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Case Name Mumphrey v. Shelby County, KY JC-KY-0015
Docket / Court 3:06-CV-00070-KKC ( E.D. Ky. )
State/Territory Kentucky
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
On October 12, 2006, a prisoner in the Shelby County Detention Center filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Shelby County and the Shelby County Detention Center. The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, sought class- ... read more >
On October 12, 2006, a prisoner in the Shelby County Detention Center filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Shelby County and the Shelby County Detention Center. The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, sought class-action certification and asked the court for declaratory relief, injunctive relief, and damages, claiming that conditions in the Kentucky jails violated the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments. Plaintiff alleged that the habitually overcrowded condition of the Jail and the deliberate indifference of jail officials to prevent infectious disease caused his exposure to methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The jail incarcerated inmates with infected persons without such inmates' knowledge, and failed to train Jail employees on policies to prevent conditions that foster the growth and spread of the disease. This is one of a pair of class action cases filed by inmates who claimed to have been infected with MRSA while incarcerated in Kentucky jails. MRSA is a flesh-eating bacteria that can cause debilitating open sores, pain and death.

Discovery issues dominated the case for the first few years.

On May 29, 2009, the plaintiffs filed a second amended complaint, which had abandoned the claims for class action certification but added plaintiffs to the case.

On May 25, 2010, Judge Karen K. Caldwell granted defendants' motion for dismissal of claims from one plaintiff. On January 7, 2011, Judge Caldwell dismissed the remainder of the claims and the case was dismissed with prejudice.

Dan Dalton - 09/17/2007
Jessica Kincaid - 02/15/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Equal Protection
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Defendant-type
Corrections
General
Bathing and hygiene
Conditions of confinement
Failure to train
Sanitation / living conditions
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Unconstitutional conditions of confinement
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Skin Infections
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Shelby County
Plaintiff Description Inmates at the Shelby County Detention Center who were infected with MRSA.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Moot
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 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)
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Docket(s)
3:06-cv-00070-KKC (E.D. Ky.) 01/18/2011
JC-KY-0015-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 10/12/2006
JC-KY-0015-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Second Amended Complaint 05/29/2009
JC-KY-0015-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order of Dismissal 05/25/2010 (E.D. Ky.)
JC-KY-0015-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 01/07/2011 (E.D. Ky.)
JC-KY-0015-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Atkins, Edward B. (E.D. Ky.) [Magistrate]
JC-KY-0015-9000
Caldwell, Karen K. (E.D. Ky.)
JC-KY-0015-0003 | JC-KY-0015-0005 | JC-KY-0015-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Belzley, Gregory A. (Kentucky)
JC-KY-0015-0001 | JC-KY-0015-0002 | JC-KY-0015-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Blankenship, Stacey A. (Kentucky)
JC-KY-0015-9000
Karem, Scott Edmund (Kentucky)
JC-KY-0015-9000
Moore, Douglas R. (Kentucky)
JC-KY-0015-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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