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Case Name Marvin v. County of Kings JC-CA-0080
Docket / Court 01 C 0040 ( State Court )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection California Jail Population Caps
Case Summary
On January 4, 2001, the sheriff of Kings County filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of California for the County of Kings against the County, seeking injunctive relief relating to the overcrowding of the County Jail. The Court (Judge Peter M. Schultz) granted relief stipulated to by both parties ... read more >
On January 4, 2001, the sheriff of Kings County filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of California for the County of Kings against the County, seeking injunctive relief relating to the overcrowding of the County Jail. The Court (Judge Peter M. Schultz) granted relief stipulated to by both parties on March 7, 2001, issuing a prisoner release order and a permanent injunction setting a population capacity limit for the jail.

Over the following years, the parties worked together to manage overcrowding in the jail, including building a new jail to which all prisoners were transferred in 2006. When it became clear that the new jail, too, had begun to experience overcrowding, the parties moved to apply the population cap to the new jail as well, and after an inspection of the jail and a public hearing, the Court granted the motion on October 17, 2007.

The docket indicates that another stipulated motion to modify the permanent injunction was filed on July 13, 2012; as of the date of this summary, there is no indication that the court has yet acted upon this motion.

Christopher Schad - 07/18/2012


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Post-PLRA Population Cap
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
Plaintiff Type
City/County Plaintiff
Causes of Action
Defendant(s) County of Kings
Plaintiff Description the sheriff of Kings County
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 Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
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)
01 C 0040 (State Trial Court) 07/13/2012
JC-CA-0080-9000.pdf | Detail
State Court Website
General Documents
Stipulated Order for Modification of Permanent Injunction and Judgment 10/17/2007
JC-CA-0080-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges Schultz, Peter M. (State Trial Court)
JC-CA-0080-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Hagar, John H. Jr. (California)
JC-CA-0080-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Moock, Peter D. (California)
JC-CA-0080-0001 | JC-CA-0080-9000
Sand, Kyle (California)
JC-CA-0080-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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