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Case Name Fambro v. Fulton County JC-GA-0015
Docket / Court 82-2136 ( N.D. Ga. )
State/Territory Georgia
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
On September 29, 1982, a class action lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Fulton County, Georgia. Plaintiffs were represented by the Georgia Legal Services Program and private attorneys. In 1984, the district ... read more >
On September 29, 1982, a class action lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Fulton County, Georgia. Plaintiffs were represented by the Georgia Legal Services Program and private attorneys. In 1984, the district court issued a consent decree regarding conditions in the Fulton County Jail, specifically overcrowding. Fulton County was consistently in violation of the consent decree for several years. The court (Judge J. Owen Forrester) took up the issue after receiving a monitor's report in 1989 describing the conditions. On April 21, 1989, the court ordered the sheriff to submit weekly lists of pre-trial inmates to the state courts of Fulton County and begin releasing inmates until the population was reduced to the limits set by the court. Fambro v. Fulton County, GA., 713 F.Supp. 1426 (N.D.Ga. 1989). According to the PACER docket, which begins in 1991, a consent order was entered on February 4, 1991, resolving issues related to staffing. Litigation continued through 1996, primarily regarding monitor compensation.

Lauren Cutson - 05/18/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
General
Sanitation / living conditions
Totality of conditions
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Fulton County Jail
Plaintiff Description inmates of the Fulton County Jail
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1984 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2004
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)
82-CV-2136-JOF (N.D. Ga.) 02/16/1996
JC-GA-0015-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Reported Opinion 04/21/1989 (713 F.Supp. 1426) (N.D. Ga.)
JC-GA-0015-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Forrester, J. Owen (N.D. Ga.) [Magistrate]
JC-GA-0015-0001 | JC-GA-0015-9000
Monitors/Masters Keating, Michael (Rhode Island)
JC-GA-0015-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Cullen, Robert W. (Georgia)
JC-GA-0015-0001 | JC-GA-0015-9000
Gottlieb, Steven (Georgia)
JC-GA-0015-0001
Holmen, Phyllis J. (Georgia)
JC-GA-0015-9000
Leshaw, Gary Jay (Georgia)
JC-GA-0015-0001 | JC-GA-0015-9000
Miller, Martha A. (Georgia)
JC-GA-0015-0001 | JC-GA-0015-9000
Ratner, Gary A. (Georgia)
JC-GA-0015-0001
Rowan, Milton Dale (Alabama)
JC-GA-0015-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Hewitt, William Davis (Georgia)
JC-GA-0015-0001 | JC-GA-0015-9000
Hirsch, Allen I. (Georgia)
JC-GA-0015-0001
Lackland, Theodore Howard (Georgia)
JC-GA-0015-0001 | JC-GA-0015-9000
Long, Elizabeth E. (Georgia)
JC-GA-0015-0001
Riddell, Karen S. (Georgia)
JC-GA-0015-0001
Schneider, Peter Wayne (Georgia)
JC-GA-0015-0001 | JC-GA-0015-9000
Sinkfield, Richard H. (Georgia)
JC-GA-0015-0001 | JC-GA-0015-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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