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Case Name Becker v. County of Merced JC-CA-0092
Docket / Court 71999 ( State Court )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection California Jail Population Caps
Case Summary
On April 13, 1983, prisoners at the Merced County Jail filed a class action lawsuit in the Superior Court of California for the County of Merced against the County. The plaintiffs, represented by Fresno-Merced Counties Legal Services, challenged the County's failure to create a women's minimum ... read more >
On April 13, 1983, prisoners at the Merced County Jail filed a class action lawsuit in the Superior Court of California for the County of Merced against the County. The plaintiffs, represented by Fresno-Merced Counties Legal Services, challenged the County's failure to create a women's minimum security prison when such a facility was provided for men and its failure to allow women to participate in the work furlough program as violations of equal protection under the federal and state constitutions. They also challenged what they alleged were unconstitutional conditions of confinement, citing overcrowding, segregate certain inmates, lack of adequate medical care, inadequate legal materials and inadequate exercise.

Our knowledge of this case is limited to a summary of the complaint in 17 Clearinghouse Review 577, 615; as of the time of this writing, we have no further information on the case.

Christopher Schad - 08/15/2012


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Equal Protection
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Defendant-type
Corrections
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Administrative segregation
Conditions of confinement
Law library access
Recreation / Exercise
Unconstitutional conditions of confinement
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action State law
42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) County of Merced
Plaintiff Description Plaintiffs are prisoners at the Merced County Jail
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Unknown
Prevailing Party Unknown
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Unknown
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)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ]

Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
17 Clearinghouse Review 577, 615 10/01/1983
JC-CA-0092-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Brown, Chris (California)
JC-CA-0092-0001
Haden, Robert (California)
JC-CA-0092-0001
Mitchell, Eugenie (California)
JC-CA-0092-0001
Williams, Scott (California)
JC-CA-0092-0001
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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