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Case Name Carniello v. Singletary PC-FL-0004
Docket / Court 90-711-Civ-J-14 ( M.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On August 10, 1990, inmates at the Florida State Prison in Bradford County, Florida filed a pro se class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. §1983 against the Florida Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendants had ... read more >
On August 10, 1990, inmates at the Florida State Prison in Bradford County, Florida filed a pro se class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. §1983 against the Florida Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendants had violated their constitutional rights by confining them in conditions of administrative segregation, close management, disciplinary confinement, Q-wing, and on the yard suspension list. The plaintiffs further alleged that their living conditions offended "evolving standards of human decency," including 24-hour lockdown, small cells, poor ventilation, spread of disease, unbearable heat, unbearable cold, inadequate mattresses and pillows, human waste overflowing from the plumbing, no laundering of clothes, infestation of insects and vermin, poor lighting, flooding, no hot water, no chairs in cells, stagnant water in showers, inadequate shower time, no communication with other inmates, racial slurs and epithets, poor mental health, physical violence by staff and inmates, sexual assaults by inmates, deprivation of legal materials, and lack of grievance procedures. On the basis of these complaints, the plaintiffs asked the court for declaratory, injunctive, and monetary relief.

On November 5, 1992, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida (Judge Harvey E. Schlesinger) granted the defendants' request to dismiss the case for failure to state a claim and administratively closed the case. The plaintiffs appealed. On January 25, 1993, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit dismissed the appeal for failure to prosecute. On April 26, 1996, the plaintiffs asked the district court for a voluntary dismissal, and the court dismissed the case.

Kristen Sagar - 09/05/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Administrative segregation
Assault/abuse by residents/inmates/students
Assault/abuse by staff
Bathing and hygiene
Classification / placement
Disciplinary procedures
Disciplinary segregation
Law library access
Recreation / Exercise
Restraints : physical
Sanitation / living conditions
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Suicide prevention
Medical/Mental Health
Mental health care, general
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Florida State Prison
Plaintiff Description inmates at the Florida State Prison in Bradford County, Florida
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1996
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)
3:90-CV-00711-HES (M.D. Fla.) 07/21/2005
PC-FL-0004-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Amended Complaint - Class Action Injunctive Relief Sought 10/07/1991
PC-FL-0004-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges Schlesinger, Harvey Erwin (M.D. Fla.) [Magistrate]
PC-FL-0004-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Weiner, Nevin A. (Florida)
PC-FL-0004-0001 | PC-FL-0004-9000
Weiner, Diana A. (Florida)
PC-FL-0004-0001 | PC-FL-0004-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Belitzky, Joe (Florida)
PC-FL-0004-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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