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Case Name Martinez Rodriguez v. Jimenez JC-PR-0001
Docket / Court 75-893 ( D.P.R. )
State/Territory Puerto Rico
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
In 1975 inmates at the San Juan District Jail in Puerto Rico filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 alleging violations of the Fourteenth Amendment on the part of the jail administrators due to inadequate conditions of the jail. ... read more >
In 1975 inmates at the San Juan District Jail in Puerto Rico filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 alleging violations of the Fourteenth Amendment on the part of the jail administrators due to inadequate conditions of the jail. The Court consolidated the case into a class action shortly thereafter. Plaintiffs, who were represented by private counsel, sought permanent and injunctive relief. After conducting its own investigation and finding that conditions were in fact violative of inmates' constitutional rights, the Court (Judge Juan Torruella) found for the plaintiffs, ordering permanent injunctive relief with respect to the administration of the jail and the cessation of operation of the jail after August 1, 1976, and attorneys' fees. Martinez Rodriguez v. Jimenez, 409 F.Supp. 582 (D. P.R. 1976).

The defendants appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, requesting a stay of portions of the District Court order pertaining to the administration of the jail. The First Circuit (per curiam) denied the stay, finding that appellants failed to fulfill the legal standards necessary to entitle them to such a grant. Martinez Rodriguez v. Jimenez, 537 F.2d 1 (1st Cir. 1976). The defendants also appealed the District Court's grant of attorneys' fees to plaintiffs. The First Circuit (Judge Martin Donald Van Oosterhout) affirmed the District Court's order for attorneys' fees, finding such award proper and not barred by the Eleventh Amendment. Martinez Rodriguez v. Jimenez, 551 F.2d 877 (1st Cir. 1977).

Rebecca Bloch - 03/24/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) San Juan District Jail
Plaintiff Description inmates at the San Juan District Jail in Puerto Rico
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 1976 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
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)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law 02/18/1976 (409 F.Supp. 582) (D.P.R.)
JC-PR-0001-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Opinion 06/03/1976 (537 F.2d 1)
JC-PR-0001-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Opinion 03/23/1977 (551 F.2d 877)
JC-PR-0001-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Campbell, John Archibald (SCOTUS)
JC-PR-0001-0002
Coffin, Frank Morey (First Circuit)
JC-PR-0001-0002
McEntee, Edward Matthew (First Circuit)
JC-PR-0001-0002
Torruella, Juan R. (First Circuit, D.P.R.)
JC-PR-0001-0001
Van Oosterhout, Martin Donald (Eighth Circuit)
JC-PR-0001-0003
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Aboy, Roberto Buso (Puerto Rico)
JC-PR-0001-0001 | JC-PR-0001-0002 | JC-PR-0001-0003
Feldstein, Stanley L. (Puerto Rico)
JC-PR-0001-0001 | JC-PR-0001-0002 | JC-PR-0001-0003
Perez-Bachs, Rafael (Puerto Rico)
JC-PR-0001-0001 | JC-PR-0001-0002 | JC-PR-0001-0003
Romo, Francisco Lopez (Puerto Rico)
JC-PR-0001-0001 | JC-PR-0001-0002 | JC-PR-0001-0003
Defendant's Lawyers Armstrong, Roberto Jr. (Puerto Rico)
JC-PR-0001-0003
Diaz, Arturo (Puerto Rico)
JC-PR-0001-0001
Orlandi, Candita R. (Puerto Rico)
JC-PR-0001-0002 | JC-PR-0001-0003
Rodon, Miriam Naveira De (Puerto Rico)
JC-PR-0001-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

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