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Case Name Inmates of Three Lorton Facilities v. District of Columbia PC-DC-0005
Docket / Court 92-1208 ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On May 20, 1992, inmates at three facilities of the District of Columbia Department of Corrections filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging inadequate attention to the medical needs of inmates.

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On May 20, 1992, inmates at three facilities of the District of Columbia Department of Corrections filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging inadequate attention to the medical needs of inmates.

After pre-trial proceedings, the parties settled the action, agreeing to a Consent Decree on November 22, 1994. The Decree stated that the defendants should increase numbers and hours of medical staff and that "sick call" should be conducted by a physician or a licensed physician assistant five times per week for each housing unit. Additionally, the inmates should be given access to specialty clinics when necessary. Moreover, the Decree required the defendants to have qualified medical personnel review inmates' medical records within one day of the arrival of new inmates. The Decree also provided for chronic care, medical diets, dental services, mental health care, and life support.

Upon the court's finding of the noncompliance of the defendants, it ordered on February 29, 1996 (Judge June L. Green) that the defendants report their progress in implementing the original decree. The defendants did so on February 21, 1997. In the meantime, the court issued a Consent Order on July 11, 1996 in favor of the plaintiffs in the amount of $169,422.50. The litigation continued, with disputes over attorney's fees and an attempt by the plaintiffs to persuade the court to hold the defendants in contempt. The court issued a Consent Order on May 11, 2000, awarding plaintiffs attorneys fees and costs associated with monitoring compliance with the court's orders. The final PACER entry is dated December 19, 2000, vacating the previous orders in the action and dismissing the action.

David Terry - 05/02/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) D.C. Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description inmates at three facilities of the District of Columbia Department of Corrections
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1994 - 2000
Case Closing Year 2000
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)
92-1208 (D.D.C.) 12/19/2000
PC-DC-0005-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief 05/20/1992
PC-DC-0005-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 11/22/1994 (D.D.C.)
PC-DC-0005-0002 PDF | Detail
Praecipe 02/21/1997
PC-DC-0005-0005 PDF | Detail
Order 09/25/1997 (D.D.C.)
PC-DC-0005-0006 PDF | Detail
Judges Green, June Lazenby (D.D.C.)
PC-DC-0005-0002 | PC-DC-0005-0006 | PC-DC-0005-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Berlin, Seth D. (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0005-0001 | PC-DC-0005-0002
Dygert, Jeffrey H. (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0005-0001 | PC-DC-0005-0002
Gerstein, John Richard I (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0005-0001 | PC-DC-0005-0002 | PC-DC-0005-9000
Hacala, Martin G. (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0005-0001 | PC-DC-0005-0002 | PC-DC-0005-0006
Hall, Aurie Talbor (Maryland)
PC-DC-0005-0002
Howlett, Thomas H. (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0005-0001 | PC-DC-0005-0002
Lotke, Eric Robert (Virginia)
PC-DC-0005-9000
Smith, Jonathan Mark (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0005-0002 | PC-DC-0005-0006
Defendant's Lawyers Amato, Maria-Claudia T. (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0005-0002 | PC-DC-0005-0005 | PC-DC-0005-0006 | PC-DC-0005-9000
Earle, William J. (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0005-0005
Love, Richard Stuart (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0005-0002
Robinson, Jo Anne (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0005-0005
Ruiz, Vanessa (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0005-0002
Zielinski, Michael Edward (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0005-0002 | PC-DC-0005-0005
Other Lawyers None on record

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