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Case Name York v. County of El Dorado JC-CA-0011
Docket / Court 90-833 ( E.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection California Jail Population Caps
Post-PLRA Jail and Prison Private Settlement Agreements
Attorney Organization Hadsell, Stormer & Renick
Prisoners Rights Union
Case Summary
Inmates at the El Dorado and South Lake Tahoe jails filed a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 class action lawsuit against county officials in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California on June 28, 1990. The case was originally assigned to Judge John F. Moulds, but was refereed to Magistrate ... read more >
Inmates at the El Dorado and South Lake Tahoe jails filed a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 class action lawsuit against county officials in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California on June 28, 1990. The case was originally assigned to Judge John F. Moulds, but was refereed to Magistrate Judge Gregory G. Hollows for settlement purposes. Plaintiffs were represented by the Prisoner Rights Union.

The case settled at conference, including a limitation on the population of both the Placerville and South Lake Tahoe jails. The stipulation and order of settlement was signed December 17, 1993. It expressly reflected that the case was to be dismissed with prejudice upon approval of the settlement and contained no provision for the retention of jurisdiction by the district court for enforcement purposes. The final judgment of dismissal was entered on January 18, 1994.

After the final judgment of dismissal, the defendant County asked the court to terminate the injunctive relief agreed to by the parties for the primary purpose of avoiding the jail population cap applicable to the South Lake Tahoe jail. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California (Judge Gregory G. Hollows) held that it did not have jurisdiction to enter the order under the Prison Litigation Reform Act or under Fed. R. Civ. P. 60(b) because the case was dismissed with prejudice and the court had not retained jurisdiction to do anything else in the case. York v. Cnty. of El Dorado, 119 F. Supp. 2d 1106 (E.D. Cal. 2000).

Kristen Sagar - 02/19/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Pre-PLRA Population Cap
General
Totality of conditions
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) El Dorado County
South Lake Tahoe Jail
Plaintiff Description Inmates at the El Dorado and South Lake Tahoe jails
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Hadsell, Stormer & Renick
Prisoners Rights Union
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
Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration 1993 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
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)
90-CV-00833-GGH (E.D. Cal.) 10/13/2000
JC-CA-0011-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order [Denying Defendant's Motion to Terminate Settlement] 10/16/2000 (119 F.Supp.2d 1106) (E.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0011-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Hollows, Gregory G. (E.D. Cal.) [Magistrate]
JC-CA-0011-0001 | JC-CA-0011-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Comiskey, Paul Wayne (California)
JC-CA-0011-9000
Derevan, Richard (California)
JC-CA-0011-9000
Herman, Richard P. (California)
JC-CA-0011-9000
Persons, Paul Turner (California)
JC-CA-0011-9000
Stormer, Dan Lewis (California)
JC-CA-0011-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Hagar, John H. Jr. (California)
JC-CA-0011-9000
Reiner, Valentina (California)
JC-CA-0011-9000
Whittington, David Edward (California)
JC-CA-0011-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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