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Case Name Whisman v. McCarthy PC-CA-0024
Docket / Court #0CV33860 (Superior Court ( State Court )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Attorney Organization ACLU National Prison Project
Case Summary
This case, alleging inadequate medical and mental health care at the California Institution for Women in Frontera, was filed in California Superior Court, San Bernadino County in1992. Because it is a state court case, a docket sheet was unavailable on PACER. Searches on Westlaw and on the ... read more >
This case, alleging inadequate medical and mental health care at the California Institution for Women in Frontera, was filed in California Superior Court, San Bernadino County in1992. Because it is a state court case, a docket sheet was unavailable on PACER. Searches on Westlaw and on the California court's website likewise turned up no information on the case. Our information comes from the National Prison Project journal, which reported in 1990 that the lawsuit concerned failure by the state to require state licensure of the relevant medical facilities, and in 1996 that a settlement agreement was reached in May 1992. Apparently, the state agreed to begin medical inspections of the facilities, and to correct any failings noted. It appears that there was some follow-up inspection of the facility and correction of the identified problems and that some monitoring of the case continued as of 1995.

Denise Lieberman - 10/09/2005


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Monitoring
Defendant-type
Corrections
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Mental health care, general
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action State law
Defendant(s) California Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description Inmates at the California Institution for Women in Frontera who received inadequate mental and/or physical health care
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU National Prison Project
Class action status sought Unknown
Class action status granted Unknown
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration 1992 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
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)
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General Documents
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Judges None on record
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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