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Case Name Richardson v. Monroe County Sheriff JC-IN-0020
Docket / Court 1:08-cv-00174 ( S.D. Ind. )
State/Territory Indiana
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection Post-PLRA Jail and Prison Private Settlement Agreements
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
Case Summary
On February 13, 2008, an inmate at the Monroe County Jail filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Monroe County. The plaintiff, represented by the ACLU of Indiana, sought declaratory and injunctive relief, alleging ... read more >
On February 13, 2008, an inmate at the Monroe County Jail filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Monroe County. The plaintiff, represented by the ACLU of Indiana, sought declaratory and injunctive relief, alleging violations of Indiana state law and the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments. Specifically, the plaintiff claimed that overcrowding had led to unsanitary and dangerous living conditions in the jail.

On August 4, 2008, the District Court (Judge Richard Young) denied defendants' motion to dismiss and granted plaintiff's motion to certify the case as a class action. The Court (Judge Young) found that although plaintiff's individual claims for relief were moot, he had standing to represent the class.

On August 14, 2009, the parties entered a stipulation to enter into a private settlement agreement under the Prison Litigation Reform Act. Under the terms of the settlement, the defendants agreed to make reasonable efforts to continue to meet with the judges of the Monroe Circuit Court to discuss ways of keeping the jail population under its capacity. The defendants also agreed that if the population exceeded the number of available beds for a specified period of time, the jail would take reasonable steps, including informing the board of commissioners and transferring prisoners, to reduce the population. Additionally, the defendants agreed not to accept prisoners from other counties on a per diem basis and to only accept Monroe County prisoners that it is legally required to accept. Under the settlement, prisoners will also be afforded at least two hours each week of vigorous physical exercise and are guaranteed reasonable sleeping arrangements. The parties also agreed to reporting requirements. Finally, defendants agreed to pay the plaintiff's attorneys fees and costs. The parties agreed that absent a court order or written agreement, the settlement would remain in effect until October 1, 2011.

On September 30, 2011, the District Court (Judge Young) granted the plaintiff's motion to modify the parties' requirement to move to dismiss the case and agreement to extend the private settlement agreement. On October 1, 2012, the District Court (Judge Young) granted a similar motion to modify filed by the defendants. Most recently, on September 18, 2014, the court (Judge Young) granted the parties' agreement to extend the private settlement to October 1, 2016.

Priyah Kaul - 09/22/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Equal Protection
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Post-PLRA Population Cap
Defendant-type
Corrections
Jurisdiction-wide
General
Bathing and hygiene
Conditions of confinement
Failure to supervise
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Recreation / Exercise
Sanitation / living conditions
Totality of conditions
Medical/Mental Health
Bed care (including sores)
Medical care, general
Medical care, unspecified
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Monroe County Sheriff
Plaintiff Description An inmate in the Monroe County Jail.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
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 Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration 2009 - 2016
Case Closing Year 2016
Case Ongoing Yes
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)
1:08−cv−00174 (S.D. Ind.) 09/18/2014
JC-IN-0020-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief 02/13/2008
JC-IN-0020-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Entry on Defendants' Motion to Dismiss or in the Alternative for Summary Judgment and Plaintiffs' Motion to Certify Case as Class Action 08/04/2008 (2008 WL 3084766) (S.D. Ind.)
JC-IN-0020-0001.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulation of Parties to Enter Into Private Settlement Agreement After Plaintiff's Counsel Gives Notice to the Class 08/14/2009
JC-IN-0020-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Finding Private Settlement Agreement to be Fair, Reasonable and Adequate Pursuant to Rule 23(e) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 12/03/2009 (S.D. Ind.)
JC-IN-0020-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Young, Richard L. (S.D. Ind.)
JC-IN-0020-0001 | JC-IN-0020-0004 | JC-IN-0020-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Falk, Kenneth J. (Indiana)
JC-IN-0020-0002 | JC-IN-0020-0003 | JC-IN-0020-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Semler, Ronald J (Indiana)
JC-IN-0020-0003 | JC-IN-0020-9000
Stephenson, James S. (Indiana)
JC-IN-0020-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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