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Case Name Loyd v. Alabama Department of Corrections JC-AL-0010
Docket / Court 5:92-cv-00058-ELN-RRA ( N.D. Ala. )
State/Territory Alabama
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Prison Conditions
Attorney Organization Southern Center for Human Rights
Case Summary
On January 9, 1992, inmates of the Jackson County Jail in Scottsboro, Alabama, filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama against the Department of Corrections (DOC) challenging conditions at the jail. The ... read more >
On January 9, 1992, inmates of the Jackson County Jail in Scottsboro, Alabama, filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama against the Department of Corrections (DOC) challenging conditions at the jail. The plaintiffs were represented by the Southern Center for Human Rights. On November 7, 1994, the court (Judge Edwin Nelson) entered an order approving and adopting a consent decree and on January 12, 1995, the court entered a permanent injunction against the Department of Corrections, ordering the removal of state prisoners from the jail. A second decree was ordered that year for other county jails. On July 2, 1997, the Attorney General and the Commissioner of the Alabama DOC filed a motion to terminate the consent decrees and the permanent injunction pursuant to the Prison Litigation Reform Act of 1996 (PLRA). On January 27, 1998 the court granted the motion for termination of both decrees and the permanent injunction. The plaintiffs appealed, arguing that the decision to terminate without an evidentiary hearing was unjust and that the termination provisions of the PLRA were unconstitutional.

The United States Court of Appeal for the Eleventh Circuit (Judge Stanley F. Birch, Jr.) reversed and remanded, holding that the Court should have held an evidentiary hearing on the motion to terminate. Loyd v. Alabama Department of Corrections, 176 F.3d 1336 (11th Cir. 1999). The United States Supreme Court denied cert. Loyd v. Alabama Department of Corrections, 528 U.S. 1061 (1999). The docket continues until March of 2000 but no motions of consequence occur after the denial of certiorari.

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Rebecca Bloch - 04/23/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
General
Totality of conditions
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Alabama Department of Corrections
Jackson County
Plaintiff Description All prisoners who are or will be confined at the Jackson County Jail in Scottsboro, Alabama
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Southern Center for Human Rights
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1994 - 2000
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)
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Docket(s)
92-cv-00058-ELN-RRA (N.D. Ala.) 03/27/2000
JC-AL-0010-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
98-6189-JJ (U.S. Court of Appeals) 04/11/2000
JC-AL-0010-9001.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Brief of Appellants 07/08/1998
JC-AL-0010-0001.pdf | Detail
Brief of Appellees 07/20/1998
JC-AL-0010-0002.pdf | Detail
Reply Brief of Appellants 07/23/1998
JC-AL-0010-0003.pdf | Detail
Brief of Appellees Jackson County, Alabama, Jackson County Commissioners, Mike Wells and Ozelle Brown 07/29/1998
JC-AL-0010-0004.pdf | Detail
Appellate Decision 05/26/1999 (176 F.3d 1336)
JC-AL-0010-0006.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Petition for Writ of Certiorari 07/06/1999
JC-AL-0010-0005.pdf | Detail
Ruling on Petition for Writ of Certiorari 12/13/1999 (528 U.S. 1061)
JC-AL-0010-0007.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Judges Birch, Stanley F. Jr. (Eleventh Circuit)
JC-AL-0010-0006
Nelson, Edwin L. (N.D. Ala.) [Magistrate]
JC-AL-0010-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bright, Stephen B. (Georgia)
JC-AL-0010-0005
Fisher, Barry J. (Georgia)
JC-AL-0010-9000
Johnson, Christopher M. (Georgia)
JC-AL-0010-0001 | JC-AL-0010-0003 | JC-AL-0010-0005 | JC-AL-0010-0006 | JC-AL-0010-9000 | JC-AL-0010-9001
Mathis, Perry D. (Alabama)
JC-AL-0010-9001
Thandiwe, Lynnae Francine (Georgia)
JC-AL-0010-9000
Toone, Robert E. Jr. (Georgia)
JC-AL-0010-0001 | JC-AL-0010-0003 | JC-AL-0010-0005 | JC-AL-0010-0006 | JC-AL-0010-9001
Defendant's Lawyers Byrne, Alice Ann (Alabama)
JC-AL-0010-0002 | JC-AL-0010-0006 | JC-AL-0010-9001
Hamlett, Ashley (Alabama)
JC-AL-0010-0006 | JC-AL-0010-9000 | JC-AL-0010-9001
Harmon, Bart Gregory (Alabama)
JC-AL-0010-0004
Lackey, Gary W. (Alabama)
JC-AL-0010-0006 | JC-AL-0010-9000 | JC-AL-0010-9001
Lee, Tamara Y. (Alabama)
JC-AL-0010-9000
Leonard, Ellen Ruth (Alabama)
JC-AL-0010-0002 | JC-AL-0010-0006 | JC-AL-0010-9000 | JC-AL-0010-9001
Livingston, Jack (Alabama)
JC-AL-0010-9000
Lyles, Harry A. (Alabama)
JC-AL-0010-9000 | JC-AL-0010-9001
Masters, Daryl L. (Alabama)
JC-AL-0010-0004 | JC-AL-0010-9000
Paulk, Gerald R. (Alabama)
JC-AL-0010-9000
Redd, Andrew Weldon (Alabama)
JC-AL-0010-0006 | JC-AL-0010-9000 | JC-AL-0010-9001
Thomas, Kim Tobias (Alabama)
JC-AL-0010-0002
Webb, James W. (Alabama)
JC-AL-0010-9000 | JC-AL-0010-9001
Other Lawyers None on record

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