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Case Name Inmates of the Modular Facility v. District of Columbia PC-DC-0001
Docket / Court 90-0727 ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On March 28, 1990, inmates of the Modular Facility in the District of Columbia filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the District of Columbia Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendants had ... read more >
On March 28, 1990, inmates of the Modular Facility in the District of Columbia filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the District of Columbia Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendants had violated their constitutional rights by depriving them of mental health care and medical care.

Following a bench trial, the parties entered into a consent decree, which was adopted by the District Court (Judge June L. Green) on December 14, 1990. The District Court then terminated the litigation. On September 13, 1991, the plaintiffs asked the District Court to hold the defendants in contempt of the Court's decree and to impose sanctions against them. Three weeks later, the parties again filed a consent order, which was adopted by the District Court. On March 5, 1992, the District Court (Judge Green) found the defendants to be in contempt and imposed sanctions against them.

The defendants asked the Court to reconsider the imposition of monetary sanctions, and on June 2, 1992, the District Court (Judge Green) ordered the defendants to pay $102,500.00 in fines. On June 8, 1993, the District Court adopted another consent order, which had been filed jointly by the parties to the case. One month later, the plaintiffs again asked the Court to hold the defendants in contempt and to impose fines on them for disobeying the Court's order. On November 24, 1993, the District Court again granted the plaintiffs' motion for contempt fines, awarding them $56,000 for the defendants' violations of the consent order.

On August 16, 1994, the defendants asked the Court to modify the consent decree, and one week later, the District Court granted the request.

We have no further information in this case.

Kristen Sagar - 09/24/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Mental health care, general
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Modular Facility of the District of Columbia Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description inmates of the Modular Facility in the District of Columbia
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 Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1990 - 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)
[ Detail ]

Docket(s)
90-00727 (D.D.C.) 01/21/2000
PC-DC-0001-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order 09/27/1990 (1990 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 13060) (D.D.C.)
PC-DC-0001-0004.pdf | LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Consent Order 07/26/1996 (D.D.C.)
PC-DC-0001-0002.pdf | Detail
Consent Motion for the adoption of a Consent Order concerning systemwide medical and mental health care. 07/26/1996
PC-DC-0001-0003.pdf | Detail
Judges Green, June Lazenby (D.D.C.)
PC-DC-0001-0002 | PC-DC-0001-0003 | PC-DC-0001-0004 | PC-DC-0001-9000
Monitors/Masters Lopes, Grace Michele (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0001-0002 | PC-DC-0001-9000
Schneider, Karen M. (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0001-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Adams, Stuart H. Jr. (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0001-0002
Glover, Gregory Joseph (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0001-9000
Hacala, Martin G. (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0001-0002
Labson, Michael S. (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0001-0003
Lasker, Eric G. (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0001-0003
Lenhart, Benedict M. (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0001-9000
Nickles, Peter J. (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0001-0003
Orlebeke, Evagren (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0001-9000
Pemberton, Alan A. (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0001-0002 | PC-DC-0001-0003 | PC-DC-0001-9000
Smith, Jonathan Mark (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0001-0002
Yeo, Matthew S. (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0001-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Knight, Leonardo R. (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0001-9000
Love, Richard Stuart (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0001-0002 | PC-DC-0001-9000
Other Lawyers Cleary, John Charles (Pennsylvania)
PC-DC-0001-9000
Facciola, John M. (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0001-9000
Nebeker, William Mark (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0001-9000

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