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Case Name Roe v. Leis JC-OH-0009
Docket / Court 1:00-cv-00651-SJD ( S.D. Ohio )
State/Territory Ohio
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
On August 9, 2000, an inmate at the Hamilton County Jail in Cincinnati, Ohio filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Hamilton County in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. The plaintiff, who was represented by private counsel, asked the court for injunctive relief, ... read more >
On August 9, 2000, an inmate at the Hamilton County Jail in Cincinnati, Ohio filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Hamilton County in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. The plaintiff, who was represented by private counsel, asked the court for injunctive relief, alleging that her constitutional right to terminate her pregnancy had been violated by the defendants' policies regarding abortion procedures for inmates. Plaintiff's request for abortion services was denied under this policy, which required the medical director to determine that an abortion was therapeutically indicated before being allowed.

The jail refused to transport plaintiff to receive abortion services without a court order. On January 10, 2001, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (Judge Susan Dlott) granted the plaintiff's request for a permanent injunction and ordered the jail to provide abortion services to inmates who requested them, finding the jail's policy imposed an "undue burden" on inmates' right to choose. Roe v. Leis, 2001 WL 1842459 (S.D.Ohio Jan. 10, 2001). On January 21, 2001, the plaintiff asked the court to award her attorneys' fees and costs as the prevailing party in the lawsuit. On June 5, 2001, the court (Judge Dlott) granted the plaintiff's request and awarded fees.

Kristen Sagar - 10/13/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Hamilton County, Ohio
Plaintiff Description Inmates claiming that the policies administered in Hamilton County prisons are unconstitutional
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 Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 2001 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2001
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)
00-651 (S.D. Ohio) 06/05/2001
JC-OH-0009-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order Granting Plaintiffs' Motion for a Permanent Injunction 01/10/2001 (2001 WL 1842459 / 2001 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 4348) (S.D. Ohio)
JC-OH-0009-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Judges Dlott, Susan J. (S.D. Ohio)
JC-OH-0009-0001 | JC-OH-0009-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Gerhardstein, Alphonse A. (Ohio)
JC-OH-0009-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Strauss, Gordon (Ohio)
JC-OH-0009-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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