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Case Name Richardson v. Sheriff of Middlesex County JC-MA-0005
Docket / Court 5230 ( State Court )
State/Territory Massachusetts
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
A class of pretrial detainees held at Middlesex County Jail brought suit in Superior Court against the Sheriff to challenge constitutionality of jail conditions. The trial court found that the overcrowded conditions at the jail violated plaintiffs' due process rights and ordered defendant not to ... read more >
A class of pretrial detainees held at Middlesex County Jail brought suit in Superior Court against the Sheriff to challenge constitutionality of jail conditions. The trial court found that the overcrowded conditions at the jail violated plaintiffs' due process rights and ordered defendant not to allow more than one inmate in a cell, not to allow inmates to sleep on the floor, and to reduce the total population of the jail. Defendants appealed the decision and the court's denial of defendant's joinder motion, and plaintiffs cross-appealed the court's denial of their motion to amend judgment pending the appeal. In 1990, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts (Judge Ruth I. Abrams) affirmed the lower court's order but remanded the case for further proceedings regarding additional remedial measures. The Court also ordered that the additional defendants must be joined. Richardson v. Sheriff of Middlesex Co., 553 N.E.2d 1286 (Mass. 1990). The docket for this case is not available on PACER, and therefore our information ends with the last reported decision in 1990.

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) Middlesex County Jail
Plaintiff Description pretrial detainees held at Middlesex County Jail
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
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)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ]

Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Opinion 05/17/1990 (553 N.E.2d 1286)
JC-MA-0005-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Abrams, Ruth (State Supreme Court)
JC-MA-0005-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Deitch, David B. (Massachusetts)
JC-MA-0005-0001
Gartenberg, Lee J. (Massachusetts)
JC-MA-0005-0001
Zielinski, Richard M. (Massachusetts)
JC-MA-0005-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Barry, Richard L. Jr. (Massachusetts)
JC-MA-0005-0001
Other Lawyers Cohen, Mitchell Harry (New Jersey)
JC-MA-0005-0001
White, Nancy Ankers (Massachusetts)
JC-MA-0005-0001

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