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Case Name Vega v. Ward JC-NY-0013
Docket / Court 82-6475 ( S.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
On September 29, 1982, inmates at the Rikers Island Hospital in New York filed a pro se class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against representatives of the Rikers Island Jails in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The plaintiffs asked the court for declaratory ... read more >
On September 29, 1982, inmates at the Rikers Island Hospital in New York filed a pro se class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against representatives of the Rikers Island Jails in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The plaintiffs asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief, alleging that their constitutional rights had been violated by poor healthcare and other unspecified conditions of confinement.

Our docket has a gap between 1983 and 1988, but on September 27, 1988, the parties entered into a settlement agreement. The agreement provided for changes in the areas of sanitation, handicap-accessible bathroom facilities, disposition of infectious waste, replacement of the roof, kitchen, and windows, heating, ventilation, and treatment of inmates with AIDS.

On July 20, 1990, the parties entered into a further stipulation regarding healthcare of inmates. Specifically, it provided for new standards in the areas of specialty clinics, medical records, test results, holding areas, transportation, renal dialysis, physical therapy, and patient grievance procedures.

On October 15, 1990, the court closed the case. On October 22, 1990, the court reopened the case. On March 24, 1997, the court again administratively closed the case.

Kristen Sagar - 10/20/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Bathing and hygiene
Classification / placement
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Totality of conditions
Medical/Mental Health
HIV/AIDS
Medical care, general
Tuberculosis
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Riker's Island Jails
Plaintiff Description inmates at the Rikers Island Jails
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 1988 - 1997
Case Closing Year 1997
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)
82-6475 (S.D.N.Y.) 04/18/1997
JC-NY-0013-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Stipulation and Order 09/27/1988 (S.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0013-0004 PDF | Detail
Stipulation and Order 07/20/1990 (S.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0013-0001 PDF | Detail
Order 10/12/1990 (S.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0013-0002 PDF | Detail
Opinion 11/20/1991 (1991 WL 258806) (S.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0013-0005 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Order Relating to Medical Placement and Isolation of Patients with Contagious Diseases 04/22/1992 (S.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0013-0003 PDF | Detail
Opinion 04/22/1992 (1992 WL 88146 / 1992 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 5249) (S.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0013-0006 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Judges Gershon, Nina (S.D.N.Y., E.D.N.Y.) [Magistrate]
JC-NY-0013-9000
Lasker, Morris Edward (D. Mass., S.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0013-0001 | JC-NY-0013-0002 | JC-NY-0013-0003 | JC-NY-0013-0004 | JC-NY-0013-0005 | JC-NY-0013-0006
Scheindlin, Shira A. (E.D.N.Y., S.D.N.Y.) [Magistrate]
JC-NY-0013-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Boston, John (New York)
JC-NY-0013-0003
Dohrn, Beatrice (New York)
JC-NY-0013-0003
Katz, Theodore H. (New York)
JC-NY-0013-0002
Levy, Marcia (New York)
JC-NY-0013-0002 | JC-NY-0013-0004
Lewis, David A. (New York)
JC-NY-0013-0004
Weinstein, Philip L. (New York)
JC-NY-0013-0002 | JC-NY-0013-0003 | JC-NY-0013-0004
Wilker, Dale A. (New York)
JC-NY-0013-0002 | JC-NY-0013-0003 | JC-NY-0013-0004 | JC-NY-0013-0005
Defendant's Lawyers Daly, Robert (New York)
JC-NY-0013-0003
Koerner, Leonard J. (New York)
JC-NY-0013-0003
Kovner, Victor A. (New York)
JC-NY-0013-0002 | JC-NY-0013-0005
O'Neill, Julie E. (New York)
JC-NY-0013-0002 | JC-NY-0013-0004 | JC-NY-0013-0005
Orsland, Chlarens (New York)
JC-NY-0013-0002 | JC-NY-0013-0005
Schwarz, Frederick A.O. Jr. (New York)
JC-NY-0013-9000
Tranfo, Joseph A. (New York)
JC-NY-0013-0002
Turbow, Daniel (New York)
JC-NY-0013-0004
Zimroth, Peter L. (New York)
JC-NY-0013-0004
Other Lawyers None on record

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