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Case Name Inmates of the Riverside County Jail v. Clark JC-CA-0082
Docket / Court Unknown ( State Court )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection California Jail Population Caps
Case Summary
Sometime in 1981, thirty-one prisoners at the Riverside County Jail at Indio filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of California for the County of Riverside against the County Sheriff, challenging their conditions of confinement under the state and federal constitutions. Specifically, the ... read more >
Sometime in 1981, thirty-one prisoners at the Riverside County Jail at Indio filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of California for the County of Riverside against the County Sheriff, challenging their conditions of confinement under the state and federal constitutions. Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged that the jail was overcrowded and understaffed and that it failed to meet basic sanitation standards.

After extensive hearings, the Superior Court (Judge Warren Slaughter) issued a comprehensive remedial order. The order required, among other things, that the Sheriff (1) increase prisoners' weekly outdoor exercise time, (2) implement a sanitary clothing and linen exchange system, (3) keep the large metal security doors to the housing units open except in emergencies so that disturbances and prisoner communications could be heard, (4) staff the facility adequately, and (5) not allow any housing unit to be filled past rated capacity except in emergencies.

On appeal, the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth District, Division Two (Presiding Justice Margaret Morris) affirmed. In an order dated July 12, 1983, the Court of Appeal found that the Superior Court had correctly applied the proper standard to determine constitutional deficiency. Inmates of the Riverside Cnty. Jail v. Clark, 192 Cal. Rptr. 823 (Cal. Ct. App. 1983). It amended the order only to have the Superior Court reconsider its decision regarding the metal security door in light of the Sheriff's subsequent experience and to give the Sheriff more time to find adequate staff.

No further information is available on this case as of the writing of this summary.

Christopher Schad - 07/18/2012


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Pre-PLRA Population Cap
Defendant-type
Corrections
General
Assault/abuse by residents/inmates/students
Recreation / Exercise
Sanitation / living conditions
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Habeas Corpus, 28 U.S.C. §§ 2241-2253; 2254; 2255
42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) County of Riverside
Plaintiff Description prisoners at the Riverside County Jail
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 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)
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Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Opinion [Affirming the Superior Court's Remedial Order] 07/12/1983 (192 Cal.Rptr. 823)
JC-CA-0082-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Justia
Judges Morris, Margaret (State Appellate Court)
JC-CA-0082-0001
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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