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Case Name N.J. v. Passaic Co. Board of Chosen Free Holders of P.H. JI-NJ-0001
Docket / Court L8669-78 ( State Court )
State/Territory New Jersey
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Case Summary
On October 26, 1978, the Department of the Public Advocate of the Office of the New Jersey Public Defender filed suit in the Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division - Passaic County, challenging the overcrowded conditions at the Passaic County Detention Center.

Following a hearing on ... read more >
On October 26, 1978, the Department of the Public Advocate of the Office of the New Jersey Public Defender filed suit in the Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division - Passaic County, challenging the overcrowded conditions at the Passaic County Detention Center.

Following a hearing on November 20, 1978, the Superior Court (Judge Charles Joelson) issued an Order dated December 11, 1978, containing its findings of fact and conclusions of law. The Order cited numerous structural deficiencies and hazards the Court found existed at the Passaic County Detention Center. The Court ruled that defendants were permitted to operate the Detention Center only on a temporary basis while certain remedial measures were undertaken. Those measures included the presentation of a plan to the Court to either renovate and expand the current facility or to construct a new and larger facility.

On July 16, 1982, the Court held a hearing on plaintiffs' motion to compel compliance with the Court's December 11, 1978 order. As our records are incomplete, it is not clear what the outcome was.

We have no further information on this case.

Dan Dalton - 02/26/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Plaintiff Type
State Plaintiff
Causes of Action State law
Defendant(s) Passaic County Youth Detention Center
Plaintiff Description State of New Jersey on behalf of juvenile inmates in New Jersey alleging overcrowding in the jails
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Unknown
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 1978 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Order 10/19/1978
JI-NJ-0001-0006.pdf | Detail
Order 10/20/1978
JI-NJ-0001-0001.pdf | Detail
Civil Action Verified Complaint 10/24/1978
JI-NJ-0001-0002.pdf | Detail
Order 12/12/1978
JI-NJ-0001-0003.pdf | Detail
Order (draft) 01/01/1982
JI-NJ-0001-0004.pdf | Detail
Affidavit in Support of Litigant's Rights 06/24/1982
JI-NJ-0001-0007.pdf | Detail
Notice of Motion for an Order in Aid of Litigant's Rights 06/29/1982
JI-NJ-0001-0005.pdf | Detail
Judges Joelson, Charles S. (State Trial Court)
JI-NJ-0001-0001 | JI-NJ-0001-0003 | JI-NJ-0001-0006
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bizub, William J. (New Jersey)
JI-NJ-0001-0002 | JI-NJ-0001-0003
Van Ness, Stanley C. (New Jersey)
JI-NJ-0001-0005
Zamrin, Steven (New Jersey)
JI-NJ-0001-0005
Defendant's Lawyers Gellene, Leo (New Jersey)
JI-NJ-0001-0003 | JI-NJ-0001-0006
Other Lawyers Ballai, Elaine W. (New Jersey)
JI-NJ-0001-0003 | JI-NJ-0001-0006
Humphreys, Burrell Ives (New Jersey)
JI-NJ-0001-0003

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