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Case Name Wooden v. County of Shasta JC-CA-0098
Docket / Court 2:90-cv-01003 ( E.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection California Jail Population Caps
Attorney Organization Hadsell, Stormer & Renick
Prisoners Rights Union
Case Summary
On August 2, 1990, prisoners at the Shasta County jail filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California against the County of Shasta and the County Sheriff. The plaintiffs, represented by the Prisoner Rights Union and private counsel, filed suit under 42 ... read more >
On August 2, 1990, prisoners at the Shasta County jail filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California against the County of Shasta and the County Sheriff. The plaintiffs, represented by the Prisoner Rights Union and private counsel, filed suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, claiming that their conditions of confinement violated the Eight Amendment. Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged problems with overcrowding, inadequate staffing, and inadequate medical, dental and mental health care. They sought declaratory and injunctive relief. Plaintiffs amended their complaint on December 26, 1990, and on April 12, 1991, the District Court (Judge Edward J. Garcia) certified a class of all present and future prisoners at the Shasta County jail, as well as subclasses for male and female prisoners.

On November 8, 1991, defendants moved for partial summary judgment on the issues of medical, dental and mental health care. After holding a hearing on May 13, 1992, on September 4, 1992, Magistrate Judge Peter A. Nowinski recommended that the defendants' motion be granted and the case be dismissed. On October 28, 1992, the Court (Judge Garcia) adopted Magistrate Judge Nowinski's recommendations in full, over the plaintiffs objections.

The plaintiffs appealed, and during the appeals process litigation continued in the District Court over attorneys' fees and discovery. On April 6, 1994, the Court (Judge Garcia) adopted further recommendations by Magistrate Judge Nowinski to deny plaintiffs' motion for attorneys' fees. The plaintiffs appealed this decision as well.

On October 21, 1994, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit (Judge Poole, Judge Canby and Judge Rymer) affirmed in part and vacated in part the District Court's grant of summary judgment to defendants. Wooden v. Cnty. of Shasta, 39 F.3d 1190 (9th Cir. 1994). The Circuit Court affirmed the District Court's grant of summary judgment on the issues raised in the defendants' motion, but found the District Court's grant of summary judgment sua sponte on the issues of overcrowding and inadequate staffing to be improper and remanded to have those issues properly briefed and argued.

On January 6, 1995, the defendants filed a motion for summary judgment on all remaining claims. Magistrate Judge Nowinski issued a report on March 31, 1995, recommending that the motion be granted, and the Court (Judge Garcia) adopted this report on June 9 and dismissed the case. A further motion for attorneys' fees by plaintiffs was later denied.

As of the date of this summary, we have no further information on this case.

Christopher Schad - 08/20/2012


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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
Law library access
Recreation / Exercise
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Medical/Mental Health
Dental care
Medical care, general
Mental health care, general
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) County of Shasta
Plaintiff Description the class of all present and future inmates in Shasta County Jail
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Hadsell, Stormer & Renick
Prisoners Rights Union
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1995
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)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ]

Docket(s)
2:90-cv-01003-EJG-PAN (E.D. Cal.) 12/15/1995
JC-CA-0098-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
First Amended Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief Class Action 12/07/1990
JC-CA-0098-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: District Court
Stipulation re. Rule 23(B) Class Certification; Recommendation; Order 02/25/1991 (E.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0098-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: District Court
Findings and Recommendations 09/03/1992 (E.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0098-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: District Court
Order 10/27/1992 (E.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0098-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: District Court
[Ninth Circuit] Opinion [Affirming in Part, Vacating in Part and Remanding to the District Court] 10/21/1994 (39 F.3d 1190)
JC-CA-0098-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Judges Canby, William Cameron Jr. (Ninth Circuit)
JC-CA-0098-0001
Garcia, Edward J. (E.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0098-0003 | JC-CA-0098-0005 | JC-CA-0098-9000
Nowinski, Peter A. (E.D. Cal.) [Magistrate]
JC-CA-0098-0004 | JC-CA-0098-9000
Poole, Cecil F. (Ninth Circuit, N.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0098-0001
Rymer, Pamela Ann (Ninth Circuit, C.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0098-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Berg, Eric Alan (California)
JC-CA-0098-0003 | JC-CA-0098-0004 | JC-CA-0098-0005 | JC-CA-0098-9000
Comiskey, Paul Wayne (California)
JC-CA-0098-0002 | JC-CA-0098-0003 | JC-CA-0098-0004 | JC-CA-0098-0005 | JC-CA-0098-9000
Derevan, Richard (California)
JC-CA-0098-0005 | JC-CA-0098-9000
Eisen, Jay-Allen (California)
JC-CA-0098-9000
Fabricant, Deborah (California)
JC-CA-0098-9000
Herman, Richard P. (California)
JC-CA-0098-0002 | JC-CA-0098-0003 | JC-CA-0098-0004 | JC-CA-0098-0005 | JC-CA-0098-9000
Persons, Paul Turner (California)
JC-CA-0098-0002 | JC-CA-0098-0003 | JC-CA-0098-0004 | JC-CA-0098-0005 | JC-CA-0098-9000
Stormer, Dan Lewis (California)
JC-CA-0098-0002 | JC-CA-0098-0003 | JC-CA-0098-0004 | JC-CA-0098-0005 | JC-CA-0098-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Frank, David R. (California)
JC-CA-0098-0003 | JC-CA-0098-0004 | JC-CA-0098-9000
Hagar, John H. Jr. (California)
JC-CA-0098-0003 | JC-CA-0098-0004 | JC-CA-0098-0005 | JC-CA-0098-9000
Jahr, Karen Keating (California)
JC-CA-0098-0003 | JC-CA-0098-9000
Ralston, Michael Allen (California)
JC-CA-0098-0003 | JC-CA-0098-0005 | JC-CA-0098-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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