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Case Name Arias v. Wainwright JC-FL-0001
Docket / Court TCA 79-0792 ( N.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Attorney Organization ACLU National (all projects)
ACLU National Prison Project
Case Summary
On March 23, 1979, prisoners in Florida's county jails filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Florida against the Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections. The class consisted of all persons who were or would be confined in the ... read more >
On March 23, 1979, prisoners in Florida's county jails filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Florida against the Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections. The class consisted of all persons who were or would be confined in the county jails. Southern Legal Counsel, the Florida Justice Institute, the ACLU National Prison Project, and private counsel represented the class. The plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief, alleging that the defendant failed to carry out his duty to promulgate and maintain minimum constitutional standards in the county jails. The plaintiffs further alleged that the conditions at the county jails constituted cruel and unusual punishment, and violated the constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process.

According to the complaint the plaintiffs were subjected to continuous cell confinement, denial of adequate recreation, arbitrary restrictions on visitation and correspondence, inadequate and unsanitary living conditions, arbitrary and cruel discipline, and the risk of inmate-on-inmate violence. The plaintiffs also complained that they were denied access to the courts, work, education, and rehabilitative opportunities.

In 1981, the defendant, the Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections, filed a lawsuit in Florida State Court against Monroe County, the Monroe County Sheriff, and the county commissioners, who were responsible for the operation and maintenance of the county jails. The Department of Corrections sought injunctive relief, alleging that Monroe County failed to operate and manage the Monroe County Jail in compliance with state law.

After negotiation, the parties reached an agreement on June 12, 1981. The Stipulation and Agreement was signed and dated by the District Court (Magistrate Judge Crongeyer) on July 9, 1981. The agreement resolved the disputes between the parties regarding the duty of the defendant to conduct adequate jail inspections, and the duty of the defendant to take effective action to enforce the rules and regulations governing the maintenance and operation of Florida jails. The stipulated agreement did not address the sufficiency of the rules and regulations that were in place. The agreement further provided that the action be dismissed with prejudice. The District Court (Judge William Stafford), in compliance with the agreement, dismissed the action on December 21, 1981. The court retained jurisdiction for the purpose of enforcement and execution of the agreement.

Although the Governor of Florida was not a party to the action, the parties sought the governor's endorsement of the agreement. The governor, however, refused his endorsement.

We have no further information on this case. Thus, it appears to be closed.

Kaitlin Corkran - 06/13/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Assault/abuse by residents/inmates/students
Disciplinary procedures
Education
Law library access
Mail
Phone
Recreation / Exercise
Sanitation / living conditions
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) County and Municipal Jails (statewide)
Florida State Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description All persons who were or would be confined in Florida's county jails.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU National (all projects)
ACLU National Prison Project
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1981 - 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
Complaint 03/23/1979
JC-FL-0001-0001.pdf | Detail
Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief (Class Action) 03/23/1979
JC-FL-0001-0002.pdf | Detail
Amended Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief (Class Action) 04/12/1979
JC-FL-0001-0003.pdf | Detail
Order 04/18/1979 (N.D. Fla.)
JC-FL-0001-0008.pdf | Detail
Letter w/Stipulation 06/03/1981
JC-FL-0001-0019.pdf | Detail
Stipulation and Agreement of Partial Settlement 06/12/1981 (N.D. Fla.)
JC-FL-0001-0011.pdf | Detail
Letter/Amended Page of Stipulation and Agreement 07/10/1981
JC-FL-0001-0017.pdf | Detail
Letter 07/28/1981
JC-FL-0001-0018.pdf | Detail
Notice of Amendment to Stipulation and Agreement of Partial Settlementt 08/05/1981
JC-FL-0001-0013.pdf | Detail
Plaintiffs' Memorandum in Response to Class Members' Comments and Objections to the Proposed Stipulation and Agreement of Partial Settlement 09/18/1981
JC-FL-0001-0020.pdf | Detail
Order 12/21/1981 (N.D. Fla.)
JC-FL-0001-0015.pdf | Detail
Judges Crongeyer, Robert L. Jr. (M.D. Fla.) [Magistrate]
JC-FL-0001-0008
Stafford, William Henry Jr. (N.D. Fla., FISC)
JC-FL-0001-0015
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Berg, Randall Challen Jr. (Florida)
JC-FL-0001-0020
Bregman, Lynn (District of Columbia)
JC-FL-0001-0002 | JC-FL-0001-0003 | JC-FL-0001-0011 | JC-FL-0001-0013 | JC-FL-0001-0020
Bronstein, Alvin J. (District of Columbia)
JC-FL-0001-0011 | JC-FL-0001-0013
Hadeed, Albert J. (Florida)
JC-FL-0001-0002 | JC-FL-0001-0003 | JC-FL-0001-0011 | JC-FL-0001-0013 | JC-FL-0001-0020
Killory, Joseph E. (District of Columbia)
JC-FL-0001-0011 | JC-FL-0001-0013 | JC-FL-0001-0020
Knowles, Ralph I. Jr. (Georgia)
JC-FL-0001-0002 | JC-FL-0001-0003
Mathews, Arthur F. (District of Columbia)
JC-FL-0001-0002 | JC-FL-0001-0003 | JC-FL-0001-0011 | JC-FL-0001-0013 | JC-FL-0001-0020
Ney, Steven (Maryland)
JC-FL-0001-0002 | JC-FL-0001-0003 | JC-FL-0001-0011 | JC-FL-0001-0020
Petrey, Roderick N. (Florida)
JC-FL-0001-0002 | JC-FL-0001-0003 | JC-FL-0001-0011 | JC-FL-0001-0013
Sheppard, William J. (Florida)
JC-FL-0001-0002 | JC-FL-0001-0003 | JC-FL-0001-0011 | JC-FL-0001-0013 | JC-FL-0001-0017 | JC-FL-0001-0018 | JC-FL-0001-0020
Taylor, Stuart S. Jr. (District of Columbia)
JC-FL-0001-0002 | JC-FL-0001-0003
Defendant's Lawyers Franks, Mitchell D. (Florida)
JC-FL-0001-0001
McKenzie, Sydney H. III (Florida)
JC-FL-0001-0011
Peters, James Allen (Florida)
JC-FL-0001-0001 | JC-FL-0001-0011 | JC-FL-0001-0013 | JC-FL-0001-0017 | JC-FL-0001-0019
Smith, Jim (Florida)
JC-FL-0001-0001 | JC-FL-0001-0011 | JC-FL-0001-0013
Other Lawyers None on record

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