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Case Name Jordan v. Multnomah County JC-OR-0006
Docket / Court 80-841 ( D. Or. )
State/Territory Oregon
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
On September 18, 1980, plaintiffs filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon against Multnomah County officials, challenging conditions in the Multnomah County Jail. Multnomah County Circuit and District Court judges entered as ... read more >
On September 18, 1980, plaintiffs filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon against Multnomah County officials, challenging conditions in the Multnomah County Jail. Multnomah County Circuit and District Court judges entered as amicus curiae in the case. Apparently, there was significant litigation before 1989, but the PACER docket does not start until 1989, beginning with the 427th entry in the case. We therefore do not know much about the substance of this litigation, but from February 1989 until May 1990, the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon (Judge James A. Reddon) monitored defendant Multnomah County for violations of a previous court order. On June 29, 1990 the court issued a final order in the case, ordering declaratory judgment. On August 13, 1997, the court terminated the final order in the case pursuant to the Prison Litigation Reform Act ("PLRA").

Plaintiffs appealed the district court's judgment termination of the final order, contending that the PLRA was unconstitutional. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed, nothing that it had already ruled, in Gilmore v. California, 220 F.3d 987 (9th Cir. 2000), that the PLRA was constitutional. Jordan v. Multnomah Co., 230 F.3d 1367 (9th Cir. 2000). This is the final entry in the PACER docket.

David Terry - 05/02/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Totality of conditions
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Multnomah County
Plaintiff Description inmates at the Multnomah 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 1990 - 1997
Case Closing Year 1997
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)
80-841 (D. Or.) 09/26/2000
JC-OR-0006-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum 08/30/2000 (230 F.3d 1367)
JC-OR-0006-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Judges Lay, Donald Pomery (Eighth Circuit)
JC-OR-0006-0001
McKeown, M. Margaret (Ninth Circuit)
JC-OR-0006-0001
Redden, James Anthony (D. Or.)
JC-OR-0006-9000
Tashima, Atsushi Wallace (Ninth Circuit, C.D. Cal.)
JC-OR-0006-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers La Barre, Jerome E. (Oregon)
JC-OR-0006-9000
Rieke, Forrest N. (Oregon)
JC-OR-0006-9000
Steenson, Thomas M. (Oregon)
JC-OR-0006-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Duffy, Sandra N. (Oregon)
JC-OR-0006-9000
Sponsler, Thomas C. Jr. (Oregon)
JC-OR-0006-9000
Other Lawyers Abernethy, Pamela L. (Oregon)
JC-OR-0006-9000
Frohnmayer, David B. (Oregon)
JC-OR-0006-9000
Londahl, Jan Peter (Oregon)
JC-OR-0006-9000

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