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Case Name Suggs v. County of Cumberland JC-NJ-0018
Docket / Court 1:06-cv-00087-RMB-JS ( D.N.J. )
State/Territory New Jersey
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection Strip Search Cases
Case Summary
On January 9, 2006, an individual arrested for failure to pay child support filed a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, challenging the Cumberland County Correctional Facility's blanket policy of strip searching every pre-trial detainee ... read more >
On January 9, 2006, an individual arrested for failure to pay child support filed a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, challenging the Cumberland County Correctional Facility's blanket policy of strip searching every pre-trial detainee entering the jail, regardless of the crime charged and without making a determination whether there was reasonable suspicion that the detainee possessed weapons or contraband. Plaintiff, represented by private counsel, alleged that the policy was unconstitutional in that it violated the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Plaintiff sought monetary and injunctive relief, as well as certification of a plaintiff class consisting of all individuals who were strip searched upon their entry into the Correctional Facility after being arrested on misdemeanor, traffic, or other minor charges.

Defendants answered Plaintiff's complaint by generally denying the charges.

The PACER docket reflects that, during 2006 and 2007, the parties engaged in discovery and attended numerous status conferences before Magistrate Judge Joel Schneider. At the time of this summary, the case was still active, and no substantive motions were pending before the court.

Dan Dalton - 02/11/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
General
Search policies
Strip search policy
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) County of Cumberland
County of Cumberland
County of Cumberland
Plaintiff Description All persons who were or will be strip-searched upon their transfer or entry into the Cumberland County Correctional Facility after being charged with petty crimes and traffic violations.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Unknown
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
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)
1:06-cv-00087-RMB-JS (D.N.J.) 08/09/2011
JC-NJ-0018-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint 01/09/2006
JC-NJ-0018-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Answer of Defendants 05/12/2006
JC-NJ-0018-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting Final Approval of Class Action Settlement and Judgment 11/25/2008 (D.N.J.)
JC-NJ-0018-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Bumb, Renee Marie (D.N.J.)
JC-NJ-0018-0003 | JC-NJ-0018-9000
Schneider, Joel (D.N.J.) [Magistrate]
JC-NJ-0018-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Cuneo, Jonathan W. (District of Columbia)
JC-NJ-0018-0001
Keach, Elmer Robert III (New York)
JC-NJ-0018-0001 | JC-NJ-0018-9000
LaDuca, Charles Joseph (District of Columbia)
JC-NJ-0018-0001
Lesser, Seth R. (New York)
JC-NJ-0018-0001 | JC-NJ-0018-9000
Riback, William A. (New Jersey)
JC-NJ-0018-0001 | JC-NJ-0018-9000
Rudich, Fran L. (New York)
JC-NJ-0018-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Vassalotti, Michael J. (New Jersey)
JC-NJ-0018-0002 | JC-NJ-0018-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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