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Case Name Robertson v. Block JC-CA-0064
Docket / Court 82-1442 ( C.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
Case Summary
This class action case about the conditions of confinement for gay prisoners in the L.A. County jail began in 1982, in the U.S. District Court of the Central District of California. It ended with a settlement, approved by the Court on July 17, 1985, that provided for such prisoners' housing in a ... read more >
This class action case about the conditions of confinement for gay prisoners in the L.A. County jail began in 1982, in the U.S. District Court of the Central District of California. It ended with a settlement, approved by the Court on July 17, 1985, that provided for such prisoners' housing in a special unit ("K-10"). The settlement also set out parameters for conditions in that unit, relating to exercise, meal service, telephones, clothing and hygiene, grievance procedures, dayroom access, visits, and transportation to court.

Margo Schlanger - 07/22/2009


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Assault/abuse by residents/inmates/students
Bathing and hygiene
Classification / placement
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Gay/lesbian/transgender
Grievance Procedures
Phone
Recreation / Exercise
Sanitation / living conditions
Sexual abuse by residents/inmates
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action None on record
Defendant(s) Los Angeles Count
Plaintiff Description Gay male prisoners in the L.A. County Jail
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1985 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
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)
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General Documents
Stipulation and Request for Dismissal: Order 07/17/1985
JC-CA-0064-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges Gray, William Percival (C.D. Cal., S.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0064-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Hagar, John H. Jr. (California)
JC-CA-0064-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Bennett, Frederick R. (California)
JC-CA-0064-0001
Clinton, DeWitt W. (California)
JC-CA-0064-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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