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Case Name Bradley v. Haley PC-AL-0013
Docket / Court 2:92-cv-00070-WHA-CSC ( M.D. Ala. )
State/Territory Alabama
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Attorney Organization Southern Poverty Law Center
Case Summary
On January 15, 1992, a group of prisoners incarcerated in the Alabama Department of Corrections brought suit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama under 42 U.S.C. §1983 challenging the adequacy of mental health treatment provided by state prison officials. The plaintiffs, ... read more >
On January 15, 1992, a group of prisoners incarcerated in the Alabama Department of Corrections brought suit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama under 42 U.S.C. §1983 challenging the adequacy of mental health treatment provided by state prison officials. The plaintiffs, mentally ill prisoners, were represented by several private attorneys and the Southern Poverty Law Center. They were granted class certification on September 15, 1993. The case was later referred to mediation.

The District Court (Judge W. Harold Albritton III) approved a settlement agreement on September 28, 2000. The settlement agreement established a schedule for implementing various improvements for mental health treatment. James Quigley, Alabama DOC Settles Mental Health Class Action, Prison Legal News, July 2003, at 29. The improvements included comprehensive mental health policies, procedures and program manuals; bed space increases and mental health facility renovations, staff increases and training; and a requirement of National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) accreditation by April 2002. The agreement also appointed Jane Haddad to facilitate the implementation of the agreement and to oversee its compliance. The case was closed on June 27, 2001.

Tom Madison - 03/27/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
General
Counseling
Sanitation / living conditions
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Medical/Mental Health
Intellectual disability/mental illness dual diagnosis
Mental health care, general
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Alabama Department of Corrections
Kilby Correctional Center
Plaintiff Description All acutely and severely mentally ill inmates who are presently incarcerated at the Kilby Correctional Facility or who will be incarcerated there in the future
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Southern Poverty Law Center
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
Order Duration 2000 - 2005
Case Closing Year 2003
Case Ongoing No
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)
92-70 (M.D. Ala.) 05/21/2003
PC-AL-0013-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Expert Report Mental Health Care in the Alabama Department of Corrections Bradley v. Hightower
PC-AL-0013-0002 PDF | Detail
Order [Re: Class Certification] 09/15/1993 (151 F.R.D. 422) (M.D. Ala.)
PC-AL-0013-0005 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Settlement Agreement 09/28/2000
PC-AL-0013-0004 PDF | Detail
Joint Modification to Settlement Agreement 05/21/2003
PC-AL-0013-0003 PDF | Detail
Alabama Department of Corrections Improvements in Mental Health Services for Inmates 12/12/2003
PC-AL-0013-0001 PDF | Detail
Judges Albritton, William Harold III (M.D. Ala.)
PC-AL-0013-0005 | PC-AL-0013-9000
Coody, Charles S. (M.D. Ala.) [Magistrate]
PC-AL-0013-9000
Monitors/Masters Haddad, Jane (Virginia)
PC-AL-0013-0001 | PC-AL-0013-0002
Plaintiff's Lawyers Brownstein, Rhonda C. (Alabama)
PC-AL-0013-0003 | PC-AL-0013-0004 | PC-AL-0013-9000
Cohen, J. Richard (Alabama)
PC-AL-0013-9000
Dawson, William Monroe Jr. (Alabama)
PC-AL-0013-0005 | PC-AL-0013-9000
Gear, Gayle H. (Alabama)
PC-AL-0013-0004 | PC-AL-0013-0005 | PC-AL-0013-9000
Harrington, Kathryn Sumrall (Alabama)
PC-AL-0013-9000
Hosp, Edward Andrew (Alabama)
PC-AL-0013-0004 | PC-AL-0013-9000
Hubertz, Elizabeth J. (Illinois)
PC-AL-0013-9000
James, Jennifer R. (Alabama)
PC-AL-0013-9000
Kleinberg, Elizabeth A. (Alabama)
PC-AL-0013-9000
North, William Richard (Alabama)
PC-AL-0013-9000
Sumners, Pamela Lauren (Illinois)
PC-AL-0013-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Boswell, Alice Ann (Alabama)
PC-AL-0013-0005
Byrne, Alice Ann (Alabama)
PC-AL-0013-9000
Byrne, David Bryson Jr. (Alabama)
PC-AL-0013-0005 | PC-AL-0013-9000
Davenport, Ronald G. (Alabama)
PC-AL-0013-9000
Huffaker, R. Austin Jr. (Alabama)
PC-AL-0013-9000
Kellum, Julia Elizabeth (Alabama)
PC-AL-0013-0005 | PC-AL-0013-9000
Leonard, Ellen Ruth (Alabama)
PC-AL-0013-9000
Lyles, Harry A. (Alabama)
PC-AL-0013-0005 | PC-AL-0013-9000
Northcutt, Robert F. (Alabama)
PC-AL-0013-9000
Pryor, William Holcombe Jr. (Alabama)
PC-AL-0013-0004 | PC-AL-0013-9000
Redd, Andrew Weldon (Alabama)
PC-AL-0013-0003 | PC-AL-0013-0004 | PC-AL-0013-9000
Trawick, Gary R. (Alabama)
PC-AL-0013-0005 | PC-AL-0013-9000
Westry, Milton J. (Alabama)
PC-AL-0013-9000
Wilson, James Eldon (Alabama)
PC-AL-0013-0004 | PC-AL-0013-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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