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Case Name Wiggins v. Sandstrom JC-FL-0018
Docket / Court 1:74-cv-00994 ( S.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
The Southern Legal Counsel and the Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities acted as amicus curiae to challenge the treatment of persons with mental illness (often homeless persons) in the Dade County jail system. They prepared a short term plan which was adopted by the Court and implemented ... read more >
The Southern Legal Counsel and the Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities acted as amicus curiae to challenge the treatment of persons with mental illness (often homeless persons) in the Dade County jail system. They prepared a short term plan which was adopted by the Court and implemented by Defendant Dade County to improve conditions. $945,000 was allocated for implementation of the expert's short-term plan. An additional $350,000 was allocated for a total increase in staff which more than doubled existing staff. Additionally, defendants completed necessary renovations on the floor that housed many of the plaintiffs. Defendants approved the most significant recommendation of the plaintiffs on diversion, which steered homeless persons with mental illness away from the jail to housing in the community and assisted them to negotiate the criminal system. On September 20, 1999, Judge William M. Hoeveler granted the motion to terminate the supplemental consent decree and relinquish jurisdiction of the case.

Jessica Kincaid - 03/21/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Corrections
Disability
Mental impairment
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
General
Conditions of confinement
Failure to train
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Medical/Mental Health
Mental health care, general
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action
Defendant(s) Dade County Jail System
Plaintiff Description Inmates with mental illness in the Dade County Jail system
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 not on record
Case Closing Year 1999
Case Ongoing Unknown
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)
1:74-cv-00994-wmh (S.D. Fla.) 02/17/2006
JC-FL-0018-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
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Judges Hoeveler, William Marcellin (S.D. Fla.)
JC-FL-0018-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Black, Melvin Sidney (Florida)
JC-FL-0018-9000
Saideman, Ellen Marjorie (Florida)
JC-FL-0018-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Duvall, Robert A III (Florida)
JC-FL-0018-9000
Other Lawyers Hughes, Michelle Marie (Florida)
JC-FL-0018-9000

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