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Case Name Ravits, on behalf of Kevin Merritt v. Whetsel JC-OK-0002
Docket / Court CV-2006-0011 ( State Court )
State/Territory Oklahoma
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
On August 3, 2006, Oklahoma County Public Defender Robert A. Ravitz, filed a Petition for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief in the State District Court of Oklahoma County on behalf Oklahoma County Detention Center [OCDC] inmates. Petitioner sought to challenge overcrowding and other conditions of ... read more >
On August 3, 2006, Oklahoma County Public Defender Robert A. Ravitz, filed a Petition for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief in the State District Court of Oklahoma County on behalf Oklahoma County Detention Center [OCDC] inmates. Petitioner sought to challenge overcrowding and other conditions of inmate detention.

The Court (Judge Ray C. Elliot) conducted a hearing on August 23 and 24, 2006. Following the hearing, Judge Elliot issued his Order making findings of fact and conclusions of law. Judge Elliot rejected petitioner's overcrowding claim, but found that OCDC inmates were subjected to being triple celled, in violation of the Health Code. He ordered that OCDC discontinue that practice. Judge Elliot further found that OCDC inmates sentenced to the state prison system were being denied timely transfer to the state prison processing center, such that they were denied statutorily mandated opportunities to earn time credits to reduce their state prison sentences and also denied additional clothing provided by the state system. To rectify the situation, Judge Elliot ordered that the OCDC transport and transfer inmates to the custody of the Department of Corrections no later than 45 days after completion of the Judgment and Sentence(s) by the District Court.

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Dan Dalton - 02/10/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action State law
Defendant(s) Oklahoma County Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description All persons who, pursuant to valid judgments and sentences, have been ordered incarcerated in the Department of Corrections but who are currently being held in the Oklahoma County Detention Center awaiting transfer to D.O.C.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
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 Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 2006 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
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)
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General Documents
Petition for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief to Correct Overcrowding in the Oklahoma County Detention Center 08/03/2006
JC-OK-0002-0001 PDF | Detail
Order 09/29/2006
JC-OK-0002-0002 PDF | Detail
Judges Elliott, Ray C. (State Trial Court)
JC-OK-0002-0002
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Ravitz, Robert (Oklahoma)
JC-OK-0002-0001
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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