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Case Name Head v. King PC-LA-0005
Docket / Court 84-209 ( M.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On March 2, 1984, inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, Louisiana, filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Louisiana Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. The plaintiffs alleged that their constitutional rights had ... read more >
On March 2, 1984, inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, Louisiana, filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Louisiana Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. The plaintiffs alleged that their constitutional rights had been violated by the prison's treatment of mentally ill and mentally retarded inmates.

On April 7, 1989, the parties entered into a consent decree, where the defendants agreed in good faith to carry out the plaintiffs' proposed plan for mental health and mental retardation treatment, which had been submitted on September 27, 1988. On January 28, 1994, the defendants asked the court to relieve them from their obligation to comply further with the consent decree and close the case. On February 1, 1994, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana (Judge Frank J. Polozola) granted the defendants' motion to dismiss the case.

Kristen Sagar - 03/10/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Medical/Mental Health
Intellectual disability/mental illness dual diagnosis
Mental health care, general
Mental health care, unspecified
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Louisiana Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description 9 inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Unknown
Class action status granted Unknown
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 1989 - 1994
Case Closing Year 1994
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)
84-209 (M.D. La.) 12/12/1996
PC-LA-0005-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Consent Decree 04/07/1989 (M.D. La.)
PC-LA-0005-0001 PDF | Detail
Judges Polozola, Frank Joseph (M.D. La.) [Magistrate]
PC-LA-0005-9000
Riedlinger, Stephen C. (M.D. La.) [Magistrate]
PC-LA-0005-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers McGlasson, Robert L. (Texas)
PC-LA-0005-0001
Samaha, John N. (Louisiana)
PC-LA-0005-0001
Utter, David J. (Louisiana)
PC-LA-0005-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Curry, Richard A. (Louisiana)
PC-LA-0005-9000
Kline, William Lester (Louisiana)
PC-LA-0005-9000
Kopsa, Joseph Erwin (Louisiana)
PC-LA-0005-0001 | PC-LA-0005-9000
Levert, Jo Ann P. (Louisiana)
PC-LA-0005-0001
Reiger, Shannan Sweeney (Louisiana)
PC-LA-0005-9000
Viator, Annette Marie (Louisiana)
PC-LA-0005-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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