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Case Name Jones v. County Commn. Of Kanawha City JC-WV-0003
Docket / Court No. 17096 ( State Court )
State/Territory West Virginia
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
On July 17, 1986, the petitioner, sheriff of Kanawha County, filed a writ of mandamus in the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia seeking to compel the county commission to give him the supplies he needed to come into compliance with a May 7, 1986 settlement agreement. The settlement was the ... read more >
On July 17, 1986, the petitioner, sheriff of Kanawha County, filed a writ of mandamus in the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia seeking to compel the county commission to give him the supplies he needed to come into compliance with a May 7, 1986 settlement agreement. The settlement was the result of an action brought on March 14, 1986, by inmates of the county jail to improve conditions in the jail. Following the settlement agreement, the sheriff submitted a request to the County Commission for equipment and supplies, including washing machines, a copy machine, inmate clothing, security cameras and security doors.

The County responded to the mandamus filing by claiming that they had substantially fulfilled the sheriff's requests. The court concluded that substantial compliance with a non-discretionary duty, such as complying with a settlement agreement, was insufficient, and issued a moulded writ of mandamus. Jones v. The County Comm'n of Kanawha County, No. 17096,1986 W. Va. LEXIS 585 (W. Va. Dec. 18, 1986). The moulded writ did not include the security items that the sheriff had requested, as the court found that they were not required to fulfill the terms of the settlement agreement.

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Ben Kelly - 02/27/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
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Phone
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action None on record
Defendant(s) Kanawha County Commission
Plaintiff Description Sheriff of Kanawha County requesting equipment and supplies which he deemed necessary to bring the jail into compliance with a settlement with the inmates of the prison
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 Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement Confession of Judgment
Order Duration 1986 - 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)
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General Documents
Opinion 12/18/1986 (1986 W.Va.LEXIS 585)
JC-WV-0003-0002.pdf | LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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