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Case Name Osborn v. Manson JC-CT-0001
Docket / Court 15755 ( D. Conn. )
State/Territory Connecticut
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
Five pretrial inmates of the New Haven Correctional Center in Connecticut filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Connecticut Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. The plaintiffs alleged that their constitutional rights had been ... read more >
Five pretrial inmates of the New Haven Correctional Center in Connecticut filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Connecticut Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. The plaintiffs alleged that their constitutional rights had been violated by the length of their confinement and by conditions of their confinement in administrative segregation cells which had no running water and only covered buckets which were infrequently emptied, and by the fact that the prisoners had no opportunity for exercise other than to walk up and down two flights of stairs twice a day to wash and empty their buckets.

On May 31, 1973, the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut (Judge Jon Newman) denied the plaintiffs' request for damages, but granted declaratory and injunctive relief, holding that the conditions of confinement highlighted by the plaintiffs constituted cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Constitution. Osborn v. Manson, 359 F.Supp. 1107 (D.Conn. 1973). We have no further information on the proceedings.

Kristen Sagar - 03/23/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Administrative segregation
Bathing and hygiene
Recreation / Exercise
Sanitation / living conditions
Totality of conditions
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Connecticut Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description Five prisoners held in state correctional institution challenging conditions and length of confinement
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 None on record
Order Duration 1973 - 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)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ]

Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Memorandum of Decision 05/31/1973 (359 F.Supp. 1107) (D. Conn.)
JC-CT-0001-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Newman, Jon Ormond (D. Conn., Second Circuit)
JC-CT-0001-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Clendenen, William H. Jr. (Connecticut)
JC-CT-0001-0001
Lesser, David M. (Connecticut)
JC-CT-0001-0001
Defendant's Lawyers O'Neill, Stephen J. (Connecticut)
JC-CT-0001-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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