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Case Name Thomas v. Tallapoosa County JC-AL-0013
Docket / Court 87-1319 ( M.D. Ala. )
State/Territory Alabama
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
On November 19, 1987, an inmate at the Tallapoosa County Jail ("County Jail") in Alabama filed a pro se complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, alleging unconstitutional conditions of confinement. Specifically, plaintiff alleged that the Alabama Department of ... read more >
On November 19, 1987, an inmate at the Tallapoosa County Jail ("County Jail") in Alabama filed a pro se complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, alleging unconstitutional conditions of confinement. Specifically, plaintiff alleged that the Alabama Department of Corrections was incarcerating state prisoners in the County Jail, exacerbating the already overcrowded condition of the County Jail, and that no provisions had been made to accommodate these state prisoners.

On November 18, 1991, the court ordered the Department of Corrections to remove state prisoners from the County Jail within 30 days of receipt of the inmate's transcript from the Department of Corrections.

On November 22, 1993, the court approved a consent order between the parties which resolved all of the constitutional issues at the County Jail; the consent order included a requirement for the construction of a new jail, procedures for the operation of that jail, and a provision which made the November 1991, court order permanent.

On September 18, 1998, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama (Magistrate Judge Carroll), held that all portions of the consent decree were terminated pursuant to the Prison Litigation Reform Act ("PLRA"), except for the provision making permanent the County Jail's duty to remove all state prisoners from the County Jail within thirty days of receipt of the prisoner's transcript. Thomas v. Tallapoosa County, No. 87-1319, 1998 WL 709775 (M.D. Ala. Sept. 18, 1998). The conditions of confinement which were regulated by that provision were unconstitutional and the relief afforded in that provision was necessary to remedy the constitutional violation, making termination under the PLRA improper. The court held, however, that a hearing was required to determine whether continuation of that provision of the consent decree was necessary in relation to the new jail. The hearing was scheduled for October 1, 1998, but the ultimate disposition of this issue is unclear.

Megan Raynor - 03/25/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action
Defendant(s) Alabama Department of Corrections
Tallapoosa County
Plaintiff Description All inmates who are or will be incarcerated at the Tallapoosa County Jail
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1993 - 1998
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
Memorandum Opinion and Order 09/18/1998 (1998 WL 709775 / 1998 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 15864) (M.D. Ala.)
JC-AL-0013-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Judges Carroll, John L. (M.D. Ala.) [Magistrate]
JC-AL-0013-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers Jones, E. Paul (Alabama)
JC-AL-0013-0001
Lyles, Harry A. (Alabama)
JC-AL-0013-0001
Redd, Andrew Weldon (Alabama)
JC-AL-0013-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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