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Case Name Jackson v. County of Isabella JC-MI-0008
Docket / Court 2:12-cv-14807 ( E.D. Mich. )
State/Territory Michigan
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
Michigan ACLU
Case Summary
On October 30, 2012, five prisoners at the Isabella County Correctional Facility in Mount Pleasant, MI filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Eastern Michigan against the County of Isabella, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiffs, represented by the ACLU of Michigan, ... read more >
On October 30, 2012, five prisoners at the Isabella County Correctional Facility in Mount Pleasant, MI filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Eastern Michigan against the County of Isabella, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiffs, represented by the ACLU of Michigan, asked the court for declaratory, injunctive and monetary relief, alleging that the facility's lack of exercise time violated the Eighth Amendment's prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment. Additionally, the two female prisoners brought a claim under the Fourteenth Amendment's equal protection clause, alleging that the facility's unwillingness to allow females to serve as "trustees" or participate in community service programs constituted a violation, since participation in those programs led to early release.

The case was settled on August 23, 2013, following limited litigation. The settlement, in the form of a stipulated order of dismissal, called for the Court to maintain jurisdiction over the case until August 15, 2018. The order called for a new policy allowing recreation time for all prisoners for at least one hour a day, five days a week. Additionally, the parties agreed to a new policy allowing both male and female prisoners to participate in the "trustee" and community service programs, with efforts to maintain a ratio consistent with the population at the facility. The settlement also called for an award of $3,000 for each of the female plaintiffs and $60,000 in attorneys' fees.

Jonathan Forman - 11/10/2013


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Equal Protection
Content of Injunction
Monitoring
Defendant-type
Corrections
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
General
Conditions of confinement
Recreation / Exercise
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) County of Isabella
Plaintiff Description Prisoners at the Isabella County Correctional Facility who were denied exercise and recreation time, and female prisoners at the same facility who were denied equal opportunity to leadership opportunities and community service within the prison
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
Michigan ACLU
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Attorneys fees
Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2012 - 2018
Case Closing Year 2013
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)
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Docket(s)
2:12-cv-14807 (E.D. Mich.) 08/23/2013
JC-MI-0008-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 10/30/2012
JC-MI-0008-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulated Order of Dismissal 08/23/2013
JC-MI-0008-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Lawson, David M. (E.D. Mich.)
JC-MI-0008-9000 | JC-MI-0008-9000
Majzoub, Mona K. (E.D. Mich.) [Magistrate]
JC-MI-0008-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Korobkin, Daniel S. (Michigan)
JC-MI-0008-9000
Manville, Daniel E. (Michigan)
JC-MI-0008-0001 | JC-MI-0008-9000
Mehta, Sarah L. (Michigan)
JC-MI-0008-0001 | JC-MI-0008-9000
Moss, Kary L. (Michigan)
JC-MI-0008-0001
Steinberg, Michael J. (Michigan)
JC-MI-0008-0001 | JC-MI-0008-0002 | JC-MI-0008-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Gray, Todd A. (Ohio)
JC-MI-0008-0002 | JC-MI-0008-9000
Gutkoski, Joseph H. (Ohio)
JC-MI-0008-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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