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Case Name Mariscal v. Lowe JC-CA-0093
Docket / Court 79-00666 ( E.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection California Jail Population Caps
Case Summary
In September 1979, prisoners in the Sacramento County jail system filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California against Sacramento County. The plaintiffs, represented by the Federal Defender, alleged that the County was denying their constitutional ... read more >
In September 1979, prisoners in the Sacramento County jail system filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California against Sacramento County. The plaintiffs, represented by the Federal Defender, alleged that the County was denying their constitutional rights through overcrowding, lack of adequate fire safety and other safety precautions, and lack of adequate medical services and program opportunities.

The parties reached a settlement and the District Court approved it, issuing a consent decree on September 18, 1981. The decree required the County to: (1) reduce the overcrowding in the main jail to a maximum population of 479 by December 31, 1983; (2) eliminate the fire hazards and other dangers in the main jail by September 17, 1982 or sooner; (3) provide adequate medical facilities and program space in the main jail and Annex to comply with California minimum jail standards by September 17, 1982 or sooner; and (4) construct a new main jail to replace the existing main jail as soon as financially possible. The court retained jurisdiction in the case and required the County to submit quarterly progress reports.

In 1985, the population cap was modified to allow a maximum of 681 prisoners in the main jail. As of the time of this writing, we have no further information on this case.

Christopher Schad - 08/16/2012


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Content of Injunction
Reporting
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Pre-PLRA Population Cap
Defendant-type
Corrections
General
Education
Fire safety
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
State law
Defendant(s) County of Sacramento
Plaintiff Description prisoners in the Sacramento County jail system
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
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 1981 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
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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  California Board of Corrections Report to the Legislature: County Jail Capital Expenditure Fund Status - Costs of Compliance and Jail Inspections
Written: Jun. 01, 1986
By: California Board of Corrections (California Department of Corrections)
Citation: Cal. Bd. of Corr., Cal. Dep't of Corr., County Jail Capital Expenditure Fund Status: Costs of Compliance and Jail Inspections (1986)
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Docket(s)
2:79-cv-00666-GGH (E.D. Cal.) 03/02/1993
JC-CA-0093-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
No documents currently in the collection
Judges Hollows, Gregory G. (E.D. Cal.) [Magistrate]
JC-CA-0093-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Huff, Richard L. (California)
JC-CA-0093-9000
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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