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Case Name Jordan v. Wokle JC-WI-0004
Docket / Court 77-81 ( E.D. Wis. )
State/Territory Wisconsin
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
In 1977, plaintiffs filed a section 1983 suit and requested injunctive relief to expand their visitation opportunities, to prevent overcrowding, to improve medical conditions, and to expand recreational opportunities at the Milwaukee County jail. After two years of litigation, the district court ... read more >
In 1977, plaintiffs filed a section 1983 suit and requested injunctive relief to expand their visitation opportunities, to prevent overcrowding, to improve medical conditions, and to expand recreational opportunities at the Milwaukee County jail. After two years of litigation, the district court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin (Judge Myron L. Gordon) ordered a permanent injunction against the defendants, requiring them to expand visitation opportunities and to decrease the jail's population. The court dismissed plaintiffs' action regarding recreation, and the parties settled the issue of medical treatment. In 1979, the court granted plaintiffs' motion for attorney's fees. Plaintiffs' counsel was from Legal Action of Wisconsin. Jordan v. Wokle, 464 F. Supp. 173 (E.D. Wis. 1979). The docket for this case is not available on PACER, and therefore our information ends with the last reported decision in 1979

Lauren Cutson - 05/26/2005


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
General
Recreation / Exercise
Visiting
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Milwaukee County Jail
Plaintiff Description Pretrial detainees at county jail challenging the conditions of their confinement
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 Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 1979 - 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
Decision and Order 01/08/1979 (464 F.Supp. 173) (E.D. Wis.)
JC-WI-0004-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Gordon, Myron L. (E.D. Wis.)
JC-WI-0004-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Edgar, George D. (Wisconsin)
JC-WI-0004-0001
McMahon, Patricia D. (Wisconsin)
JC-WI-0004-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Pagel, Gerald G. (Wisconsin)
JC-WI-0004-0001
Russell, Robert P. (Wisconsin)
JC-WI-0004-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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