42161) (D.N.J.)
JC-NJ-0015-0005.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Cavanaugh, Dennis M. (D.N.J.) [Magistrate]
JC-NJ-0015-0001 | JC-NJ-0015-0004 | JC-NJ-0015-0005 | JC-NJ-0015-0006 | JC-NJ-0015-9000
Falk, Mark (D.N.J.) [Magistrate]
JC-NJ-0015-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers McMahon, Edward R. (New Jersey)
JC-NJ-0015-0006 | JC-NJ-0015-9000
O'Connor, Kevin J. (New Jersey)
JC-NJ-0015-0006 | JC-NJ-0015-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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