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Case Name Padgett v. Stein JC-PA-0016
Docket / Court 72-487 ( M.D. Pa. )
State/Territory Pennsylvania
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
In 1972, inmates at the York County Prison, represented by Central Pennsylvania Legal Services, filed a Section 1983 class action suit in the Middle District of Pennsylvania against officials of the York County Prison (a jail). Plaintiffs alleged that conditions of confinement constituted a ... read more >
In 1972, inmates at the York County Prison, represented by Central Pennsylvania Legal Services, filed a Section 1983 class action suit in the Middle District of Pennsylvania against officials of the York County Prison (a jail). Plaintiffs alleged that conditions of confinement constituted a violation of the Eighth Amendment. Specifically plaintiffs complained of: overcrowding; improper visitation rules; inadequate security staffing; racial discrimination; and inadequate fire regulations.

The parties entered into a consent decree, which was approved by the court. The decree required defendants to: comply with the state minimum requirements for county prisons; permit all inmates visitations of at least ninety minutes per week; and not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed or national origin.

In 1975, plaintiffs sought enforcement of the consent decree, alleging that defendants had failed to adopt the state minimum requirements for county prisons and refused to implement the visitation procedures required by the consent decree. The District Court (Judge Michael Henry Sheridan) held that the defendants were in full compliance with minimum state requirements except as they pertained to visitation rules, overcrowding, employment of the required number of correctional officers, and, possibly, safety standards and fire regulations and issued an order requiring defendants to come into compliance. Padgett v. Stein, 406 F. Supp. 287 (M.D. Pa. 1975).

The docket for this case is not available on PACER, and therefore our information ends with the most recent decision, dated December 16, 1975.

Eoghan Keenan - 06/10/2005


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Fire safety
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Visiting
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) York County Prison
Plaintiff Description inmates at the York County Prison
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 1973 - 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 12/16/1975 (406 F.Supp. 287) (M.D. Pa.)
JC-PA-0016-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Sheridan, Michael Henry (M.D. Pa.)
JC-PA-0016-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Gilbert, Jeffry L. (Pennsylvania)
JC-PA-0016-0001
Linder, Alan (Pennsylvania)
JC-PA-0016-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Roe, Gordon A. (Pennsylvania)
JC-PA-0016-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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