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Case Name Campbell v. Cauthron JC-AR-0006
Docket / Court 78-1838 ( W.D. Ark. )
State/Territory Arkansas
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
In 1978, inmates at the Sebastian County jail filed a class action suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Eighth Amendment, alleging that their constitutional rights were violated by overcrowding and lack of exercise, inadequate diet, ... read more >
In 1978, inmates at the Sebastian County jail filed a class action suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Eighth Amendment, alleging that their constitutional rights were violated by overcrowding and lack of exercise, inadequate diet, forced exposure to religious witnessing, restricted visitation privileges, denial of access to newspapers, insufficient medical care, and inadequate security. The United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas (Judge Paul X. Williams) dismissed the class action.

The United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit (Judge Gerald William Heaney) partially reversed and remanded, holding that the jail was unconstitutionally overcrowded and that many prisoners are deprived of exercise. Additionally, the court held that the diet was deficient, and inmates were being unconstitutionally exposed to religious witnessing against their will. On the other issues the 8th Circuit affirmed the District Court. Campbell v. Cauthron, 623 F.2d 503 (8th Cir. 1980). The docket was not available on PACER, and, accordingly, we do not have further information on the case.

David Terry - 03/08/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Recreation / Exercise
Religious programs / policies
Sanitation / living conditions
Totality of conditions
Visiting
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, unspecified
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Sebastian County Jail
Plaintiff Description inmates at the Sebastian County Jail in Arkansas
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 1980 - 1980
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 05/29/1980 (623 F.2d 503)
JC-AR-0006-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Gibson, Floyd Robert (Eighth Circuit, W.D. Mo.)
JC-AR-0006-0001
Heaney, Gerald William (Eighth Circuit)
JC-AR-0006-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Horan, Matthew T. (Arkansas)
JC-AR-0006-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Fields, Ronald G. (Arkansas)
JC-AR-0006-0001
Porter, J. Lamar (Arkansas)
JC-AR-0006-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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