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Case Name In Re: Jail Population, St. Landry Parish JC-LA-0020
Docket / Court 82-849-B ( M.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
On September 21, 1982, under 42 U.S.C § 1983, suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana against St. Landry Parish, Louisiana officials, concerning the population at the St. Landry Parish Jail. According to the PACER docket, a Stipulation and Consent Decree ... read more >
On September 21, 1982, under 42 U.S.C § 1983, suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana against St. Landry Parish, Louisiana officials, concerning the population at the St. Landry Parish Jail. According to the PACER docket, a Stipulation and Consent Decree was filed the same day and the case was closed.

Subsequently, another Stipulation and Consent Decree was filed on August 8, 1983. The sheriff, fire marshal, and health officer for St. Landry Parish agreed to population specifications regarding the new St. Landry Parish Jail. Specifically, the parties agreed to the maximum number of inmates housed in each cell block on the facility's three floors. The Decree also included staffing requirements for the new jail, outlining the number of guards to be on duty for each floor. The court (Judge Frank J. Polozola) entered the Decree on August 9, 1983.

On January 10, 1985, the parties filed an Amended Consent Decree, approved by the court (Judge Polozola) the same day. This Amended Decree adjusted the number of inmates permitted on each floor, and it included guidelines for the number of guards to be on duty in proportion to the number of inmates incarcerated at the jail at any given time.

On August 4, 1994, the case was reopened. According to the PACER docket, on August 30, 1995, the court granted a motion for a new Consent Decree and approved an Amended Stipulation, permitting a total of eight inmates to be housed at the Sunset City Jail. The case was closed on December 27, 1997.

We have only the docket, Consent Decree and Amended Consent Decree on file, so we have no further information on this case.

Laura Uberti - 06/11/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
General
Fire safety
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) St. Landry Parish
Plaintiff Description Inmates at St. Landry Parish Jail
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Unknown
Class action status granted Unknown
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 1997
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)
82-849 (M.D. La.) 10/14/2005
JC-LA-0020-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Stipulation and Consent Decree 08/08/1983 (M.D. La.)
JC-LA-0020-0001 PDF | Detail
Amended Consent Decree 01/09/1985 (M.D. La.)
JC-LA-0020-0002 PDF | Detail
Judges Polozola, Frank Joseph (M.D. La.) [Magistrate]
JC-LA-0020-0001 | JC-LA-0020-0002 | JC-LA-0020-9000
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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