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Case Name Jones v. Wittenberg JC-OH-0001
Docket / Court C70-388 ( N.D. Ohio )
State/Territory Ohio
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
In 1970, inmates at the Lucas County Jail filed a class action suit against several officials associated with the jail. In 1971, the district court for the Northern District of Ohio (Judge Don J. Young) ordered defendants to update the lighting, ventilation, plumbing, paint, and the cell-locking ... read more >
In 1970, inmates at the Lucas County Jail filed a class action suit against several officials associated with the jail. In 1971, the district court for the Northern District of Ohio (Judge Don J. Young) ordered defendants to update the lighting, ventilation, plumbing, paint, and the cell-locking system but denied plaintiffs' request for damages. Jones v. Wittenberg, 330 F. Supp. 707 (N.D. Ohio 1971). The Lucas County Sheriff appealed, and the Sixth Circuit affirmed. Jones v. Metzger, 456 F.2d 854 (6th Cir. 1972).

A few years later, plaintiffs filed a motion for defendants to show cause why they should not be held in contempt, and the district court appointed a Special Master to oversee defendants' compliance with the court's 1971 order. Jones v. Wittenberg, 73 F.R.D. 82 (N.D. Ohio 1976). After the court received reports from the monitor, it found defendants to be in violation of the 1971 order, ordered defendants to come into compliance with the order, and granted additional injunctive relief to plaintiffs. Jones v. Wittenberg, 440 F. Supp. 60 (N.D. Ohio 1977). The docket for this case is not available on PACER, and therefore our information ends with the last reported decision in 1977.

On November 5, 2014, the court ordered specific population restrictions, requiring that the general classified population of the jail not exceed 403 (the count to be taken at 3:00 p.m. each day) and further to ensure that the booking population not exceed 65 at any time.

In order to ensure compliance with the November 2014 order, on September 17, 2015 the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Western Division issued a further order specifying release procedures to be followed by correctional authorities. 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 138712.

Lauren Cutson - 05/26/2005
Lakshmi Gopal - 02/11/2016


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Sanitation / living conditions
Totality of conditions
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Lucas County Jail
Plaintiff Description inmates at the Lucas County Jail
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 1971 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
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
Reported Opinion 02/17/1971 (323 F.Supp. 93) (N.D. Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-0005.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Reported Opinion 07/09/1971 (330 F.Supp. 707) (N.D. Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Reported Opinion 03/04/1972 (456 F.2d 854)
JC-OH-0001-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Memorandum 04/30/1973 (357 F.Supp. 696) (N.D. Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Memorandum and Order 12/17/1976 (73 F.R.D. 82) (N.D. Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-0006.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Memorandum and Order 07/29/1977 (440 F.Supp. 60) (N.D. Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Opinion 09/17/2015 (2015 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 138712) (N.D. Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-0008.pdf | LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Carr, James G. (N.D. Ohio, FISC) [Magistrate]
JC-OH-0001-0008
Kinneary, Joseph Peter (S.D. Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-0003
Peck, John Weld II (Sixth Circuit, S.D. Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-0003
Young, Don John (N.D. Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-0001 | JC-OH-0001-0002 | JC-OH-0001-0004 | JC-OH-0001-0005 | JC-OH-0001-0006
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bass, Stanley A. (New York)
JC-OH-0001-0001 | JC-OH-0001-0003 | JC-OH-0001-0004 | JC-OH-0001-0005 | JC-OH-0001-0006
Desmond, Marshall R. (Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-0003 | JC-OH-0001-0004 | JC-OH-0001-0005
Frank, R. Michael (Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-0002 | JC-OH-0001-0003 | JC-OH-0001-0005
Gorman, Francis X. (Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-0003 | JC-OH-0001-0003 | JC-OH-0001-0004 | JC-OH-0001-0005
Green, Merritt W. (Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-0003 | JC-OH-0001-0005
Harris, John A. III (Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-0003
Lackey, Gerald B. (Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-0001 | JC-OH-0001-0003 | JC-OH-0001-0005 | JC-OH-0001-0006
Merritt, Frank S. (Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-0001 | JC-OH-0001-0002 | JC-OH-0001-0003 | JC-OH-0001-0005 | JC-OH-0001-0006
Wilker, Dale A. (New York)
JC-OH-0001-0001 | JC-OH-0001-0006
Defendant's Lawyers Friberg, Harry (Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-0003
Hayward, John F. (Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-0001 | JC-OH-0001-0001 | JC-OH-0001-0002 | JC-OH-0001-0002 | JC-OH-0001-0003 | JC-OH-0001-0004 | JC-OH-0001-0005 | JC-OH-0001-0006
Johnson, Willard A. (Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-0001 | JC-OH-0001-0002 | JC-OH-0001-0003 | JC-OH-0001-0004 | JC-OH-0001-0005
Pizza, Anthony G. (Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-0001 | JC-OH-0001-0001 | JC-OH-0001-0002 | JC-OH-0001-0002 | JC-OH-0001-0003 | JC-OH-0001-0003 | JC-OH-0001-0004 | JC-OH-0001-0005 | JC-OH-0001-0006
Other Lawyers None on record

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