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Case Name Stanwood v. Green JC-OR-0002
Docket / Court 72-981 ( D. Or. )
State/Territory Oregon
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
On December 1, 1972, plaintiff filed a civil rights lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983, against Coos County, Oregon, and relevant officials, alleging unconstitutional conditions of confinement at Coos County Jail in Coquille, Oregon. ... read more >
On December 1, 1972, plaintiff filed a civil rights lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983, against Coos County, Oregon, and relevant officials, alleging unconstitutional conditions of confinement at Coos County Jail in Coquille, Oregon. The parties entered into a consent decree in August, 1976, in which the County agreed to remedy the overcrowded, unsanitary conditions at the Jail.

In February, 1981, the County threatened to move all inmates for an extended period of time to a facility that had been designated under the 1976 decree as appropriate only for short-term housing of prisoners in order to renovate the Jail. The plaintiff objected, and the parties agreed to an amended consent decree which was entered by the district court (Judge James M. Burns) in February, 1982.

There was subsequent litigation concerning attorney's fees, but the district court (Judge Burns) determined that, because the original complaint had been settled by a consent decree prior to the enactment of the statute authorizing an award of attorney's fees, the plaintiffs were not entitled to fees despite the subsequent motion for contempt. Stanwood v. Green, 559 F.Supp. 196 (D. Oregon 1983). The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed. Stanwood v. Green, 744 F.2d 714 (9th Cir. 1984)(per curiam). On August 22, 1991, the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon (Judge Burns) granted defendants' motion for relief from the consent decree and dismissed the case.

Megan Raynor - 03/06/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
General
Bathing and hygiene
Sanitation / living conditions
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Coos County Jail
Plaintiff Description Inmate at a county jail
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Unknown
Class action status granted Unknown
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1976 - 1991
Case Closing Year 1991
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)
72-981 (D. Or.) 08/22/1991
JC-OR-0002-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Reported Opinion 01/17/1983 (559 F.Supp. 196) (D. Or.)
JC-OR-0002-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Opinion 10/05/1984 (744 F.2d 714)
JC-OR-0002-0002 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Burns, James Milton (D. Or.)
JC-OR-0002-0001 | JC-OR-0002-9000
Goodwin, Alfred Theodore (D. Or., Ninth Circuit)
JC-OR-0002-0002
Jameson, William James (D. Mont.)
JC-OR-0002-0002
Schroeder, Mary Murphy (Ninth Circuit)
JC-OR-0002-0002
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers LaBarre, Jerome E. (Oregon)
JC-OR-0002-0001 | JC-OR-0002-0002 | JC-OR-0002-9000
Stebbins, Michael R. (Oregon)
JC-OR-0002-0001 | JC-OR-0002-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Bailey, Ronald E. (Oregon)
JC-OR-0002-0001 | JC-OR-0002-0002
Gillespie, Michael (Oregon)
JC-OR-0002-9000
Hunsaker, I. Franklin III (Oregon)
JC-OR-0002-0002
Kasting, Peter (Oregon)
JC-OR-0002-0001
Murray, Donald E. (Oregon)
JC-OR-0002-0001
Ris, David R. (Oregon)
JC-OR-0002-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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