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Case Name In Re: Jail Population, Orleans Parish JC-LA-0004
Docket / Court 3:82-cv-00653-FJP ( M.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
This is one of a collection of § 1983 inmate cases filed in Louisiana federal courts to challenge the operation and conditions of confinement in the Louisiana prison system and in parish and city jails through Louisiana. These cases have worked their way through the federal courts for the last ... read more >
This is one of a collection of § 1983 inmate cases filed in Louisiana federal courts to challenge the operation and conditions of confinement in the Louisiana prison system and in parish and city jails through Louisiana. These cases have worked their way through the federal courts for the last three decades.

In an effort to avoid inconsistent decrees, in Hamilton v. Morial, 644 F.2d 351 (5th Cir. 1981) [See JC-LA-3 of this collection] the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered that all federal litigation against state, parish or local prison facilities, relating to inmate population issues, be consolidated in the District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. Thereafter, many Louisiana state, parish, and city facilities entered into consent decrees which specified inmate population limits and officer-to-inmate ratios. Since 1981, those facilities were under the judicial oversight of District Judge Frank J. Polozola of the Middle District of Louisiana. Over the years Judge Polozola revised the decrees to adjust population caps and officer-to-prisoner ratios as necessary.

In this case, the original Consent Decree was approved and entered by the District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana on September 22, 1982 and the case was closed.

The Consent Decree was modified on August 22, 1989, July 3, 1991 and May 21, 1994 to reflect changes to population caps.

On August 4, 1994, District Judge Polozola ordered that all cases involving population caps for parish prisons be reopened and reconsidered.

On December 23, 1997, the case was again closed. The PACER docket notes no further activity.

Dan Dalton - 02/09/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Pre-PLRA Population Cap
General
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Orleans Parish
Plaintiff Description Inmates housed in the Orleans Parish Jail.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1982 - n/a
Case Closing Year 1997
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 ]

Docket(s)
81-00341 (M.D. La.) 12/23/1997
JC-LA-0004-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
82-00435 (M.D. La.) 12/23/1997
JC-LA-0004-9001 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
82-00650 (M.D. La.) 12/23/1997
JC-LA-0004-9002 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
82-00653 (M.D. La.) 12/23/1997
JC-LA-0004-9003 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Stipulation and Consent Decree 09/22/1982 (M.D. La.)
JC-LA-0004-0001 PDF | Detail
Supplemental Stipulation and Consent Decree 08/24/1989 (M.D. La.)
JC-LA-0004-0002 PDF | Detail
Stipulation and Consent Decree 07/03/1991 (M.D. La.)
JC-LA-0004-0003 PDF | Detail
Stipulation and Consent Decree 07/03/1991 (M.D. La.)
JC-LA-0004-0005 PDF | Detail
Stipulation and Consent Decree 05/12/1994 (M.D. La.)
JC-LA-0004-0004 PDF | Detail
Judges Polozola, Frank Joseph (M.D. La.) [Magistrate]
JC-LA-0004-0001 | JC-LA-0004-0002 | JC-LA-0004-0003 | JC-LA-0004-0004 | JC-LA-0004-0005 | JC-LA-0004-9000 | JC-LA-0004-9001 | JC-LA-0004-9002 | JC-LA-0004-9003
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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