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Case Name In Re: Jail Population (Avoyelles Parish (Avoyelles Bunkie Detention Center)) JC-LA-0005
Docket / Court 82-802 ( M.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
On September 10, 1982, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana entered a consent decree in a case regarding the population caps at the Avoyelles Bunkie Detention Center in Avoyelles Parish, Lousiana. On August 4, 1994, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of ... read more >
On September 10, 1982, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana entered a consent decree in a case regarding the population caps at the Avoyelles Bunkie Detention Center in Avoyelles Parish, Lousiana. On August 4, 1994, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana (Judge Frank J. Polozola) ordered that all cases involving population caps for parish prisons must be reopened and reconsidered.

On February 27, 1997, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana (Judge Polozola) modified the consent decree to reflect new population limits for the jail. On March 19, 1997, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana (Judge Polozola) again modified the consent decree to reflect another set of population limits for the jail. On December 23, 1997, the case was again closed.

Kristen Sagar - 03/14/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
General
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Avoyelles Parish
Marksville Facility
Plaintiff Description Inmates in the Avoyelles Bunkie Detention Center in Bunkie, Louisiana
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Unknown
Class action status granted Unknown
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 - 1997
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)
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Docket(s)
82-802 (M.D. La.) 12/23/1997
JC-LA-0005-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Stipulation and Consent Decree 02/13/1997 (M.D. La.)
JC-LA-0005-0005 PDF | Detail
Order 02/27/1997 (M.D. La.)
JC-LA-0005-0002 PDF | Detail
Order 02/27/1997 (M.D. La.)
JC-LA-0005-0003 PDF | Detail
Stipulation and Consent Decree 03/13/1997 (M.D. La.)
JC-LA-0005-0004 PDF | Detail
Order 03/19/1997 (M.D. La.)
JC-LA-0005-0001 PDF | Detail
Judges Polozola, Frank Joseph (M.D. La.) [Magistrate]
JC-LA-0005-0001 | JC-LA-0005-0002 | JC-LA-0005-0003 | JC-LA-0005-0004 | JC-LA-0005-0005 | JC-LA-0005-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers Rabalais, Rodney M. (Louisiana)
JC-LA-0005-0004 | JC-LA-0005-0005
Other Lawyers None on record

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