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Case Name Jackson v. Whitman JC-LA-0016
Docket / Court 83-2031 ( W.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
Prisoners at the Bienville Parish Jail filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against representatives of the parish in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. The plaintiffs alleged that their constitutional rights had been violated by inadequacies in the ... read more >
Prisoners at the Bienville Parish Jail filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against representatives of the parish in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. The plaintiffs alleged that their constitutional rights had been violated by inadequacies in the areas of living quarters, hygiene, food, security, medical and dental care, disciplinary procedures, communications, mail and visitation, access to courts, law library, recreation, and religion.

On May 24, 1985, the parties entered into a consent decree addressing each of the aforementioned issues, but on August 1, 1986, the plaintiffs asked the court to hold the defendants in contempt for failure to comply with the decree. On August 15, 1986, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana (Judge Thomas E. Stagg, Jr.) held the defendants in contempt of court for failure to comply with the terms of the consent decree, assessing fines and requiring the defendants to pay the attorneys' fees of the plaintiffs. Jackson v. Whitman, 642 F.Supp. 816 (W.D.La. 1986). We have no further record of the proceedings in this case.

Kristen Sagar - 03/14/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Assault/abuse by staff
Classification / placement
Disciplinary procedures
Education
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Law library access
Mail
Phone
Recreation / Exercise
Religious programs / policies
Sanitation / living conditions
Totality of conditions
Visiting
Medical/Mental Health
Dental care
Medical care, unspecified
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Bienville Parish
Plaintiff Description Prisoners at the Bienville Parish Jail
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 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)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ]

Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Memorandum Ruling 08/15/1986 (642 F.Supp. 816) (W.D. La.)
JC-LA-0016-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Stagg, Thomas E. Jr. (W.D. La.)
JC-LA-0016-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Walker, Henry C. IV (Louisiana)
JC-LA-0016-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Blake, John (Louisiana)
JC-LA-0016-0001
Stokes, Douglas L. (Louisiana)
JC-LA-0016-0001
Welsh, Charles (Louisiana)
JC-LA-0016-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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