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Case Name Haller v. County of Sutter JC-CA-0086
Docket / Court 2:93-cv-01256 ( E.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection California Jail Population Caps
Attorney Organization Prisoners Rights Union
Case Summary
On August 3, 1993, prisoners at the Sutter County jail filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California again the County Sheriff, challenging the constitutionality of their conditions of confinement. The plaintiffs, represented by the Prisoner Rights ... read more >
On August 3, 1993, prisoners at the Sutter County jail filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California again the County Sheriff, challenging the constitutionality of their conditions of confinement. The plaintiffs, represented by the Prisoner Rights Union and private counsel, brought suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging that, among other things, the overcrowding at the jail and the inadequacy of the medical treatment offered violated the Eight Amendment. They sought declaratory and injunctive relief.

Plaintiffs initially moved the Court for a temporary restraining order, but later stipulated to a continuance of their motion, and on September 15, 1993, the parties stipulated to and the Court (Judge David F. Levi) ordered a permanent injunction limiting population at the jail. The injunction including a prohibition against sleeping prisoners on the floor, a cap at capacity except in certain temporary circumstances, and authorization for the Sheriff to begin releasing prisoners from a housing unit if it came within 10% of capacity.

On February 16, 1994, the case was referred to Magistrate Judge Peter A. Nowinski for settlement negotiations, and in August of the same year the parties reached an agreement. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, the injunction regarding jail population would stay in place, and the Sheriff would be required to provide prisoners with more recreation time; access to certain materials, including CD-ROMs, at the law library; and a variety of medical, dental and mental health care services, including HIV testing, pregnancy services, and programs for detoxification and suicide prevention.

On September 14, 1994, the Court (Judge Levi) approved the settlement and dismissed the case.

Christopher Schad - 07/23/2012


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Content of Injunction
Recordkeeping
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Pre-PLRA Population Cap
Defendant-type
Corrections
General
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Law library access
Record-keeping
Recreation / Exercise
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Suicide prevention
Medical/Mental Health
Dental care
HIV/AIDS
Medical care, general
Mental health care, general
Suicide prevention
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) County of Sutter
Plaintiff Description prisoners at the Sutter County Jail
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Prisoners Rights Union
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1993 - n/a
Case Closing Year 1994
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)
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Docket(s)
2:93-cv-01256-DFL-JFM (E.D. Cal.) 09/14/1994
JC-CA-0086-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Stipulation [and Order Regarding] Population Limits 09/15/1993 (E.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0086-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Settlement Agreement 09/14/1994
JC-CA-0086-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Levi, David F. (E.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0086-0001 | JC-CA-0086-0002 | JC-CA-0086-9000
Moulds, John F. (E.D. Cal.) [Magistrate]
JC-CA-0086-9000
Nowinski, Peter A. (E.D. Cal.) [Magistrate]
JC-CA-0086-0002
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Comiskey, Paul Wayne (California)
JC-CA-0086-0001 | JC-CA-0086-9000
Persons, Paul Turner (California)
JC-CA-0086-0002 | JC-CA-0086-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Hagar, John H. Jr. (California)
JC-CA-0086-0001 | JC-CA-0086-0002 | JC-CA-0086-9000
Larsen, Darrell W. (California)
JC-CA-0086-0001
Scanlon, James (California)
JC-CA-0086-0001 | JC-CA-0086-0002 | JC-CA-0086-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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