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Case Name Hill v. Pulaski County JC-AR-0004
Docket / Court 79-465 ( E.D. Ark. )
State/Territory Arkansas
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
On October 25, 1979, inmates of the Pulaski County Jail in Arkansas filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas challenging the conditions of that facility. In 1985, the parties entered into a consent decree that ... read more >
On October 25, 1979, inmates of the Pulaski County Jail in Arkansas filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas challenging the conditions of that facility. In 1985, the parties entered into a consent decree that established population limits for the jail and required the sheriff of Pulaski County to notify the Court if anyone attempted to contravene the agreement.

On November 10, 1988, the sheriff filed notice with the District Court alleging that a state court judge had issued contempt orders when the sheriff refused to accept prisoners in contravention of the agreement. The District Court then reopened the 1985 decree for the limited purposes of dealing with compliance problems and joined the state court judge as a third party defendant for injunctive purposes. The judge then filed for a writ of prohibition in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, to prevent the District Court from joining him as a party for injunctive relief. The Eighth Circuit (Judge Donald Pomery Lay) denied the writ, finding no extraordinary circumstances to warrant the grant. Lofton v. U.S. Dist. Court for E.D. of Arkansas, 882 F.2d 300 (8th Cir. 1989). In November of 1989, the District Court (Judge George Howard Jr.) granted a motion to modify the consent decree for a temporary period, but the docket does not specify the conditions thereof. Procedural activity continued with respect to jurisdiction of the court, substitution of counsel, etc. and the case was terminated in June of 2000.

Rebecca Bloch - 03/22/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Pulaski County Jail
Plaintiff Description inmates of the Pulaski County Jail in Arkansas
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 Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1985 - 2000
Case Closing Year 2000
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)
79-cv-00465-GH (E.D. Ark.) 06/13/2000
JC-AR-0004-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Reported Opinion 08/02/1989 (882 F.2d 300)
JC-AR-0004-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Howard, George Jr. (W.D. Ark., E.D. Ark.)
JC-AR-0004-9000
Lay, Donald Pomery (Eighth Circuit)
JC-AR-0004-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Brown, Darrell F. (Arkansas)
JC-AR-0004-9000
Davis, Marva J. (Arkansas)
JC-AR-0004-9000
Quiggle, Richard (Arkansas)
JC-AR-0004-0001 | JC-AR-0004-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Burnett, Karla Moore (Arkansas)
JC-AR-0004-9000
Carpenter, Thomas M. (Arkansas)
JC-AR-0004-9000
Davis, Nelwyn L. (Arkansas)
JC-AR-0004-9000
Hall, John Wesley Jr. (Arkansas)
JC-AR-0004-0001 | JC-AR-0004-9000
Jackson, Robert K. (Arkansas)
JC-AR-0004-0001 | JC-AR-0004-9000
Mitchell, Amanda Mankin (Arkansas)
JC-AR-0004-9000
Stodola, Mark A. (Arkansas)
JC-AR-0004-9000
Vaught, Larry D. (Arkansas)
JC-AR-0004-9000
Walker, Pamela D. (Arkansas)
JC-AR-0004-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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