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Case Name Mickens v. Winston JC-VA-0006
Docket / Court 76-429 ( E.D. Va. )
State/Territory Virginia
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
An inmate at the Richmond City Jail in Virginia filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Virginia Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The plaintiff alleged that his constitutional rights had been violated by racial ... read more >
An inmate at the Richmond City Jail in Virginia filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Virginia Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The plaintiff alleged that his constitutional rights had been violated by racial discrimination in the jail's classification procedures.

On December 26, 1976, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (Judge Robert Merhige) held that the plaintiff's rights had been violated by racial discrimination in the jail's classification procedures and awarded the plaintiff $250 in compensatory damages. Mickens v. Winston, 462 F.Supp. 910 (E.D.Va. 1978). The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed. Mickens v. Winston, 609 F.2d 508 (4th Cir. 1979). We have no further information in the proceedings in this case.

Kristen Sagar - 04/14/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
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Classification / placement
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Virginia Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description City jail inmate alleging racial segregation of jail
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Damages
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 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
Memorandum 12/26/1978 (462 F.Supp. 910) (E.D. Va.)
JC-VA-0006-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Reported Opinion 09/26/1979 (609 F.2d 508)
JC-VA-0006-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Judges Merhige, Robert Reynold Jr. (E.D. Va.)
JC-VA-0006-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers Hopper, James Walter (Virginia)
JC-VA-0006-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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