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Case Name Nobles v. Duncil PC-WV-0006
Docket / Court 83-249 ( State Court )
State/Territory West Virginia
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
In July 1983, five inmates at the Huttonsville Correctional Facility in West Virginia petitioned the Supreme Court of West Virginia for a writ of mandamus challenging certain conditions at that facility which, they alleged, violated their constitutional and statutory rights. The plaintiffs, ... read more >
In July 1983, five inmates at the Huttonsville Correctional Facility in West Virginia petitioned the Supreme Court of West Virginia for a writ of mandamus challenging certain conditions at that facility which, they alleged, violated their constitutional and statutory rights. The plaintiffs, represented by Mountain State Justice, Inc., were concerned with overcrowding, disciplinary procedures, and medical care at the prison, in addition to other conditions.

The Supreme Court of West Virginia issued a rule of mandamus returnable to the Circuit Court of Randolph County and appointed Judge Larry V. Starcher as Special Judge. The Circuit Court of Randolph County (Judge Starcher) entered an order finding that conditions at the Huttonsville Correctional Facility fell below the standards guaranteed by the Constitution of West Virginia.

From 1985 to 1996, Judge Starcher monitored the operation and improvement of the facility. On December 26, 1996, the Circuit Court of Randolph County (Judge Starcher) issued a final order in the case, which the defendants appealed.

On July 8, 1998, the Supreme Court of West Virginia (Judge Elliott Maynard) reversed two provisions of the final order, holding that the facility was not required to hire someone outside the Department of Corrections to conduct inmate disciplinary hearings and that future contracts for outside inmate medical services did not have to provide for a per incident threshold of five hundred dollars. Nobles v. Duncil, 505 S.E.2d 442 (W.Va. 1998). We have no further information on the proceedings in this case.

Kristen Sagar - 12/13/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
General
Disciplinary procedures
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Habeas Corpus, 28 U.S.C. ยงยง 2241-2253; 2254; 2255
Defendant(s) West Virginia Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description Five (5) inmates at the Huttonsville Correctional Center
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1985 - 1998
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Civil Rights Injunctions Over Time: A Case Study of Jail and Prison Court Orders
N.Y.U. Law Review
By: Margo Schlanger (Washington University)
Citation: 81 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 550 (2006)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

  Judicial Policy Making and the Modern State: How the Courts Reformed America's Prisons
By: Malcolm M. Feeley & Edward Rubin (UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law & Vanderbilt School of Law Faculty)
Citation: (1998)
[ Detail ]

Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Reported Opinion 07/08/1998 (505 S.E.2d 442)
PC-WV-0006-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Maynard, Elliot E. (State Supreme Court)
PC-WV-0006-0001
Monitors/Masters Starcher, Larry V. (West Virginia)
PC-WV-0006-0001
Plaintiff's Lawyers Hedges, Daniel F. (West Virginia)
PC-WV-0006-0001
Defendant's Lawyers McGraw, Darrell V. Jr. (West Virginia)
PC-WV-0006-0001
Pauley, Rita A. (West Virginia)
PC-WV-0006-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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