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Case Name Mason v. Hale JC-AL-0023
Docket / Court 7:11-cv-03155-TMP ( N.D. Ala. )
State/Territory Alabama
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection Post-PLRA Jail and Prison Private Settlement Agreements
Case Summary
On August 31, 2011, prisoners at Jefferson County Jail filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, against the Sheriff of Jefferson County and the Commissioner of Jefferson County, in their official capacities, and against ... read more >
On August 31, 2011, prisoners at Jefferson County Jail filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, against the Sheriff of Jefferson County and the Commissioner of Jefferson County, in their official capacities, and against Jefferson County. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, sought declaratory and injunctive relief, alleging violations of RLUIPA, and the First, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments. Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged overcrowding, indecent living standards, restrictions on mail, ineffective segregation, and the prohibition of religious materials from inmates had led to numerous constitutional and statutory violations.

Plaintiffs filed an amended complaint on November 8, 2011 to include discussion of a related state court case, Hale v. Jefferson County, CV-09-2041 (compress summary

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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Due Process
Free Exercise Clause
Content of Injunction
Hire
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Reporting
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Defendant-type
Corrections
Jurisdiction-wide
Disability
disability, unspecified
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
Religion discrimination
General
Classification / placement
Conditions of confinement
Failure to supervise
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Funding
Mail
Recreation / Exercise
Religious programs / policies
Sanitation / living conditions
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Totality of conditions
Unconstitutional conditions of confinement
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, unspecified
Mental health care, unspecified
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Religious Freedom Rest. Act/Religious Land Use and Inst. Persons Act (RFRA/RLUIPA)
42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Jefferson County Commissioners
Jefferson County Sheriff
Plaintiff Description Prisoners at Jefferson County Jail in Alabama.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Attorneys fees
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration 2014 - 2016
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Case Listing JC-AL-0025 : Hale v. Jefferson County (State Court)
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 ]

Docket(s)
2:11-cv-3155 (N.D. Ala.) 06/16/2014
JC-AL-0023-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
First Amended Verified Petition for Temporary Restraining Order ("TRO"), Preliminary Injunction, Permanent Injunction, Declaratory Judgment, a Common Law Writ of Mandamus, and a Common Law Writ of Prohibition [Exhibit A for Amended Complaint] 07/07/2009
JC-AL-0023-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order on Preliminary Injunction [Exhibit B to Amended Complaint] 07/16/2009
JC-AL-0023-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Complaint 08/30/2011
JC-AL-0023-0001.pdf | Detail
Amended Complaint 11/08/2011
JC-AL-0023-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Motion for Approval of Settlement Agreement, and Settlement Agreement 04/15/2014
JC-AL-0023-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Joint Stipulation Regarding Proposed Class Settlement 06/13/2014
JC-AL-0023-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Boohaker, Joseph (State Trial Court)
JC-AL-0023-0004
Putnam, T. Michael (N.D. Ala.) [Magistrate]
JC-AL-0023-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Arnold, Timothy L (Alabama)
JC-AL-0023-0001 | JC-AL-0023-0002 | JC-AL-0023-9000
Hart, Anna Louise (Alabama)
JC-AL-0023-0002 | JC-AL-0023-9000
King, Dan III (Alabama)
JC-AL-0023-0001 | JC-AL-0023-0002 | JC-AL-0023-9000
Lawes, John E (Alabama)
JC-AL-0023-0005 | JC-AL-0023-0006
Stewart, Donald W (Alabama)
JC-AL-0023-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Jackson, Keith (Alabama)
JC-AL-0023-0003 | JC-AL-0023-9000
McMillan, French A (Alabama)
JC-AL-0023-9000
Murrill, James Edward Jr. (Alabama)
JC-AL-0023-0005 | JC-AL-0023-0006 | JC-AL-0023-9000
Riley, Robert R. Jr. (Alabama)
JC-AL-0023-0003 | JC-AL-0023-9000
Smith, Shawnna H (Alabama)
JC-AL-0023-0006
Terry, Jon B (Alabama)
JC-AL-0023-0003
Other Lawyers None on record

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