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Case Name Kelley v. Hodgson JC-MA-0004
Docket / Court 98-3083 ( State Court )
State/Territory Massachusetts
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
In 1998, inmates in the Bristol County Jail filed a class action suit on behalf of all present and future inmates challenging the overcrowded conditions at the jail. The Superior Court of Massachusetts (Judge John C. Cratsley) enjoined defendant from using port-a-bunks, allowing inmates to sleep ... read more >
In 1998, inmates in the Bristol County Jail filed a class action suit on behalf of all present and future inmates challenging the overcrowded conditions at the jail. The Superior Court of Massachusetts (Judge John C. Cratsley) enjoined defendant from using port-a-bunks, allowing inmates to sleep in common areas, and from triple bunking any cell. This preliminary injunction would last until November 16, 1998 when the new unit of the jail was scheduled for completion. In addition, the court enjoined defendant from confining more than one inmate per cell once the new unit opened. The court denied some of plaintiffs' requested injunctive relief with respect to housing of local arrestees, closing the prison due to fire code violations, inmate co-pay policy, and appointment of a Special Master to oversee the Sheriff. Kelley v. Hodgson, 1998 WL 1181663 (Mass. Super. 1998). The docket for this case is not available to us, so we don't have much more information. But according to a lawyer on the case, it remains open as of November 2006.

Lauren Cutson - 05/23/2005


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Bristol County Jail and House of Correction
Plaintiff Description inmates of the Bristol County Jail
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
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
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 1998 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
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)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Memorandum of Decision and Order on Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction 10/02/1998 (1998 WL 1181663 / 1998 Mass.Super.LEXIS 553)
JC-MA-0004-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Judges Cratsley, John C. (State Trial Court)
JC-MA-0004-0001
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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