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Case Name Orndorff v. Jefferson County JC-WA-0002
Docket / Court 02-05096 ( W.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
On February 25, 2002, an inmate at the Jefferson County Jail in Port Hadlock, Washington, brought a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington against Jefferson County and corrections officials alleging inadequate health care, ... read more >
On February 25, 2002, an inmate at the Jefferson County Jail in Port Hadlock, Washington, brought a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington against Jefferson County and corrections officials alleging inadequate health care, access to courts, staffing and unsanitary conditions. The inmates were represented by the American Civil Liberties Union. On August 22, 2002, the court certified the class as all current or future persons incarcerated in the Jefferson County Jail. The parties entered into a settlement agreement in which the defendants agreed to seek mental health accreditation for the jail, maintain the temperature in the jail within a mandated range, ensure inmates receive adequate hygiene supplies, offer recreation to inmates at least one hour per day seven days per week, fix and maintain the plumbing, provide personal storage for each inmate, prepare fire preparedness plans, maintain a log for use of the crisis cell and use of force, revise grievance and medical request forms, and prohibit jail staff from reading inmate mail. On January 27, 2004, after a fairness hearing the court (Judge Ronald Leighton) approved the settlement agreement and dismissed the case.

Jaclyn Adams - 04/05/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Disciplinary procedures
Recreation / Exercise
Sanitation / living conditions
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Totality of conditions
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Jefferson County
Plaintiff Description inmates at the Jefferson County Jail in Port Hadlock, Washington
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2004 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2004
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)
02-05096 (W.D. Wash.) 03/10/2005
JC-WA-0002-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint- Class Action 02/25/2002
JC-WA-0002-0001 PDF | Detail
Settlement Agreement 10/06/2003
JC-WA-0002-0002 PDF | Detail
Order Approving Settlment Agreement and Dismissing Litigation 01/27/2004 (W.D. Wash.)
JC-WA-0002-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Court Approves Settlement of ACLU Lawsuit to Improve Conditions at County Jail in Washington State 01/28/2004
JC-WA-0002-0004 PDF | External Link | Detail
Judges Leighton, Ronald B. (W.D. Wash.)
JC-WA-0002-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Caplan, Aaron H. (Washington)
JC-WA-0002-0001 | JC-WA-0002-0002 | JC-WA-0002-0003 | JC-WA-0002-9000
Fathi, David Cyrus (District of Columbia)
JC-WA-0002-0001 | JC-WA-0002-0002 | JC-WA-0002-0003 | JC-WA-0002-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Payne, Jon A. (Washington)
JC-WA-0002-0002 | JC-WA-0002-0003 | JC-WA-0002-9000
Silke, David W. (Washington)
JC-WA-0002-0002 | JC-WA-0002-0003 | JC-WA-0002-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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