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Case Name Handlin v. Garvey JC-NY-0021
Docket / Court 91-6777 ( S.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
On October 8, 1991, prisoners at the Orange County Jail in New York filed a pro se 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 plaintiffs asked the court for injunctive relief and $1 million dollars ... read more >
On October 8, 1991, prisoners at the Orange County Jail in New York filed a pro se 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 plaintiffs asked the court for injunctive relief and $1 million dollars each, alleging that their constitutional rights had been violated by the jail's insufficiencies in the areas of medical care, dental care, law library, dining facilities, and recreational programs, as well as the fact that they had been denied access to Catholic religious services and to a notary public.

On November 20, 1996, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (Judge Allen G. Schwartz) dismissed the claims of several plaintiffs due to a failure to prosecute. Handlin v. Garvey, 1996 WL 673823 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 20, 1996).

On September 10, 1998, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (Judge Schwartz) granted the defendant's motion to dismiss the case because the plaintiffs failed to raise any triable issues of fact. Redmond v. Garvey 1998 WL 600992 (S.D.N.Y. Sept 10, 1998).

Kristen Sagar - 06/09/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Law library access
Recreation / Exercise
Religious programs / policies
Visiting
Medical/Mental Health
Dental care
Medical care, general
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Orange County, New York
Plaintiff Description Several former inmates of the Orange County Jail challenging the conditions of their confinement
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted Unknown
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 1998 - n/a
Case Closing Year 1998
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)
91-6777 (S.D.N.Y.) 10/07/1998
JC-NY-0021-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Opinion and Order 11/20/1996 (1996 WL 673823 / 1996 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 17281) (S.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0021-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Opinion and Order 09/10/1998 (1998 WL 600992 / 1998 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 14180) (S.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0021-0002 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Judges Schwartz, Allen G. (S.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0021-0001 | JC-NY-0021-0002 | JC-NY-0021-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers Cione, Thomas J. (New York)
JC-NY-0021-9000
Giannetti, Joseph D. (New York)
JC-NY-0021-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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