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Case Name Farris v. Franklin County JC-WA-0010
Docket / Court 4:14-cv-05083-SAB ( E.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection Solitary confinement
Case Summary
On August 2, 2014, prisoners at the Franklin County Jail filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Franklin County. The plaintiffs, represented by Columbia Legal Services, claimed that jail officials' excessive use of force and ... read more >
On August 2, 2014, prisoners at the Franklin County Jail filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Franklin County. The plaintiffs, represented by Columbia Legal Services, claimed that jail officials' excessive use of force and the jail's squalid living conditions violated the First, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments. They asked the Court to preliminarily and permanently enjoin the County from permitting such abuses.

The plaintiffs alleged that jail staff regularly utilized restraint chairs and chained prisoners to fixed objects for long periods of time, pepper sprayed prisoners without cause or proper supervision, and locked prisoners in segregation or isolation without cause and in inhumane conditions for up to 23 hours per day. The plaintiffs also claimed that jail officials seized prisoners' property without notice or cause, denied prisoners outdoor exercise, and prohibited prisoners from visiting with friends and family. Furthermore, the plaintiffs alleged that the County did not provide any educational services, programming, or religious services for prisoners. As a result, the plaintiffs suffered emotional, physical and psychological injuries.

On August 5, 2014, the plaintiffs moved for a temporary restraining order barring the County from chaining prisoners to fixed objects. The Court denied the motion, finding that the plaintiffs failed to make an adequate showing of immediate irreparable harm and because they sought to alter, rather than preserve, the status quo.

The case is ongoing as of the date of this summary. The County filed its answer to the plaintiffs' first amended complaint on October 13, 2014.

Nate West - 10/15/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Due Process
Freedom of speech/association
Defendant-type
Corrections
General
Assault/abuse by staff
Conditions of confinement
Disciplinary procedures
Disciplinary segregation
Excessive force
Good time
Pepper/OC spray
Recreation / Exercise
Restraints : chemical
Restraints : physical
Solitary confinement/Supermax (conditions or process)
Totality of conditions
Visiting
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
State law
Defendant(s) Franklin County
Plaintiff Description Plaintiffs are prisoners at the Franklin County Jail who alleged that jail officials regularly used excessive force and permitted inhumane living conditions.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Pending
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
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)
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Docket(s)
4:14-cv-05083-SAB (E.D. Wash.) 10/13/2014
JC-WA-0010-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 08/02/2014
JC-WA-0010-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Denying Plaintiffs' Motion for Temporary Restraining Order 08/05/2014 (E.D. Wash.)
JC-WA-0010-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Complaint 08/29/2014
JC-WA-0010-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Denying Plaintiffs' Motion for Reconsideration Re: TRO 09/08/2014 (2014 WL 4410859) (E.D. Wash.)
JC-WA-0010-0004.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Judges Bastian, Stanley Allen (E.D. Wash.)
JC-WA-0010-0003 | JC-WA-0010-0004 | JC-WA-0010-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Kranzler, Andra (Washington)
JC-WA-0010-0002 | JC-WA-0010-9000
Lee, Melissa R (Washington)
JC-WA-0010-0001 | JC-WA-0010-0002 | JC-WA-0010-9000
Straley, Nicholas Broten (Washington)
JC-WA-0010-0001 | JC-WA-0010-0002 | JC-WA-0010-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Justice, John Edward (Washington)
JC-WA-0010-9000
Kamerrer, William Dale (Washington)
JC-WA-0010-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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