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Case Name Fuller v. Tidwell JC-CA-0094
Docket / Court 87-03026 ( C.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection California Jail Population Caps
Case Summary
While we have no documents from this case, we do have descriptions in Ellen Barry, River Ginchild & Doreen Lee, Legal Issues for Prisoners with Children, in Children of Incarcerated Parents 147, 160 (Katherine Gabel & Denise Johnston eds., 1995), and Wayne N. Welsh, Counties in Court: ... read more >
While we have no documents from this case, we do have descriptions in Ellen Barry, River Ginchild & Doreen Lee, Legal Issues for Prisoners with Children, in Children of Incarcerated Parents 147, 160 (Katherine Gabel & Denise Johnston eds., 1995), and Wayne N. Welsh, Counties in Court: Jail Overcrowding and Court-Ordered Reform (1995). They provide the following information:

In 1987, male and female prisoners at the San Bernardino County Jail filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against San Bernardino County. The plaintiffs challenged the constitutionality of their conditions of confinement, alleging overcrowding, inappropriate diet and exercise, and inadequate visitation opportunities.

The parties reached a settlement in the same year, and the District Court approved it. Under the terms of the settlement, guidelines for proper procedure and adequate pregnancy care were established; the Court also specified a jail population cap. The cap was temporarily raised in 1988 pending completion of a planned 960-bed pretrial jail facility, but the Court retained jurisdiction for at least the next eight years to monitor jail populations and conditions.

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
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Pre-PLRA Population Cap
Defendant-type
Corrections
General
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Recreation / Exercise
Visiting
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) County of San Bernardino
Plaintiff Description prisoners at the San Bernardino County Jail
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
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)
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Docket(s)
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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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