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Case Name Lasky v. Quinlan JC-NY-0019
Docket / Court 73-1666 ( S.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
Inmates at the Dutchess County Jail in New York filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against representatives of the county in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The inmates asked the court to grant them injunctive relief against the county, alleging that their ... read more >
Inmates at the Dutchess County Jail in New York filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against representatives of the county in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The inmates asked the court to grant them injunctive relief against the county, alleging that their constitutional rights had been violated by inadequacies at the jail in the areas of classification, personal hygiene, health services, kitchen sanitation, and recreation.

On July 25, 1973 the parties entered into a stipulation with respect to the improvements needed in the jail which the defendants agreed to implement. On July 30, 1973, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (Judge Murray Gurfein) issued an opinion and order approving the stipulation that had been entered into between the parties.

On December 8, 1975 the plaintiffs asked the court to hold Sheriff Quinlan in contempt for non-compliance with the agreement and order. On June 21, 1976, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (Judge Henry Werker) held that the Sheriff was willfully in contempt for failure to comply with the stipulation and fined him $500. Lasky v. Quinlan, 419 F.Supp. 799 (S.D.N.Y. 1976). On October 8, 1976, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (Judge Werker) issued another opinion requiring the Sheriff to pay $35,000 in legal fees and $9,573.48 in disbursements. Lasky v. Quinlan, 426 F.Supp. 682 (S.D.N.Y. 1976). The Sheriff appealed these decisions.

On July 29, 1977, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (Judge Edmund Palmieri) vacated the district court's judgment, holding that because there were no individual plaintiffs still in custody at the jail and the district court had expressly denied class certification, the case was moot. Lasky v. Quinlan, 558 F.2d 1133 (2nd Cir. 1977).

Kristen Sagar - 06/09/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Administrative segregation
Bathing and hygiene
Classification / placement
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Recreation / Exercise
Sanitation / living conditions
Visiting
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, unspecified
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Dutchess County
Plaintiff Description County jail inmates who had entered into stipulation with the sheriff concerning improvements in jail conditions
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Confession of Judgment
Order Duration 1973 - 1977
Case Closing Year 1977
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)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Opinion 06/21/1976 (419 F.Supp. 799) (S.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0019-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Memorandum Decision 10/08/1976 (426 F.Supp. 682) (S.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0019-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Reported Opinion 07/29/1977 (558 F.2d 1133)
JC-NY-0019-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Palmieri, Edmund Louis (S.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0019-0001
Werker, Henry Frederick (S.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0019-0002 | JC-NY-0019-0003
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Arnason, Jon Yard (New York)
JC-NY-0019-0002
Levin, Jack P. (New York)
JC-NY-0019-0001 | JC-NY-0019-0002 | JC-NY-0019-0003
Steinbock, Sara E. (New York)
JC-NY-0019-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Benson, James D. (New York)
JC-NY-0019-0002
Fedorchak, James M. (New York)
JC-NY-0019-0002
Kehoe, Peter R. (New York)
JC-NY-0019-0001
Maroulis, Peter L. (New York)
JC-NY-0019-0002 | JC-NY-0019-0003
Other Lawyers None on record

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