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Case Name Nwakanma v. Clark PC-GA-0015
Docket / Court 4:11-cv-00188 ( N.D. Ga. )
State/Territory Georgia
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Attorney Organization Southern Center for Human Rights
Case Summary
On July 12, 2011, prisoners in the custody of the Georgia Department of Corrections ("GDC") filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the state of Georgia. The plaintiffs, represented by the Southern Center for Human Rights and ... read more >
On July 12, 2011, prisoners in the custody of the Georgia Department of Corrections ("GDC") filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the state of Georgia. The plaintiffs, represented by the Southern Center for Human Rights and private counsel, asked the Court for compensatory and punitive damages and injunctive relief. Specifically, plaintiffs claimed that beatings inflicted upon them by correctional officers violated the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments.

On August 12, 2010, members of the GDC assaulted the plaintiffs at Hays State Prison. The plaintiffs were beaten while handcuffed and did not offer any resistance or commit any act that justified the use of force. The plaintiffs were punched, stomped on, kicked in the groin and face, struck with a flashlight, and suffered injuries including fractured teeth, a facial injury requiring oral surgery, loss of consciousness, fractured toes, and neurological damage.

On February 23, 2012, the parties filed a stipulation of dismissal, voluntarily dismissing the case with prejudice. The parties settled outside of court. According to the plaintiffs' counsel's press release, the settlement was for $93,000 and specified medical care for the plaintiffs.

Nate West - 10/01/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Defendant-type
Corrections
General
Assault/abuse by staff
Conditions of confinement
Disciplinary procedures
Excessive force
Unconstitutional conditions of confinement
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
White
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Georgia Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description Plaintiffs were inmates at Hays State Prison who were severely beaten by correctional officers.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Southern Center for Human Rights
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2012
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Civil Rights Injunctions Over Time: A Case Study of Jail and Prison Court Orders
N.Y.U. Law Review
By: Margo Schlanger (Washington University)
Citation: 81 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 550 (2006)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

  Judicial Policy Making and the Modern State: How the Courts Reformed America's Prisons
By: Malcolm M. Feeley & Edward Rubin (UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law & Vanderbilt School of Law Faculty)
Citation: (1998)
[ Detail ]

Docket(s)
4:11−cv−00188 (N.D. Ga.) 04/14/2014
PC-GA-0015-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 07/12/2011
PC-GA-0015-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 12/08/2011 (N.D. Ga.)
PC-GA-0015-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Joint Stipulation of Dismissal 02/17/2012
PC-GA-0015-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Press Release 02/17/2012
PC-GA-0015-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: Plaintiffs' counsel
Stipulation of Dismissal 02/23/2012
PC-GA-0015-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Murphy, Harold Lloyd (N.D. Ga.)
PC-GA-0015-0001 | PC-GA-0015-0001 | PC-GA-0015-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bracken, Lawrence J. II (Georgia)
PC-GA-0015-0002 | PC-GA-0015-0003 | PC-GA-0015-0004 | PC-GA-0015-9000
Geraghty, Sarah E. (Georgia)
PC-GA-0015-0002 | PC-GA-0015-0003 | PC-GA-0015-0004 | PC-GA-0015-9000
Hollie, Atteeyah Eshe (Georgia)
PC-GA-0015-0002 | PC-GA-0015-0003 | PC-GA-0015-0004 | PC-GA-0015-9000
Lott, Rhani Morris (Georgia)
PC-GA-0015-0002 | PC-GA-0015-0003 | PC-GA-0015-0004 | PC-GA-0015-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Appel, Adam Lowell (Georgia)
PC-GA-0015-9000
Appelbaum, Eve Anne (Georgia)
PC-GA-0015-0002 | PC-GA-0015-9000
Boyer, Matthew F. (Georgia)
PC-GA-0015-9000
Bryan, Marquetta Johnson (Georgia)
PC-GA-0015-0002 | PC-GA-0015-9000
Busbee, Annarita M. (Georgia)
PC-GA-0015-0002 | PC-GA-0015-9000
Curry, Stephen E. (Georgia)
PC-GA-0015-0002 | PC-GA-0015-9000
Hance, Holly (Georgia)
PC-GA-0015-9000
Harris, Frank Philips (Georgia)
PC-GA-0015-0002 | PC-GA-0015-9000
LaVallee, Matthew R. (Georgia)
PC-GA-0015-9000
Meadows, Lauren E.H. (Georgia)
PC-GA-0015-0002 | PC-GA-0015-9000
Orland, Devon (Georgia)
PC-GA-0015-0002 | PC-GA-0015-0003 | PC-GA-0015-9000
Richardson, Thomas F. (Georgia)
PC-GA-0015-0002 | PC-GA-0015-9000
Seacrest, Gary L. (Georgia)
PC-GA-0015-0002 | PC-GA-0015-9000
Seidel, Stacy Petroff (Georgia)
PC-GA-0015-9000
Shaw, Jeffrey Alexander (Georgia)
PC-GA-0015-9000
Teaster, Susan Elizabeth (Georgia)
PC-GA-0015-9000
Toreno, Vincent Aaron (Georgia)
PC-GA-0015-0002 | PC-GA-0015-9000
Weaver, George M. (Georgia)
PC-GA-0015-9000
Will, David C. (Georgia)
PC-GA-0015-0002 | PC-GA-0015-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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