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Case Name Kersh v. Board of County Commissioners JC-WY-0001
Docket / Court 89-1027 ( D. Wyo. )
State/Territory Wyoming
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
In 1989, plaintiffs filed suit seeking declaratory and injunctive relief from unconstitutional conditions of confinement in the Natrona County Jail. In 1990, the district court for the District of Wyoming (Judge Alan B. Johnson) entered a consent decree, enjoining defendants from violating inmates' ... read more >
In 1989, plaintiffs filed suit seeking declaratory and injunctive relief from unconstitutional conditions of confinement in the Natrona County Jail. In 1990, the district court for the District of Wyoming (Judge Alan B. Johnson) entered a consent decree, enjoining defendants from violating inmates' rights under the Eighth Amendment with respect to overcrowding, staffing, and recreation. In 1992, plaintiffs filed a motion seeking to hold the county in contempt of the consent decree, which resulted in a settlement. One year later, plaintiffs filed another contempt motion, and plaintiffs prevailed. Litigation concerning plaintiffs' attorney's fees continued in 1994, whereby plaintiffs' counsel, attorneys from the ACLU, were awarded over $40,000 in attorney's fees. Kersh v. Bd. of Co. Comm'rs of Natrona Co., 851 F. Supp. 1541 (D. Wyo. 1994). 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
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
General
Recreation / Exercise
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Natrona County Jail
Plaintiff Description Inmates alleging unconstitutional conditions of confinement in the Natrona County Jail
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Unknown
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 1990 - 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
Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law and Order 03/07/1994 (851 F.Supp. 1541) (D. Wyo.)
JC-WY-0001-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Johnson, Alan Bond (D. Wyo.) [Magistrate]
JC-WY-0001-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Blythe, Daniel G. (Wyoming)
JC-WY-0001-0001
Pevar, Stephen L. (Colorado)
JC-WY-0001-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Easton, Eric (Wyoming)
JC-WY-0001-0001 | JC-WY-0001-0001
Rochelle, Ann (Wyoming)
JC-WY-0001-0001 | JC-WY-0001-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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