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Case Name Castillo v. Cameron County, TX JC-TX-0005
Docket / Court 93-260 ( S.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
In 1993, plaintiffs in Cameron County Jail brought a section 1983 class action suit against the county alleging that the overcrowded conditions in the jail amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. The district court for the Southern District of Texas (Judge John William Black) certified ... read more >
In 1993, plaintiffs in Cameron County Jail brought a section 1983 class action suit against the county alleging that the overcrowded conditions in the jail amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. The district court for the Southern District of Texas (Judge John William Black) certified plaintiffs' class and allowed the county to implead the State of Texas as a third-party defendant because the state failed to transfer ""paper ready"" inmates to state correctional facilities. In 1994, the court entered an injunction requiring the state to remove state-ready felons from the county jail and requiring the county to implement a plan to reduce population levels and submit progress reports to the court. The court subsequently amended the injunction to ensure further population reduction at the jail. In 1999, the court dismissed the state as a party pursuant to the 1996 Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) but denied the state's motion to terminate the 1994 injunction. The state appealed, and the Fifth Circuit vacated the district court's 1999 order and remanded the case for further proceedings to ensure compliance with PLRA. Castillo v. Cameron Co., 238 F.3d 339 (5th Cir. 2001). According to the docket from PACER, Cameron County won a motion for summary judgment in 2002, and the court closed the case. We have several documents from this case from PACER, including the complaint, amended complaint, third-party complaint, orders, final judgment, and releases of all claims. More documents are available via PACER.

Lauren Cutson - 05/26/2005


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Pre-PLRA Population Cap
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Cameron County Jail
Plaintiff Description inmates in the Cameron 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 1994 - 2002
Case Closing Year 2002
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)
93-260 (S.D. Tex.) 04/26/2002
JC-TX-0005-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 12/10/1993
JC-TX-0005-0002.pdf | Detail
Third Party Complaint 01/12/1994
JC-TX-0005-0003.pdf | Detail
First Amended Complaint 01/21/1994
JC-TX-0005-0004.pdf | Detail
Memorandum Decision and Order 09/14/1994 (S.D. Tex.)
JC-TX-0005-0005.pdf | Detail
Amended Temporary Interlocutory Order 10/02/1997 (S.D. Tex.)
JC-TX-0005-0012.pdf | Detail
Stipulation of Facts and Affidavit of Captain Luis Esparza 07/29/1999
JC-TX-0005-0006.pdf | Detail
Reported Opinion 01/05/2001 (238 F.3d 339)
JC-TX-0005-0015.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Final Judgment and Permanent Injunction 06/29/2001 (S.D. Tex.)
JC-TX-0005-0007.pdf | Detail
Judgment Nunc Tunc 08/17/2001 (S.D. Tex.)
JC-TX-0005-0008.pdf | Detail
Complete Release of All Claims 04/26/2002
JC-TX-0005-0009.pdf | Detail
Complete Release of All Claims 04/26/2002
JC-TX-0005-0010.pdf | Detail
Judges Black, John William (S.D. Tex.) [Magistrate]
JC-TX-0005-0005 | JC-TX-0005-0007 | JC-TX-0005-0008 | JC-TX-0005-0012 | JC-TX-0005-9000
Furgeson, William Royal Jr. (W.D. Tex.)
JC-TX-0005-0015
King, Carolyn Dineen (Fifth Circuit)
JC-TX-0005-0015
Parker, Robert Manley (E.D. Tex., Fifth Circuit)
JC-TX-0005-0015
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Cowen, Michael R. (Texas)
JC-TX-0005-0006 | JC-TX-0005-0009 | JC-TX-0005-0015 | JC-TX-0005-9000
Livesay, Keith Clark (Texas)
JC-TX-0005-0015
Martinez, Juan Jose (Texas)
JC-TX-0005-0002 | JC-TX-0005-0004 | JC-TX-0005-0010
Mendoza, Robert Hernandez (Texas)
JC-TX-0005-0002 | JC-TX-0005-0004 | JC-TX-0005-9000
Stapleton, Ed (Texas)
JC-TX-0005-0002 | JC-TX-0005-0004
White, Carter C. (Texas)
JC-TX-0005-0002 | JC-TX-0005-0004
Defendant's Lawyers Burst, Richard Otto (Texas)
JC-TX-0005-0003 | JC-TX-0005-0006 | JC-TX-0005-0015 | JC-TX-0005-9000
Coleman, Gregory Scott (Texas)
JC-TX-0005-0015
Felfe, Sharon (Texas)
JC-TX-0005-9000
Jeffries, Dylbia L. (Texas)
JC-TX-0005-0015 | JC-TX-0005-9000
Lionberger, Philip Andrew (Texas)
JC-TX-0005-0015 | JC-TX-0005-9000
Maeso, Daniel E. (Texas)
JC-TX-0005-0015 | JC-TX-0005-9000
Saenz, Luis V. (Texas)
JC-TX-0005-0003
Other Lawyers None on record

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