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Case Name Estevez v. Foti PC-LA-0004
Docket / Court 2:88-cv-01162-LLM-ALC ( E.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Attorney Organization ACLU National (all projects)
ACLU National Prison Project
Case Summary
On March 22, 1988, inmates in Orleans Parish, Louisiana filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against the sheriff of Orleans Parish. The complaint was originally filed pro se and the Tulane Law Clinic was appointed to represent the ... read more >
On March 22, 1988, inmates in Orleans Parish, Louisiana filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against the sheriff of Orleans Parish. The complaint was originally filed pro se and the Tulane Law Clinic was appointed to represent the plaintiffs. The ACLU National Prison Project and ACLU of Louisiana also joined as counsel for plaintiffs. In their complaint, the inmates, housed at the Orleans Parish Prison, the Community Correctional Center, and the Emergency Housing Unit, alleged unconstitutional conditions of confinement and the denial of good time credits. Specifically, they claimed they were denied adequate sanitation facilities, medical care, dental care, mental health care, exercise opportunities, healthy food, educational and religious programming and access to lawyers. They also alleged that the correctional staff were not given proper training and the inmate disciplinary system was constitutionally deficient. The inmates sought declaratory and injunctive relief for the unconstitutional conditions and were granted class certification on behalf of all current and future inmates confined within the custody of the criminal sheriff of Orleans Parish.

The plaintiffs' claims were subsequently litigated in Robinson v. Phelps and ultimately formed the basis for re-opening Hamilton v. Morial, JC-LA-0008, a longstanding case challenging conditions in the New Orleans Parish Prison, which was still being litigated as of May 9, 2006, after the date that Magistrate Judge Alma Chasez closed this case on September 1, 2000.

Tom Madison - 09/22/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Bathing and hygiene
Classification / placement
Disciplinary procedures
Disciplinary segregation
Education
Fire safety
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Recreation / Exercise
Religious programs / policies
Sanitation / living conditions
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Totality of conditions
Medical/Mental Health
Dental care
Medical care, general
Mental health care, general
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) City of New Orleans
Criminal Sheriff of Orleans Parish
Plaintiff Description All persons who have been or will be confined within the custody of the criminal sheriff of Orleans Parish.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU National (all projects)
ACLU National Prison Project
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Unknown
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2000
Case Ongoing Unknown
Case Listing JC-LA-0003 : Hamilton v. Schriro (E.D. La.)
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)
88-01162 (E.D. La.) 09/01/2000
PC-LA-0004-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Amended Complaint 01/01/1988
PC-LA-0004-0001 PDF | Detail
Notice of Hearing on Motion to Amend Complaint and Motion to Dismiss State Defendants 03/21/1989
PC-LA-0004-0002 PDF | Detail
Memorandum in Support of Motion to Amend Complaint and Motion to Dismiss State Defendants 03/21/1989
PC-LA-0004-0003 PDF | Detail
Judges Chasez, Alma L. (W.D. La., E.D. La.) [Magistrate]
PC-LA-0004-9000
Mitchell, Lansing Leroy (E.D. La.)
PC-LA-0004-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bower, Karen A. (District of Columbia)
PC-LA-0004-9000
Johnson, Jane (Louisiana)
PC-LA-0004-0001 | PC-LA-0004-0002 | PC-LA-0004-0003
Jones, Mohamedu F. (District of Columbia)
PC-LA-0004-9000
Quigley, William Patrick (Louisiana)
PC-LA-0004-0001 | PC-LA-0004-0002 | PC-LA-0004-0003 | PC-LA-0004-9000
Rifkin, Marjorie Lynn (District of Columbia)
PC-LA-0004-9000
Wright, Claudia T. (District of Columbia)
PC-LA-0004-0001 | PC-LA-0004-0002 | PC-LA-0004-0003
Defendant's Lawyers Ieyoub, Richard P. (Louisiana)
PC-LA-0004-9000
Matthews, Freeman Rudolph (Louisiana)
PC-LA-0004-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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