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Case Name Jones v. Brooks JC-CA-0088
Docket / Court 084429 ( State Court )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection California Jail Population Caps
Case Summary
On June 13, 1984, three prisoners at the Butte County Jail filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of California for the County of Butte against the County Board of Supervisors, challenging the constitutionality of their conditions of confinement. The plaintiffs, represented by the Prisoner Rights ... read more >
On June 13, 1984, three prisoners at the Butte County Jail filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of California for the County of Butte against the County Board of Supervisors, challenging the constitutionality of their conditions of confinement. The plaintiffs, represented by the Prisoner Rights Union and private counsel, alleged, among other things, that prisoners were not being provided with meaningful access to the courts.

The parties reached a settlement and the Court issued a consent decree. While the full content of the decree is unknown to us, one of its provisions required that the jail maintain a law library that is staffed by legal research assistants. The register of actions indicates that the consent decree was modified at various points, starting in 1989, and extended at various points, starting in 1994. The decree is still in force as of the time of this writing.

Christopher Schad - 08/13/2012


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Defendant-type
Corrections
General
Law library access
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) County of Butte
Plaintiff Description prisoners at the Butte County Jail
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Unknown
Class action status granted Unknown
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 1984 - n/a
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)
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Docket(s)
084429 (State Trial Court) 07/11/2012
JC-CA-0088-9000.pdf | Detail
State Court Website
General Documents
Agreement Between the County of Butte and Chico Research Foundation 06/12/2012
JC-CA-0088-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges Benson, Stephen E. (State Trial Court)
JC-CA-0088-9000
Hermansen, Gerald (State Trial Court)
JC-CA-0088-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Parker, Sally (California)
JC-CA-0088-9000
Persons, Paul Turner (California)
JC-CA-0088-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Nye, Bruce (California)
JC-CA-0088-9000
Stephens, Brad J. (California)
JC-CA-0088-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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