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Case Name Cooper v. Noble JC-MS-0019
Docket / Court 78-207 ( S.D. Miss. )
State/Territory Mississippi
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Jail Conditions
Case Summary
In 1978, a group of Madison County inmates filed a section 1983 class action suit against Madison County officials in the District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. The inmates challenged nearly every aspect of jail conditions. In 1980 or 1981, the district court accepted an interim ... read more >
In 1978, a group of Madison County inmates filed a section 1983 class action suit against Madison County officials in the District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. The inmates challenged nearly every aspect of jail conditions. In 1980 or 1981, the district court accepted an interim consent agreement reached by the parties and entered an interim judgment. The consent agreement concerned issues such as nutrition, visitation, disciplinary rules, medical attention, and access to attorneys.

One year later, the district court referred the case to a United States Magistrate Judge for entry of judgment. The Magistrate Judge entered a final judgment.

In 1989, the Madison County officials filed a motion for relief from the original consent agreement because the County had built a new jail, altering the conditions and procedures of the jail. In response, the plaintiffs not only opposed the motion, but also moved to hold the officials in contempt of court for violating the decree. The Magistrate Judge held that the Madison County officials were in contempt of court and denied their motion for relief from judgment. The officials appealed.

In 1994, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the Magistrate Judge's decision. Cooper v. Noble, 33 F.3d 540 (5th Cir. 1994). Two months after the decision, the Fifth Circuit supplemented its earlier decision, holding that the Violent Crime Control Act of 1994 does not apply to Defendants' appeal. Cooper v. Noble, 41 F.3d 212 (5th Cir. 1994).

Plaintiffs' counsel then sought attorney's fees. The court determined the proper amount of attorney's fees and the attorneys appealed the decision. Cooper v. Hopkins, 945 F. Supp. 940 (S.D. Miss. 1995). The Fifth Circuit heard the appeal and affirmed the decision of the District Court. Cooper v. Pentecost, 77 F.3d 829 (5th Cir. 1996).

Lauren Cutson - 05/19/2005


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
Race discrimination
Sex discrimination
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Assault/abuse by staff
Classification / placement
Disciplinary procedures
Fire safety
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Law library access
Library (non-law) access
Mail
Personal injury
Phone
Recreation / Exercise
Sanitation / living conditions
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Visiting
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Madison County Jai
Plaintiff Description inmates at the Madison County Jail in Mississippi
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 1978 - 1996
Case Closing Year 1996
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)
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General Documents
Reported Opinion 10/05/1994 (33 F.3d 540)
JC-MS-0019-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Reported Opinion 12/15/1994 (41 F.3d 212)
JC-MS-0019-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Memorandum Opinion and Order 03/03/1995 (945 F.Supp. 940) (S.D. Miss.)
JC-MS-0019-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Reported Opinion 03/14/1996 (77 F.3d 829)
JC-MS-0019-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Duhe, John Malcolm Jr. (Fifth Circuit, W.D. La.)
JC-MS-0019-0003
Garza, Emilio M. (Fifth Circuit, W.D. Tex.)
JC-MS-0019-0001 | JC-MS-0019-0003 | JC-MS-0019-0004
Higginbotham, Aloyisus Leon Jr. (FISCR, Third Circuit, E.D. Pa.)
JC-MS-0019-0003
Wingate, Henry Travillion (S.D. Miss.)
JC-MS-0019-0002
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Robinson, Lindia Pilcher (Mississippi)
JC-MS-0019-0001 | JC-MS-0019-0004
Walker, Tara Bryant (Mississippi)
JC-MS-0019-0001 | JC-MS-0019-0004 | JC-MS-0019-0004
Wallace, Terry (Mississippi)
JC-MS-0019-0001 | JC-MS-0019-0004 | JC-MS-0019-0004
Welch, Ronald R. (Mississippi)
JC-MS-0019-0001 | JC-MS-0019-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Cowan, Rebecca Barge (Mississippi)
JC-MS-0019-0001 | JC-MS-0019-0002 | JC-MS-0019-0003 | JC-MS-0019-0003 | JC-MS-0019-0003 | JC-MS-0019-0004
Montgomery, Carl Robert (Mississippi)
JC-MS-0019-0002 | JC-MS-0019-0003
Other Lawyers None on record

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