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Case Name Vest v. Lubbock County JC-TX-0004
Docket / Court 76-53 ( N.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
In 1976, plaintiff filed a class action suit under section 1983 against the Lubbock County commissioner's court, county commissioners, county judge, county sheriff, and the Texan Commission on Jail Standards. The district court for the Northern District of Texas (Chief Judge Halbert Woodward) ... read more >
In 1976, plaintiff filed a class action suit under section 1983 against the Lubbock County commissioner's court, county commissioners, county judge, county sheriff, and the Texan Commission on Jail Standards. The district court for the Northern District of Texas (Chief Judge Halbert Woodward) consolidated several similar cases and certified plaintiffs' class. Before litigation began, the United States intervened. In 1977, the court held that defendants' actions violated inmates' constitutional rights and granted plaintiffs injunctive relief but denied plaintiffs monetary damages. The injunction addressed food services, security staffing, mail censorship, reading materials, telephone facilities, visitation rights, disciplinary procedures, classification, solitary confinement, and implementation of the injunctive relief. Vest v. Lubbock Co. Comm'r. Ct., 444 F. Supp 824 (N.D. Tex. 1977). According to the original docket, defendants continued to report to the court through 1978. In September of 1980, the court dismissed the case without prejudice due to a lack of activity, but just one month later, the court modified an order from 1977 regarding guard duty. We have the original (non-PACER) docket: it ends in October of 1980 and shows the case as closed.

Lauren Cutson - 05/26/2005


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Classification / placement
Counseling
Disciplinary procedures
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Law library access
Library (non-law) access
Mail
Phone
Visiting
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Lubbock County Jail Facility
Plaintiff Description inmates at the Lubbock 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 1976 - 1980
Case Closing Year 1980
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)
76-53 (N.D. Tex.) 10/28/1980
JC-TX-0004-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Memorandum 05/02/1977 (444 F.Supp. 824) (N.D. Tex.)
JC-TX-0004-0004 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Order of Dismissal 09/25/1980 (N.D. Tex.)
JC-TX-0004-0001 PDF | Detail
Order 10/28/1980 (N.D. Tex.)
JC-TX-0004-0002 PDF | Detail
Correspondence regarding proposed change in procedure 11/07/1980
JC-TX-0004-0003 PDF | Detail
Judges Woodward, Halbert Owen (N.D. Tex.)
JC-TX-0004-0001 | JC-TX-0004-0002 | JC-TX-0004-0003 | JC-TX-0004-0004 | JC-TX-0004-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Benson, Daniel H. (Texas)
JC-TX-0004-0004 | JC-TX-0004-9000
Goss, E. Warren (Texas)
JC-TX-0004-0004 | JC-TX-0004-9000
West, Tom (Texas)
JC-TX-0004-0004 | JC-TX-0004-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Boone, Jack (Texas)
JC-TX-0004-9000
Dibrell, Joe B. Jr. (Texas)
JC-TX-0004-0004 | JC-TX-0004-0004 | JC-TX-0004-9000
Faulks, Yvonne M. (Texas)
JC-TX-0004-0003
Griffin, Alton R. (Texas)
JC-TX-0004-0004 | JC-TX-0004-0004
McRoberts, Roger (Texas)
JC-TX-0004-0003 | JC-TX-0004-9000
Mighell, Kenneth J. (Texas)
JC-TX-0004-0003
Montford, John T. (Texas)
JC-TX-0004-9000
Pottinger, J. Stanley (District of Columbia)
JC-TX-0004-9000
White, Mark (Texas)
JC-TX-0004-9000
Other Lawyers Hackworth, William M. (District of Columbia)
JC-TX-0004-0004 | JC-TX-0004-0004
Queen, Jesse H. (District of Columbia)
JC-TX-0004-9000
Vanderhoff, David J.W. (District of Columbia)
JC-TX-0004-0004 | JC-TX-0004-0004 | JC-TX-0004-9000

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