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Case Name Roy v. County of Yolo JC-CA-0103
Docket / Court 2:90-cv-00393 ( 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 March 29, 1990, prisoners at the Yolo County Jail filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California against the County of Yolo and the County Sheriff. The plaintiffs, represented by the Prisoner Rights Union and private counsel, filed suit under 42 U. ... read more >
On March 29, 1990, prisoners at the Yolo County Jail filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California against the County of Yolo and the County Sheriff. The plaintiffs, represented by the Prisoner Rights Union and private counsel, filed suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, challenging the constitutionality of their conditions of confinement. They sought declaratory and injunctive relief.

On July 2, 1990, the District Court (Senior Judge Milton L. Schwartz) certified the case as a class action on behalf of all prisoners in the Yolo County Jail as of the day of filing and set the terms for a preliminary injunction, the content of which is unclear form the docket. It is likely that the decree included some measures relating to jail population.

On July 16, 1991, the parties lodged a consent decree with the Court for its approval, and on December 11, 1991, the Court (Magistrate Judge John F. Moulds) approved the decree and dismissed the case. The content of this decree, too, is unfortunately unclear from the docket. According to the 2008-2009 Yolo County Grand Jury Final Report, pg. 11-12, the decree required that each inmate housed at the facility has an assigned bed and thereby limits the number of inmates that can be housed to the number of beds.

On February 11, 1992, the Court (Magistrate Judge Moulds) awarded the plaintiffs $42,150.99 in attorneys' fees and costs. Five years later, on August 25, 1997, the Court (Magistrate Judge Moulds) issued an order regarding modification of the consent decree, the content of which is again unknown. No further substantive entries appear on the docket, and as of the time of this writing we have no further information on this case.

Christopher Schad - 08/27/2012
Samantha Kirby - 10/25/2014


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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
Conditions of confinement
Unconstitutional conditions of confinement
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) County of Yolo
Plaintiff Description All prisoners at the Yolo County Jail
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Hadsell, Stormer & Renick
Prisoners Rights Union
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 Litigation
Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1990 - n/a
Case Closing Year 1991
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)
2:90-cv-00393-JFM -JFM (E.D. Cal.) 09/02/1997
JC-CA-0103-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
No documents currently in the collection
Judges Moulds, John F. (E.D. Cal.) [Magistrate]
JC-CA-0103-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Comiskey, Paul Wayne (California)
JC-CA-0103-9000
Herman, Richard P. (California)
JC-CA-0103-9000
Persons, Paul Turner (California)
JC-CA-0103-9000
Stormer, Dan Lewis (California)
JC-CA-0103-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Mack, Charles R. (California)
JC-CA-0103-9000
Stoltz, Elizabeth A. (California)
JC-CA-0103-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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