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Case Name Jacobs v. Britton PC-AL-0008
Docket / Court 78-309-H ( S.D. Ala. )
State/Territory Alabama
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On February 22, 1980, the parties to this lawsuit entered into a consent decree that was approved by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama. On July 1, 1997, the Alabama Department of Corrections (defendants) asked the court to terminate the consent decree pursuant to the ... read more >
On February 22, 1980, the parties to this lawsuit entered into a consent decree that was approved by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama. On July 1, 1997, the Alabama Department of Corrections (defendants) asked the court to terminate the consent decree pursuant to the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA), 18 U.S.C. §3626(b)(2), which provides for termination of prospective relief in certain cases.

On July 8, 1997, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama (Judge William B. Hand) granted the defendant's request and terminated the consent decree. The plaintiffs asked the court to reconsider, arguing that the PLRA violated the separation-of-powers doctrine and was thus unconstitutional.

On July 24, 1997, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama (Judge Hand) ordered a temporary stay on the termination of the consent decree. On January 21, 1998, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama (Judge Hand) lifted the stay and reinstated the earlier decision to terminate the consent decree. The docket is not available on PACER, and we do not have any further information on the substance of this case.

Kristen Sagar - 06/19/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
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Totality of conditions
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Alabama Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description One or more prisoners in the custody of the Alabama Department of Corrections
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 1980 - 1998
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Civil Rights Injunctions Over Time: A Case Study of Jail and Prison Court Orders
N.Y.U. Law Review
By: Margo Schlanger (Washington University)
Citation: 81 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 550 (2006)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

  Judicial Policy Making and the Modern State: How the Courts Reformed America's Prisons
By: Malcolm M. Feeley & Edward Rubin (UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law & Vanderbilt School of Law Faculty)
Citation: (1998)
[ Detail ]

Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Order 01/21/1998 (S.D. Ala.)
PC-AL-0008-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges Howard, Alex T. Jr. (S.D. Ala.)
PC-AL-0008-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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