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Case Name Graff v. County of Salem JC-NJ-0019
Docket / Court 1:07-cv-02259-RMB-JS ( D.N.J. )
State/Territory New Jersey
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection Strip Search Cases
Case Summary
On May 14, 2007, two individuals who had been arrested on minor charges filed a 42 U.S.C. §1983 class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, challenging the Salem County Correctional Department's policy and practice of strip searching all detainees regardless of ... read more >
On May 14, 2007, two individuals who had been arrested on minor charges filed a 42 U.S.C. §1983 class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, challenging the Salem County Correctional Department's policy and practice of strip searching all detainees regardless of the nature of their charged crime and regardless of the absence of reasonable suspicion to believe the detainees were concealing weapons or contraband. Plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, alleged that this policy and practice violated the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. They requested monetary damages, declaratory and injunctive relief, and certification of a class consisting of individuals who were strip searched at the Correctional Department after being detained non-indictable offenses

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 Salem
Salem County Correctional Facility
Plaintiff Description [Proposed class] All persons who have been placed into custody of the Salem County Correctional Department after being charged with non-indictable offenses and were srip-searched upon their transfer and entry into the Salem County Correctional Department.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted No
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)
1:07-cv-02259-RMB-JS (D.N.J.) 05/19/2009
JC-NJ-0019-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint 05/14/2007
JC-NJ-0019-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Class Action Complaint 09/28/2007
JC-NJ-0019-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Notice of Motion 12/30/2008
JC-NJ-0019-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting Final Approval of Class Action Settlement and Judgment 05/07/2009 (D.N.J.)
JC-NJ-0019-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Bumb, Renee Marie (D.N.J.)
JC-NJ-0019-0003 | JC-NJ-0019-0004 | JC-NJ-0019-9000
Schneider, Joel (D.N.J.) [Magistrate]
JC-NJ-0019-9000
Williams, Karen M (D.N.J.) [Magistrate]
JC-NJ-0019-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Cuneo, Jonathan W. (District of Columbia)
JC-NJ-0019-0001
Keach, Elmer Robert III (New York)
JC-NJ-0019-0001 | JC-NJ-0019-0002 | JC-NJ-0019-0003 | JC-NJ-0019-9000
LaDuca, Charles Joseph (District of Columbia)
JC-NJ-0019-0001 | JC-NJ-0019-0002 | JC-NJ-0019-0003
Lesser, Seth R. (New York)
JC-NJ-0019-0001 | JC-NJ-0019-0002 | JC-NJ-0019-0003 | JC-NJ-0019-9000
Riback, William A. (New Jersey)
JC-NJ-0019-0001 | JC-NJ-0019-0002 | JC-NJ-0019-0003 | JC-NJ-0019-9000
Rudich, Fran L. (New York)
JC-NJ-0019-0001 | JC-NJ-0019-0002 | JC-NJ-0019-0003
Warren, Alexandra C. (District of Columbia)
JC-NJ-0019-0001 | JC-NJ-0019-0002 | JC-NJ-0019-0003
Defendant's Lawyers Briddell, Dawnn Elayne (New Jersey)
JC-NJ-0019-9000
Lomax, Gregory E. (New Jersey)
JC-NJ-0019-9000
Sakach, Catherine L. (New Jersey)
JC-NJ-0019-9000
Voyles, E. Elaine (New Jersey)
JC-NJ-0019-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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