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Case Name Mann v. Donald PC-GA-0014
Docket / Court 7:08-cv-00005-HL-RLH ( M.D. Ga. )
State/Territory Georgia
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Special Collection Strip Search Cases
Case Summary
On January 8, 2008, a group of inmates filed a class action civil rights lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging that officers with the Georgia Department of Corrections had engaged in a pattern and practice of systematically ... read more >
On January 8, 2008, a group of inmates filed a class action civil rights lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging that officers with the Georgia Department of Corrections had engaged in a pattern and practice of systematically beating restrained inmates in violation of the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, the civil rights laws of the United States and the Georgia Constitution and laws. Plaintiffs alleged that the beatings and torture were afflicted primarily by members of CERT Team ("Correctional Emergency Response Team"). Plaintiffs were represented by private counsel and sought declaratory and injunctive relief, monetary damages and class certification.

On March 14, 2011, the Court (Judge Hugh Lawson) dismissed several claims pursuant to the defendants' motion to dismiss. The Court found that several of the prisoner plaintiffs failed to exhaust their administrative remedies. Additionally, several defendants were dismissed for failure to plead the claims in adequate detail, as required by Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 129 S.Ct. 1937.

On March 14, 2012, the Court severed the claims asserted by two of the plaintiffs pursuant to Rule 21, dismissed several more defendants, and set trial on the remaining claims for July 2012. On July 2, 2012, the plaintiffs stipulated to dismissal of the lawsuit.

Dan Dalton - 01/15/2008
Christina Bonanni - 10/27/2013


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
Sex discrimination
General
Assault/abuse by staff
Disciplinary segregation
Grievance Procedures
Personal injury
Restraints : physical
Sex w/ staff; sexual harassment by staff
Strip search policy
Medical/Mental Health
Medication, administration of
Mental health care, general
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Georgia Department of Corrections
Lowndes State Prison
Plaintiff Description All imates at the Valdosta State Prison and at other Georgia prisons who have been subjected to excessive force, summary punishment, or premeditated violence by being beaten while restrained by CERT Team Officers at Valdosta State Prison or other prisons
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Unknown
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 2013
Case Ongoing No
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 ]

  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 ]

  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)
7:08-cv-00005-HL-RLH (M.D. Ga.) 04/16/2013
PC-GA-0014-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint - Class Action 01/08/2008
PC-GA-0014-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Appeal From the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia 04/27/2009
PC-GA-0014-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 03/14/2011 (2011 WL 867556) (M.D. Ga.)
PC-GA-0014-0003 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 03/14/2012 (M.D. Ga.)
PC-GA-0014-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Entry of Dismissal 04/17/2013 (M.D. Ga.)
PC-GA-0014-0005 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Hodge, Richard L. (M.D. Ga.) [Magistrate]
PC-GA-0014-9000
Lawson, Hugh (M.D. Ga.)
PC-GA-0014-0003 | PC-GA-0014-0004 | PC-GA-0014-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Stokes, McNeill (Georgia)
PC-GA-0014-0001 | PC-GA-0014-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Hirsch, Michelle J. (Georgia)
PC-GA-0014-9000
Piper, Tina M (Georgia)
PC-GA-0014-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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