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Case Name Gray v. Ferrell JC-MO-0013
Docket / Court S81-0018C ( E.D. Mo. )
State/Territory Missouri
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
On June 2, 1981, inmates at the Scott County Jail in Benton County, Missouri, filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against representatives of Benton County in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. The plaintiffs asked the court for declaratory and injunctive ... read more >
On June 2, 1981, inmates at the Scott County Jail in Benton County, Missouri, filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against representatives of Benton County in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. The plaintiffs asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as damages, alleging that their constitutional rights had been violated by inadequacies in the areas of overcrowding, fire safety, mail delivery, food storage and preparation, sanitation, hygiene, visitation procedures, dental care, mental health care, medical care, telephone usage, recreation, security, and abuse by staff.

On October 25, 1982, the parties entered into a Consent Decree in the case. The Decree provided for changes in the areas of inmate safety, sanitation, lighting, heating, plumbing, cooling, ventilation, extermination of vermin, staff training, fire safety, laundering of clothing, recreation, library materials, medical care, dental care, visitation, mail, disciplinary procedures, grievance procedures, and attorneys' fees.

We have no further information on the proceedings in this case.

However, it should be noted that according to public information, Scott County built a new jail facility some time subsequent to this litigation.

Kristen Sagar - 01/18/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
General
Assault/abuse by staff
Bathing and hygiene
Counseling
Disciplinary procedures
Fire safety
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Library (non-law) access
Mail
Phone
Recreation / Exercise
Sanitation / living conditions
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Visiting
Medical/Mental Health
Dental care
Medical care, general
Mental health care, general
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Scott County Jail
Plaintiff Description Inmates at the Scott County Jail in Benton County, Missouri.
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 Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1982 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
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)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ]

  Real and Lasting Reform: Small County Jail Reform Litigation and Post-Order Stakeholders
By: Chad Ben (Washington University)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ]

Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Rules for Prisoners Incarcerated in the Scott County Jail 01/10/1977
JC-MO-0013-0008.pdf | Detail
First Amended Complaint 06/02/1981
JC-MO-0013-0001.pdf | Detail
Answer 06/12/1981
JC-MO-0013-0002.pdf | Detail
Answers to Interrogatories 07/17/1981
JC-MO-0013-0003.pdf | Detail
Plaintiffs' Motion to Appoint Experts 09/11/1981
JC-MO-0013-0009.pdf | Detail
Motion for Class Certification and to Consolidate 09/14/1981
JC-MO-0013-0004.pdf | Detail
Plaintiffs' Second Amended Complaint for Declaratory Judgment, Injunctive Relief, and Other Appropriate Relief 12/21/1981
JC-MO-0013-0005.pdf | Detail
Motion for Order that Facts be Taken as Established 02/05/1982
JC-MO-0013-0006.pdf | Detail
Affidavit in Support of Motion for Order that Facts be Taken as Established 02/09/1982
JC-MO-0013-0010.pdf | Detail
Consent Judgment 10/25/1982 (E.D. Mo.)
JC-MO-0013-0007.pdf | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Goldstein, Richard (Missouri)
JC-MO-0013-0004 | JC-MO-0013-0005 | JC-MO-0013-0007 | JC-MO-0013-0009
Payne, J. Michael (Missouri)
JC-MO-0013-0007
Siebert, Francis J. (Missouri)
JC-MO-0013-0001 | JC-MO-0013-0005 | JC-MO-0013-0006 | JC-MO-0013-0007 | JC-MO-0013-0010
Defendant's Lawyers Fuchs, Robert B. (Missouri)
JC-MO-0013-0007
Gilmore, Thomas R. (Missouri)
JC-MO-0013-0002 | JC-MO-0013-0003 | JC-MO-0013-0007
Other Lawyers Hirschowitz, Louis (Missouri)
JC-MO-0013-0007
Shaffer, Dewaine (Missouri)
JC-MO-0013-0007
Ziegenhorn, Eldon (Missouri)
JC-MO-0013-0007

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