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Case Name Wilson v. Kelley & Bloodworth JC-GA-0013
Docket / Court 2922-Mac ( M.D. Ga. )
State/Territory Georgia
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
Plaintiffs, including white, black, former, present, and prospective inmates in all Georgia penal institutions, challenged the constitutionality of segregation in Georgia jails. In July 1968, a three-judge panel in the District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (Judges Sidney Smith, Frank ... read more >
Plaintiffs, including white, black, former, present, and prospective inmates in all Georgia penal institutions, challenged the constitutionality of segregation in Georgia jails. In July 1968, a three-judge panel in the District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (Judges Sidney Smith, Frank Hooper, and Elbert Tuttle) certified plaintiffs' class, held that any segregated custody subsequent to January 1, 1969 is unconstitutional, and ordered the Director of the Board of Corrections and all wardens and sheriffs to desegregate all Georgia penal institutions. Wilson v. Kelley, 294 F. Supp. 1005 (N.D. Ga. 1968). In December 1968, the Supreme Court affirmed the District Court's decision in a per curium opinion. Wilson v. Kelley, 393 U.S. 266 (1968). This case (like others, see Wilson v. Thompson, JC-GA-012) concerned implementation of the Wilson v. Kelley order against the Bibb County Jail. The court transferred the case to the Middle District of Georgia in 1973. Some type of action continued in this case until about 1975, and in 1976, the district court issued an order to close the case for statistical purposes due to a lack of action. There is no PACER docket available for this case, but we do have a copy of the original docket from the District Court in the Middle District of Georgia that contains limited information from 1973 through 1976.

Lauren Cutson - 05/21/2005


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Administrative segregation
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Bibb County Jail
Plaintiff Description white, black, former, present, and prospective inmates in all Georgia penal institutions
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 Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 1968 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing No
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)
2922-Mac (M.D. Ga.) 11/12/1976
JC-GA-0013-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Reported Opinion 06/27/1968 (294 F.Supp. 1005) (N.D. Ga.)
JC-GA-0013-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Memorandum Decision 12/16/1968 (393 U.S. 266)
JC-GA-0013-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Order 11/12/1976 (M.D. Ga.)
JC-GA-0013-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges Owens, Wilbur Dawson Jr. (M.D. Ga.)
JC-GA-0013-0001
Smith, Sidney Oslin Jr. (N.D. Ga.)
JC-GA-0013-0003 | JC-GA-0013-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Boult, Reber F. Jr. (Georgia)
JC-GA-0013-0003
Brent, John Wm. (Georgia)
JC-GA-0013-0003
Jones, F. Walter (Georgia)
JC-GA-0013-0003 | JC-GA-0013-9000
King, C. B. (Georgia)
JC-GA-0013-0003 | JC-GA-0013-9000
Kinoy, Arthur (New York)
JC-GA-0013-0003 | JC-GA-0013-9000
Moore, Howard Jr. (Georgia)
JC-GA-0013-0003
Morgan, Charles Jr. (Georgia)
JC-GA-0013-0003 | JC-GA-0013-0004 | JC-GA-0013-9000
Rindskopf, Peter E. (Georgia)
JC-GA-0013-0003
Wulf, Melvin L. (New York)
JC-GA-0013-0003 | JC-GA-0013-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Bolton, Arthur K. (Georgia)
JC-GA-0013-0003 | JC-GA-0013-0003 | JC-GA-0013-0004 | JC-GA-0013-9000
Bryan, W. Wheeler (Georgia)
JC-GA-0013-0003 | JC-GA-0013-0003 | JC-GA-0013-0004
Evans, Alfred L. Jr. (Georgia)
JC-GA-0013-0003 | JC-GA-0013-0004
Ferguson, John T. (Georgia)
JC-GA-0013-0003 | JC-GA-0013-0004
Gordon, Marion O. (Georgia)
JC-GA-0013-0003 | JC-GA-0013-0003 | JC-GA-0013-0004
Hartman, Don L. (Georgia)
JC-GA-0013-0003 | JC-GA-0013-0003 | JC-GA-0013-0004
Hill, Harold N. Jr. (Georgia)
JC-GA-0013-0003 | JC-GA-0013-0003 | JC-GA-0013-0004
Hinchey, John W. (Georgia)
JC-GA-0013-0003 | JC-GA-0013-0004
MacDougall, Ellis (Georgia)
JC-GA-0013-9000
Robins, Mathew (Georgia)
JC-GA-0013-0003 | JC-GA-0013-0003 | JC-GA-0013-0004
Sell, E. S. (Georgia)
JC-GA-0013-9000
Twitty, Frank S. Sr. (Georgia)
JC-GA-0013-0003 | JC-GA-0013-0004
Other Lawyers Marker, Jack R. (District of Columbia)
JC-GA-0013-9000
Queen, Jesse H. (District of Columbia)
JC-GA-0013-9000
Shea, Quinlan J. Jr. (District of Columbia)
JC-GA-0013-9000
Wolf, Michael (District of Columbia)
JC-GA-0013-9000

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