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Case Name Mims v. County of Fresno JC-CA-0079
Docket / Court 10CECG00528 ( State Court )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection California Jail Population Caps
Case Summary
In January or February 2010, Fresno Sheriff Margaret Mims laid off staff and shut down three floors of the county jail, substantially reducing capacity, because her budget wouldn't allow her to staff both the jail and patrol. Because of the jail population cap in Cruz v. Fresno, JC-CA-66 (listed ... read more >
In January or February 2010, Fresno Sheriff Margaret Mims laid off staff and shut down three floors of the county jail, substantially reducing capacity, because her budget wouldn't allow her to staff both the jail and patrol. Because of the jail population cap in Cruz v. Fresno, JC-CA-66 (listed below as a related case), the result was a substantial number of pretrial prisoner releases. The Fresno Board of Supervisors refused to give her any additional money and ordered her office to restore the jail staff; she brought this lawsuit in state court, claiming that as an elected official, only she had authority to decide the appropriateness of layoffs. In July 2010, Sheriff Mims won a preliminary injunction enabling her to carry out the layoffs, but the lawsuit continued; final judgment is pending as of July 2012.

Margo Schlanger - 07/03/2012


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Pre-PLRA Population Cap
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
General
Conditions of confinement
Plaintiff Type
City/County Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action None on record
Defendant(s) Fresno County Board of Supervisors
Plaintiff Description Fresno county Sheriff.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Case Listing JC-CA-0066 : Cruz v. County of Fresno (E.D. Cal.)
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)
10CECG00528 (State Trial Court) 05/18/2012
JC-CA-0079-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
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Judges Franson, Donald R. (State Appellate Court)
JC-CA-0079-9000
Snauffer, Mark W. (State Trial Court)
JC-CA-0079-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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