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Case Name Capel v. McCarthy JC-NV-0002
Docket / Court CV-LV-77-118 RDF ( D. Nev. )
State/Territory Nevada
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
On July 15, 1977, inmates of the Clark County Jail in Las Vegas, Nevada, filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. §1983 against the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Commission in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada. The plaintiffs, represented by the federal public defender, ... read more >
On July 15, 1977, inmates of the Clark County Jail in Las Vegas, Nevada, filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. §1983 against the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Commission in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada. The plaintiffs, represented by the federal public defender, alleged that their constitutional rights had been violated by confinement in conditions that were oppressive, barbaric, degrading, and dangerous to their lives, health, and safety.

On August 11, 1977, the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada (Judge Roger D. Foley) certified two classes of plaintiffs: a class of pretrial detainees and a class of convicted inmates. On February 21, 1978, the district court granted the United States permission to intervene as a party plaintiff in the case. On October 23, 1978, the district court (Judge Foley) issued a consent decree in the case. We have no copy of this consent decree, but we know that it provided for changes in classification procedures.

On February 29, 1980, the plaintiffs asked the district court to order the defendants to lower the population levels at the jail. On August 22, 1980, the district court (Judge Foley) issued an injunction setting the population cap for the jail at 178 inmates. The district court ordered the city to lower the jail population to that level within six months and ordered all Nevada state judges to observe this order. West v. Lamb, 497 F.Supp 989 (D.Nev. 1980).

On June 27, 1987, the district court (Judge Foley) dissolved the consent decree and dismissed the case.

Kristen Sagar - 10/13/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Pre-PLRA Population Cap
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Assault/abuse by residents/inmates/students
Assault/abuse by staff
Bathing and hygiene
Classification / placement
Fire safety
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Personal injury
Racial segregation
Recreation / Exercise
Rehabilitation
Religious programs / policies
Sanitation / living conditions
Sexual abuse by residents/inmates
Totality of conditions
Visiting
Youth / Adult separation
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Mental health care, general
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Dept. Jail System
Plaintiff Description pretrial detainees and convicted inmates of jails in Clark County, Nevada
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1978 - 1987
Case Closing Year 1987
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 ]

Docket(s)
77-118 (D. Nev.) 08/09/1989
JC-NV-0002-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Order 08/24/1979 (D. Nev.)
JC-NV-0002-0003.pdf | Detail
Memorandum: ""Supplement to Section A-3 of the Implementation Plan to the Consent Decree"". 08/30/1979
JC-NV-0002-0001.pdf | Detail
Supplement to Section A-3 of the Implementation Plan to the Consent Decree 08/30/1979
JC-NV-0002-0002.pdf | Detail
Stipulation 09/06/1979
JC-NV-0002-0004.pdf | Detail
Order Dissolving Consent Decree and Entering Final Judgment 06/23/1987 (D. Nev.)
JC-NV-0002-0008.pdf | Detail
Order Fixing Maximum Inmate Population for Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Dept. Jails and Requiring substantially full compliance with consent decree 08/22/1990 (497 F.Supp. 989) (D. Nev.)
JC-NV-0002-0010.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Correspondence re: Capel v. Lamb County Jail, CA#LV 77-118 RDF (D. Nev.) 11/24/1997
JC-NV-0002-0009.pdf | Detail
Judges Foley, Roger D. (D. Nev.)
JC-NV-0002-0003 | JC-NV-0002-0004 | JC-NV-0002-0008 | JC-NV-0002-0010
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Adams, Brent T. (Nevada)
JC-NV-0002-0010
Brown, B. Mahlon III (Nevada)
JC-NV-0002-0004 | JC-NV-0002-0010
Cory, Kenneth C. (Nevada)
JC-NV-0002-0004 | JC-NV-0002-0010
Goodman, Oscar B. (Nevada)
JC-NV-0002-0004 | JC-NV-0002-0010
Ory, Charles (District of Columbia)
JC-NV-0002-0004 | JC-NV-0002-0010 | JC-NV-0002-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Hauser, Charles K. (Nevada)
JC-NV-0002-0008
Howard, John H. Jr. (Nevada)
JC-NV-0002-0010
Lang, Gary D. (Nevada)
JC-NV-0002-0010
Miller, Robert J. (Nevada)
JC-NV-0002-0004 | JC-NV-0002-0010 | JC-NV-0002-9000
Ogilivie, George F. (Nevada)
JC-NV-0002-0004 | JC-NV-0002-0010 | JC-NV-0002-9000
Parry, Stanley W. (Nevada)
JC-NV-0002-0010
Weger, Charles (Nevada)
JC-NV-0002-0004
Other Lawyers None on record

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