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Case Name Soileau v. Phelps JC-LA-0009
Docket / Court 76-1302 ( W.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
On December 9, 1976, prisoners at the St. Landry Parish Prison filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, alleging that the prison's classification procedures unconstitutionally discriminate on the basis of race in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Michael ... read more >
On December 9, 1976, prisoners at the St. Landry Parish Prison filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, alleging that the prison's classification procedures unconstitutionally discriminate on the basis of race in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Michael M. Wahlder, U.S. Magistrate, was appointed Special Master, and on January 6, 1978, he granted the federal government's motion to intervene in the case. On September 22, 1978, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana (Judge Michael Wahlder) entered an interim consent decree, in which the parties agreed that there would be no discrimination on the basis of race at the St. Landry Parish Prison. A notice to close the case's file was signed August 23, 1982.

Kristen Sagar - 02/22/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Classification / placement
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) St. Landry Parish
Plaintiff Description Inmates at the St. Landry Parish Prison who allege the violation of equal protection of the law secured to them by the Constitution of the United States
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 1978 - n/a
Case Closing Year 1982
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)
76-1302 (W.D. La.) 10/04/1983
JC-LA-0009-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Order 01/06/1978 (W.D. La.)
JC-LA-0009-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree as to Plaintiff Intervenor 01/06/1978 (W.D. La.)
JC-LA-0009-0002.pdf | Detail
Notice to Close File 08/23/1982
JC-LA-0009-0003.pdf | Detail
Judges Wahlder, Michael M. (W.D. La.)
JC-LA-0009-0001 | JC-LA-0009-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Jacobs, Alice M. (Louisiana)
JC-LA-0009-0002 | JC-LA-0009-9000
Kellogg, R. James (Louisiana)
JC-LA-0009-0002 | JC-LA-0009-9000
Reynolds, William Bradford (District of Columbia)
JC-LA-0009-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Bookrer, Claude W. Jr. (Louisiana)
JC-LA-0009-9000
Burson, I. Jackson (Louisiana)
JC-LA-0009-0002 | JC-LA-0009-9000
Guste, William J. Jr. (Louisiana)
JC-LA-0009-9000
Lomenick, Otis E. Jr. (Louisiana)
JC-LA-0009-9000
Montgomery, J. Marvin (Louisiana)
JC-LA-0009-0002 | JC-LA-0009-9000
Trosclair, Frank P. Jr. (Louisiana)
JC-LA-0009-0002 | JC-LA-0009-9000
Villere, Plauche F. Jr. (Louisiana)
JC-LA-0009-9000
Other Lawyers Peabody, Arthur E. Jr. (District of Columbia)
JC-LA-0009-0003 | JC-LA-0009-0003

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