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Case Name Poston v. Fox JC-NJ-0007
Docket / Court 80-1459 ( D.N.J. )
State/Territory New Jersey
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
Prisoners at the Cape May County Jail in New Jersey filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the county in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. The plaintiffs alleged that the conditions at the jail violated the constitutionally mandated minimum standards in the areas of ... read more >
Prisoners at the Cape May County Jail in New Jersey filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the county in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. The plaintiffs alleged that the conditions at the jail violated the constitutionally mandated minimum standards in the areas of physical conditions of the jail, classification, health care, discipline, grievance procedures, food and diet, recreation, educational programs, visitation, clothing provided, and preferential treatment of inmates.

On January 20, 1983, the parties entered into a consent decree wherein the defendants agreed to change some of their policies in order to fully comply with the Manual of Standards for New Jersey Adult County Correctional Facilities. The plaintiffs asked the court to award them attorneys' fees, and on January 12, 1984, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey (Judge Stanley S. Brotman) held that the consent decree was sufficiently favorable to the plaintiffs to allow them an award of 40% of their reasonable attorneys' fees. Poston v. Fox, 577 F.Supp. 915 (D.N.J. 1984).

Kristen Sagar - 06/07/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
General
Bathing and hygiene
Classification / placement
Education
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Recreation / Exercise
Sanitation / living conditions
Totality of conditions
Visiting
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Cape May County Jail
Plaintiff Description County jail inmates challenging their conditions of confinement
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Unknown
Class action status granted Unknown
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Declaratory Judgment
Attorneys fees
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1983 - n/a
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)
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Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Reported Opinion 01/12/1984 (577 F.Supp. 915) (D.N.J.)
JC-NJ-0007-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Brotman, Stanley Seymour (D.N.J., FISC)
JC-NJ-0007-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Beakley, Robert P. (New Jersey)
JC-NJ-0007-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Addas, Frank P. (New Jersey)
JC-NJ-0007-0001
Kimmelman, Irwin I. (New Jersey)
JC-NJ-0007-0001
Maloney, Joseph T. (New Jersey)
JC-NJ-0007-0001
Webb, James S. Jr. (New Jersey)
JC-NJ-0007-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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