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Case Name Reynolds v. County of Dauphin, PA JC-PA-0033
Docket / Court 1 :07-CV-01688 ( M.D. Pa. )
State/Territory Pennsylvania
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection Strip Search Cases
Case Summary
On September 16, 2007, prisoners of the Dauphin County Prison ("Prison") filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the County of Dauphin, PA, in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg Division. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, ... read more >
On September 16, 2007, prisoners of the Dauphin County Prison ("Prison") filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the County of Dauphin, PA, in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg Division. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, sought monetary, declaratory, and injunctive relief, claiming that the Prison's blanket policy of strip searching all detainees regardless of criminal charge or reasonable suspicion violated the 4th Amendment.

On October 11, 2007, Defendants moved to dismiss the original complaint. On November 20, 2007, the Plaintiffs submitted an Amended Class Action Complaint addressing some of the terms discussed by the Defendant's counsel in the motion. Defendants moved to dismiss the amended complaint; however, the motion was dismissed without prejudice by the Court (Hon. Thomas I. Vanaskie) on August 21, 2008.

On December 18, 2009, the court entered its Final Approval of Class Action Settlement and Judgment. Dauphin County was required to eliminate their strip search policy and create a new one, provide retraining of corrections officers, and guarantee enforcement of the new policy. In addition, the plaintiffs were awarded a sum of $2,160,500 in damages, costs, and attorneys' fees.

Katrina Campos - 06/17/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Strip search policy
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) County of Dauphin
Plaintiff Description All who have been or will be strip searched in the Dauphin County Prison after being charged with misdemeanors, summary offenses, among other minor crimes as of September 16, 2005.
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 Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2008 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2009
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 ]

  Jail Strip-Search Cases: Patterns and Participants
http://law.duke.edu/journals/lcp
By: Margo Schlanger (Washington University in St. Louis)
Citation: 71 Law & Contemp. Problems 65 (2008)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
1:07-cv-01688-TIV (M.D. Pa.) 09/16/2007
JC-PA-0033-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Settlement Agreement
JC-PA-0033-0002.pdf | Detail
Class Action Complaint 09/16/2007
JC-PA-0033-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendant County of Dauphin's Motion to Dismiss 10/11/2007 (2007 WL 4772730)
JC-PA-0033-0005.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order (Recusal of Judge Conner) 10/24/2007 (M.D. Pa.)
JC-PA-0033-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendant County of Dauphin's Brief in Support of its Motion to Dismiss 10/25/2007 (2007 WL 4772731)
JC-PA-0033-0026.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Class Action Complaint 11/20/2007 (2007 WL 4772732)
JC-PA-0033-0025.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendant Dauphin County's Motion to Dismiss Amended Complaint 12/05/2007
JC-PA-0033-0011.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendant County of Dauphin's Brief in Support of its Motion to Dismiss the Amended Complaint 12/05/2007
JC-PA-0033-0012.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Brief in Opposition to Defendant's Motion to Dismiss the Amended Compaint 01/08/2008
JC-PA-0033-0018.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Protective Order 01/14/2008 (M.D. Pa.)
JC-PA-0033-0020.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendant County of Dauphin's Reply Brief in Support of its Motion to Dismiss the Amended Complaint 01/23/2008
JC-PA-0033-0021.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Preliminarily Approving Settlement 04/08/2009 (M.D. Pa.)
JC-PA-0033-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: Plaintiffs' counsel
Memorandum of Law in Support of Joint Motion for Final Approval of Class Action Settlement, For an Award of Expenses and Attorneys' Fees, and for Approval of Incentive Award to the Class Representatives 09/30/2009
JC-PA-0033-0023.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting Final Approval of Class Action Settlement and Judgment 12/18/2009 (M.D. Pa.)
JC-PA-0033-0024.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Conner, Christopher C. (M.D. Pa.)
JC-PA-0033-0006
Vanaskie, Thomas Ignatius (Third Circuit, M.D. Pa.)
JC-PA-0033-0001 | JC-PA-0033-0020 | JC-PA-0033-0024
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Keach, Elmer Robert III (New York)
JC-PA-0033-0002 | JC-PA-0033-0003 | JC-PA-0033-0018 | JC-PA-0033-0023 | JC-PA-0033-0025 | JC-PA-0033-9000
LaDuca, Charles Joseph (District of Columbia)
JC-PA-0033-0002 | JC-PA-0033-0003 | JC-PA-0033-0018 | JC-PA-0033-0023 | JC-PA-0033-0025 | JC-PA-0033-9000
Levin, Daniel C. (Pennsylvania)
JC-PA-0033-0002 | JC-PA-0033-0003 | JC-PA-0033-0018 | JC-PA-0033-0023 | JC-PA-0033-0025 | JC-PA-0033-9000
Mason, Gary E. (District of Columbia)
JC-PA-0033-0002 | JC-PA-0033-0003 | JC-PA-0033-0018 | JC-PA-0033-0023 | JC-PA-0033-0025 | JC-PA-0033-9000
Migliaccio, Nicholas A. (District of Columbia)
JC-PA-0033-9000
Ross, Alan M. (Pennsylvania)
JC-PA-0033-0002 | JC-PA-0033-0003 | JC-PA-0033-0023 | JC-PA-0033-0025 | JC-PA-0033-9000
Warren, Alexandra C. (Virginia)
JC-PA-0033-0023 | JC-PA-0033-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Chwastyk, Devin J. (Pennsylvania)
JC-PA-0033-0005 | JC-PA-0033-0011 | JC-PA-0033-0012 | JC-PA-0033-0021 | JC-PA-0033-0026 | JC-PA-0033-9000
Dadamo, Gary H. (Pennsylvania)
JC-PA-0033-9000
DeAngelo, James P. (Pennsylvania)
JC-PA-0033-0005 | JC-PA-0033-0012 | JC-PA-0033-0021 | JC-PA-0033-0026 | JC-PA-0033-9000
Hanna, Robert G. Jr. (Pennsylvania)
JC-PA-0033-0005 | JC-PA-0033-0011 | JC-PA-0033-0012 | JC-PA-0033-0021 | JC-PA-0033-0026 | JC-PA-0033-9000
Jacob, Devon M. (Pennsylvania)
JC-PA-0033-0005 | JC-PA-0033-0011 | JC-PA-0033-0012 | JC-PA-0033-0021 | JC-PA-0033-0026 | JC-PA-0033-9000
Lavery, Frank J. Jr. (Pennsylvania)
JC-PA-0033-0002 | JC-PA-0033-0005 | JC-PA-0033-0011 | JC-PA-0033-0012 | JC-PA-0033-0021 | JC-PA-0033-0026 | JC-PA-0033-9000
Lehman, David E. (Pennsylvania)
JC-PA-0033-0005 | JC-PA-0033-0011 | JC-PA-0033-0012 | JC-PA-0033-0021 | JC-PA-0033-0026 | JC-PA-0033-9000
Morrison, Eric M. (Pennsylvania)
JC-PA-0033-9000
Young, Carol Steinour (Pennsylvania)
JC-PA-0033-0002 | JC-PA-0033-0005 | JC-PA-0033-0011 | JC-PA-0033-0012 | JC-PA-0033-0021 | JC-PA-0033-0026 | JC-PA-0033-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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