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Case Name Gaddis v. Campbell PC-AL-0015
Docket / Court 03-390 ( M.D. Ala. )
State/Territory Alabama
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Special Collection Post-PLRA Jail and Prison Private Settlement Agreements
Attorney Organization Southern Poverty Law Center
Case Summary
On April 9, 2003, diabetic inmates in the Alabama Prison System filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. §1983 against the Alabama Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. The plaintiffs, represented by the Southern Poverty Law Center, ... read more >
On April 9, 2003, diabetic inmates in the Alabama Prison System filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. §1983 against the Alabama Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. The plaintiffs, represented by the Southern Poverty Law Center, alleged that their constitutional rights had been violated by denial of adequate medical care.

Shortly after the lawsuit was filed, the parties entered into a settlement agreement, and they asked the court to approve it. On February 4, 2004, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama (Judge Myron Thompson) approved the settlement agreement, which provided for changes in the areas of intake screening, blood sugar testing and control, eye exams, foot exams, testing and treatment for kidney disease, testing and treatment for heart disease, dental care, preventative and chronic care, diet and exercise, and education. The court also closed the case without prejudice. Gaddis v. Campbell, 301 F.Supp. 2d 1310 (M.D.Ala. 2004).

Kristen Sagar - 03/17/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Medication, administration of
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Alabama Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description diabetic inmates in the Alabama Prison System
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 2004 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2005
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)
03-390 (M.D. Ala.) 04/29/2005
PC-AL-0015-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order 11/18/2003 (M.D. Ala.)
PC-AL-0015-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion 02/04/2004 (301 F.Supp.2d 1310) (M.D. Ala.)
PC-AL-0015-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Update Memorandum 106 04/28/2004
PC-AL-0015-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges Thompson, Myron Herbert (N.D. Ala., M.D. Ala.)
PC-AL-0015-0003 | PC-AL-0015-0004 | PC-AL-0015-9000
Walker, Susan Russ (M.D. Ala.) [Magistrate]
PC-AL-0015-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Brownstein, Rhonda C. (Alabama)
PC-AL-0015-0004 | PC-AL-0015-9000
Bruner, Kelley McNair (Alabama)
PC-AL-0015-0004 | PC-AL-0015-9000
Graham, Grace Gabriel (Alabama)
PC-AL-0015-0004 | PC-AL-0015-9000
Lipow, Danielle Jeannine (Alabama)
PC-AL-0015-0004 | PC-AL-0015-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Addison, William F. (Alabama)
PC-AL-0015-0004 | PC-AL-0015-9000
Brannan, Jane LeCroy (Alabama)
PC-AL-0015-0004 | PC-AL-0015-9000
Redd, Andrew Weldon (Alabama)
PC-AL-0015-0004 | PC-AL-0015-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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