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Case Name Att'y General v. Sheriff of Suffolk County JC-MA-0006
Docket / Court 3800 ( State Court )
State/Territory Massachusetts
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
In 1984, the Attorney General of Massachusetts filed a complaint in the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts seeking an order to compel the Suffolk County Sheriff to accept into his custody all pretrial detainees committed to him by the courts of the Commonwealth. The Sheriff then filed a ... read more >
In 1984, the Attorney General of Massachusetts filed a complaint in the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts seeking an order to compel the Suffolk County Sheriff to accept into his custody all pretrial detainees committed to him by the courts of the Commonwealth. The Sheriff then filed a complaint against the mayor of Boston, the Boston City Council, and the Commissioner of Correction seeking an injunction that would require the defendants to provide suitable facilities for pretrial detainees who could not be accommodated at the Charles Street Jail. The court consolidated these two cases, inmates at the jail intervened, and a single judge (Judge Paul Liacos) conducted hearings. All parties agreed in a stipulation that a new jail was necessary, and the court issued a consent decree. The Boston City Council appealed, and in an opinion by Justice Joseph Nolan, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts unanimously affirmed. Att'y Gen. v. Sheriff of Suffolk Co., 477 N.E.2d 361 (Mass. 1985). Our information ends with this last reported decision in 1985.

Lauren Cutson - 05/23/2005


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Plaintiff Type
State Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action
Defendant(s) Suffolk County jail
Plaintiff Description Attorney General of Massachusetts
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1984 - 1985
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
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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)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Reported Opinion 04/18/1985 (477 N.E.2d 361)
JC-MA-0006-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Nolan, Joseph R. (State Supreme Court)
JC-MA-0006-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bellotti, Francis X. (Massachusetts)
JC-MA-0006-0001
Ostrach, Stephen S. (Massachusetts)
JC-MA-0006-0001
Seksay, Edward H. (Massachusetts)
JC-MA-0006-0001
Walsh, Michael Arthur (Massachusetts)
JC-MA-0006-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Duggan, Christopher A. (Massachusetts)
JC-MA-0006-0001
Janiak, Chester Anthony (Massachusetts)
JC-MA-0006-0001
Other Lawyers Mirick, John O. (Massachusetts)
JC-MA-0006-0001
Stern, Max D. (Massachusetts)
JC-MA-0006-0001

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