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Case Name Sykes v. Krieger JC-OH-0002
Docket / Court C71-1181 ( N.D. Ohio )
State/Territory Ohio
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
In 1971, plaintiffs filed a section 1983 class action on behalf of all present and future inmates at Cuyahoga County Jail. The district court for the Northern District of Ohio (Judge Robert Krupansky) certified plaintiffs' class and ordered defendants to address issues regarding overpopulation, ... read more >
In 1971, plaintiffs filed a section 1983 class action on behalf of all present and future inmates at Cuyahoga County Jail. The district court for the Northern District of Ohio (Judge Robert Krupansky) certified plaintiffs' class and ordered defendants to address issues regarding overpopulation, lack of psychiatric care, cross examinations at disciplinary hearings, counsel-substitution at disciplinary hearings, mail services, telephone procedures, visitation procedures, and library services. Sykes v. Kreiger, 451 F. Supp. 421 (N.D. Ohio 1975). Subsequently, the court allowed plaintiffs to amend their complaint to add state officials and the Mayor of Cleveland as defendants, and these defendants appealed. The Sixth Circuit remanded to determine whether the state defendants should be dismissed. Sykes v. Krieger [sic], 551 F.2d 689 (6th Cir. 1977). In 1987, the district court (Judge Alvin I. Krenzler) entered a consent decree. In 1994, the district court (Judge Lesley Brooks Wells) terminated the consent decree after finding that defendants had complied with the consent decree in all respects. Watts v. McFaul, 158 F.R.D. 598 (N.D. Ohio 1994). The docket for this case is not available on PACER, and therefore our information ends with the last reported decision in 1994.

Lauren Cutson - 05/26/2005


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
General
Disciplinary procedures
Law library access
Library (non-law) access
Mail
Phone
Visiting
Medical/Mental Health
Mental health care, general
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Cuyahoga County Jail
Plaintiff Description present and future inmates at Cuyahoga County Jail in Ohio
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
Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1971 - 1994
Case Closing Year 1994
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)
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Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Order 05/15/1975 (451 F.Supp. 421) (N.D. Ohio)
JC-OH-0002-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
[Reported opinion] 01/01/1976 (551 F.2d 689)
JC-OH-0002-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Unpublished Opinion 01/14/1976 (530 F.2d 978)
JC-OH-0002-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Memorandum of Opinion and Order Terminating Consent Judgment 11/21/1994 (158 F.R.D. 598) (N.D. Ohio)
JC-OH-0002-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Cecil, Lester LeFevre (S.D. Ohio, Sixth Circuit)
JC-OH-0002-0002
Krupansky, Robert B. (N.D. Ohio, Sixth Circuit)
JC-OH-0002-0001
Wells, Lesley Brooks (N.D. Ohio)
JC-OH-0002-0003
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bass, Stanley A. (New York)
JC-OH-0002-0002
Berkman, Bernard A. (Ohio)
JC-OH-0002-0002
Billington, Glenn E. (Ohio)
JC-OH-0002-0001 | JC-OH-0002-0002
Gilbert, Terry H. (Ohio)
JC-OH-0002-0003
Jones, C. Lyonel (Ohio)
JC-OH-0002-0002
Stege, Edward R. Jr. (Ohio)
JC-OH-0002-0001 | JC-OH-0002-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Balkaj, Solomon (Ohio)
JC-OH-0002-0003
Brown, William J. (Ohio)
JC-OH-0002-0001 | JC-OH-0002-0002
Cushion, R. Paul III (Ohio)
JC-OH-0002-0003
Douglas, Malcolm C. (Ohio)
JC-OH-0002-0001 | JC-OH-0002-0001 | JC-OH-0002-0002 | JC-OH-0002-0004
Gauntner, Timothy J. (Ohio)
JC-OH-0002-0001 | JC-OH-0002-0001 | JC-OH-0002-0002 | JC-OH-0002-0004
Karas, Simon B. (Ohio)
JC-OH-0002-0001 | JC-OH-0002-0002
Mallamad, Shawn (Ohio)
JC-OH-0002-0003
Murphy, Patrick J. (Ohio)
JC-OH-0002-0003
Pokorny, Michael (Ohio)
JC-OH-0002-0003
Other Lawyers None on record

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