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Case Name Incarcerated Men of Allen County Jail v. Fair JC-OH-0006
Docket / Court 72-188 ( N.D. Ohio )
State/Territory Ohio
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
In 1972, plaintiffs filed a pro se complaint alleging that conditions at the Allen County Jail were unbearable. The district court for the Northern District of Ohio (Judge Don J. Young) treated the pro se petition as a class action complaint and appointed counsel from the Advocates for Basic Legal ... read more >
In 1972, plaintiffs filed a pro se complaint alleging that conditions at the Allen County Jail were unbearable. The district court for the Northern District of Ohio (Judge Don J. Young) treated the pro se petition as a class action complaint and appointed counsel from the Advocates for Basic Legal Equity (ABLE). The parties negotiated a settlement agreement regarding ventilation, mail censorship, commissary privileges, visiting hours and facilities, jail population, plumbing, inmates' personal items, counseling and medical services, and a classification system. A second consent order followed that required defendants to allow inmates awaiting trial a reasonable number of local telephone calls and to hold a due process hearing before any inmate could be placed in solitary confinement.

In 1973, plaintiffs moved for award of attorney's fees, and the district court granted the motion. Incarcerated Men of Allen Co. v. Fair, 376 F. Supp. 483 (N.D. Ohio 1973). The county and the sheriff appealed, and the Sixth Circuit vacated the decision and remanded with instructions to reconsider an award of attorney's fees against individual defendants rather than the county. Incarcerated Men of Allen Co. v. Fair, 507 F.2d 281 (6th Cir. 1974). The docket for this case is not available on PACER, and therefore our information ends with the last reported decision in 1974.

Lauren Cutson - 05/26/2005


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
General
Classification / placement
Counseling
Mail
Sanitation / living conditions
Visiting
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Allen County Jail
Plaintiff Description inmates at the Allen County Jail
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 1972 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
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 10/05/1973 (507 F.2d 281)
JC-OH-0006-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Memorandum 10/05/1973 (376 F.Supp. 483) (N.D. Ohio)
JC-OH-0006-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Celebrezze, Anthony Joseph (Sixth Circuit)
JC-OH-0006-0001
Young, Don John (N.D. Ohio)
JC-OH-0006-0002
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Kelm, Russel A. (Ohio)
JC-OH-0006-0001
Little, David A. (Ohio)
JC-OH-0006-0001
Merritt, Frank S. (Ohio)
JC-OH-0006-0001
Vargyas, Joseph F. (Ohio)
JC-OH-0006-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Huffman, Lawrence S. (Ohio)
JC-OH-0006-0001 | JC-OH-0006-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

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