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Case Name Miller v. Carson JC-FL-0006
Docket / Court 74-382 ( M.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
In 1974, plaintiffs filed a class action suit pro se against the Sheriff of Duval County and others challenging conditions at the jail. In 1975, the district court for the Middle District of Florida (Judge Charles R. Scott) enjoined defendants from continuing to violate plaintiffs' constitutional ... read more >
In 1974, plaintiffs filed a class action suit pro se against the Sheriff of Duval County and others challenging conditions at the jail. In 1975, the district court for the Middle District of Florida (Judge Charles R. Scott) enjoined defendants from continuing to violate plaintiffs' constitutional rights and awarded plaintiffs attorney's fees. Defendants moved for relief from the injunction, and the court modified the injunction with respect to compliance with fire codes, treatment of juveniles, outdoor recreation. Miller v. Carson, 392 F. Supp. 515 (M.D. Fla. 1975). A few months later, the district court held defendants in contempt and ordered defendants to show cause why the jail should not be closed. Defendants appealed. Miller v. Carson, 401 F. Supp. 835 (M.D. Fla. 1975).On appeal, the Fifth Circuit essentially affirmed the district court's judgment with a few minor modifications and remanded the issue of attorney's fees. Miller v. Carson, 563 F.2d 741 (5th Cir. 1977). On remand, the district court ordered defendants to pay plaintiffs' attorney's fees, and the Fifth Circuit affirmed. Miller v. Carson, 628 F.2d 346 (5th Cir. 1980). According to the PACER docket, the court vacated all consent orders and permanent injunctions in 1994 after determining that defendants had a constitutionally adequate system for housing members of plaintiffs' class and had purged themselves of any contempt.

Lauren Cutson - 05/25/2005


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Totality of conditions
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Duval County
Plaintiff Description Inmates of the Jail in Duval County, Florida
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
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 1974 - 1994
Case Closing Year 1994
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)
74-382-Civ-J-S (M.D. Fla.) 10/15/2001
JC-FL-0006-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Reported opinion 02/25/1975 (392 F.Supp. 515) (M.D. Fla.)
JC-FL-0006-0004 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Order to Show Cause 07/17/1975 (401 F.Supp. 835) (M.D. Fla.)
JC-FL-0006-0003 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Reported Opinion 11/23/1977 (563 F.2d 741)
JC-FL-0006-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Opinion 10/14/1980 (628 F.2d 346)
JC-FL-0006-0002 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Hodges, William Terrell (M.D. Fla.)
JC-FL-0006-9000
Scott, Charles Ray (M.D. Fla.)
JC-FL-0006-0003 | JC-FL-0006-0004
Vance, Robert Smith (Eleventh Circuit, Fifth Circuit)
JC-FL-0006-0002
Wisdom, John Minor (Fifth Circuit)
JC-FL-0006-0001
Monitors/Masters Miller, Gerome G. (Virginia)
JC-FL-0006-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Sheppard, William J. (Florida)
JC-FL-0006-0001 | JC-FL-0006-0002 | JC-FL-0006-0003 | JC-FL-0006-0004 | JC-FL-0006-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Allen, William Lee (Florida)
JC-FL-0006-0001 | JC-FL-0006-0002 | JC-FL-0006-0002 | JC-FL-0006-0003
Briggs, John L. (Florida)
JC-FL-0006-0004
Coalson, William L. (Florida)
JC-FL-0006-0001 | JC-FL-0006-0002 | JC-FL-0006-0003 | JC-FL-0006-0004
Gearey, Raymond W. (Florida)
JC-FL-0006-0003 | JC-FL-0006-0004
Page, Bruce Dean Sr. (Florida)
JC-FL-0006-9000
Parker, Julius F. (Florida)
JC-FL-0006-0003
Schneider, Gerald (Florida)
JC-FL-0006-0003
Shevin, Robert L. (Florida)
JC-FL-0006-0001 | JC-FL-0006-0002
Shorstein, Harry L. (Florida)
JC-FL-0006-0001 | JC-FL-0006-0002
Stinson, Donna H. (Florida)
JC-FL-0006-0001 | JC-FL-0006-0002 | JC-FL-0006-0003
Other Lawyers Lembeke, Charles B. (Florida)
JC-FL-0006-0003
Pritchard, Laurence C. (Florida)
JC-FL-0006-0003

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