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Case Name Escamilla v. Santos JC-TX-0009
Docket / Court 78-1649 ( S.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
In 1974, inmates at the Webb County jail filed a section 1983 action against Webb County officials, alleging intolerable living conditions at the jail. After two years of litigation, the district court for the Southern District of Texas (Judge Robert O'Connor) entered a consent decree but denied ... read more >
In 1974, inmates at the Webb County jail filed a section 1983 action against Webb County officials, alleging intolerable living conditions at the jail. After two years of litigation, the district court for the Southern District of Texas (Judge Robert O'Connor) entered a consent decree but denied plaintiffs' motion for attorney's fees. A few months later, Congress passed the Civil Rights Attorney's Fees Award Act, and plaintiffs moved for reconsideration of their request for attorney's fees. The district court granted attorney's fees, but the Fifth Circuit reversed the decision in 1979. Escamilla v. Santos, 591 F. 3d 1086 (5th Cir. 1979). The docket for this case is not available on PACER, and the only reported decision we have on file concerns attorney's fees rather than the substantive terms of the consent decree.

Lauren Cutson - 05/26/2005


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
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Totality of conditions
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Webb County Jail
Plaintiff Description Prisoners of the Webb County jail alleging intolerable living conditions in the Webb County jail in violation of the eighth amendment
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted Unknown
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1976 - 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)
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Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Reported Opinion 03/22/1979 (591 F.2d 1086)
JC-TX-0009-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Godbold, John Cooper (Fifth Circuit, Eleventh Circuit)
JC-TX-0009-0001
Rubin, Alvin Benjamin (E.D. La., Fifth Circuit)
JC-TX-0009-0001
Thornberry, William Homer (W.D. Tex., Fifth Circuit)
JC-TX-0009-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers De Anda, Ricardo (Texas)
JC-TX-0009-0001
Rich, Paul D. (Texas)
JC-TX-0009-0001
Teran, Lee J. (Texas)
JC-TX-0009-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Morales, Richard G. Sr. (Texas)
JC-TX-0009-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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