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Case Name Yancey v. Rainey JC-CA-0089
Docket / Court 29868 ( State Court )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection California Jail Population Caps
Case Summary
While we have no documents associated with this case, it is one of Wayne Welsh's case studies and appears frequently in his works. The following summary is adopted from Wayne N. Welsh & Henry N. Pontell, Counties in Court: Interorganizational Adaptations to Jail Litigation in California, 25 ... read more >
While we have no documents associated with this case, it is one of Wayne Welsh's case studies and appears frequently in his works. The following summary is adopted from Wayne N. Welsh & Henry N. Pontell, Counties in Court: Interorganizational Adaptations to Jail Litigation in California, 25 Law & Soc'y Rev. 73, 79 (1991). See also Wayne N. Welsh, Changes in Arrest Policies as a Result of Court Orders Against County Jails, 10 Just. Q. 89, 102-05 (1993); Wayne N. Welsh, Court Orders and County Correctional Expenditures: Power of the Purse?, 14 Law & Pol'y 277, 287-91 (1992).

On December 27, 1984, Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Richard Arneson appointed the county public defender to represent prisoners challenging their conditions of confinement at the main county detention facility in Martinez. The prisoners complained of overcrowding and inadequacies in access to courts, food services, personal hygiene and sanitation, grievance procedures, ventilation, and recreation. On March 31, 1985, Judge Arneson issued his only order, directing the county sheriff to do everything within his power to reduce overcrowding and ordering improvements in each of the areas complained of by petitioners. No population cap was set, and the court relinquished jurisdiction on June 30, 1986.

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
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Defendant-type
Corrections
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Bathing and hygiene
Conditions of confinement
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Grievance Procedures
Recreation / Exercise
Sanitation / living conditions
Totality of conditions
Unconstitutional conditions of confinement
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) County of Contra Costa
Plaintiff Description prisoners at the main Contra Costa County detention facility in Martinez
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
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 1986
Case Ongoing No
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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General Documents
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Judges None on record
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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