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Case Name Macer v. Dinisio JC-MD-0005
Docket / Court 1:87-cv-03122 ( D. Md. )
State/Territory Maryland
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
In 1987, plaintiffs, both prisoners and family members of prisoners, filed a complaint in the United States District Court in Maryland against the Jail Administrator, County Manager, and President of the City Council in Talbot County seeking class certification. Plaintiffs alleged numerous ... read more >
In 1987, plaintiffs, both prisoners and family members of prisoners, filed a complaint in the United States District Court in Maryland against the Jail Administrator, County Manager, and President of the City Council in Talbot County seeking class certification. Plaintiffs alleged numerous deficiencies of the Talbot County Detention Center regarding issues such as shelter, food, sanitation, personal safety, medical care, visitation, and access to courts. Plaintiffs claimed that defendants violated their First, Sixth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights and sought declaratory judgment stating that defendants' policies are unconstitutional, an injunction barring defendants from engaging in unlawful practices, and attorneys' fees. An attorney from ACLU National Prison Project and an attorney from ACLU Maryland represented plaintiffs. There is no docket available for this case on PACER, and the complaint is the only document available for this case, so we have no information on the result of this litigation.

Lauren Cutson - 05/19/2005


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Bathing and hygiene
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Personal injury
Sanitation / living conditions
Visiting
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Talbot County
Plaintiff Description prisoners in the Talbot County Jail
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Unknown
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Unknown
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
Complaint 11/18/1987
JC-MD-0005-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Aiyetoro, Adjoa A. (District of Columbia)
JC-MD-0005-0001
Goering, Susan (Maryland)
JC-MD-0005-0001
Wright, Claudia T. (District of Columbia)
JC-MD-0005-0001
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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