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Case Name M.C.I. Concord Advisory Bd. V. Hall PC-MA-0012
Docket / Court 75-1463 ( D. Mass. )
State/Territory Massachusetts
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
The Massachusetts Correctional Institution (M.C.I.) in Concord's Advisory Board filed this lawsuit on behalf of all inmates at M.C.I. Concord under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Massachusetts Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The plaintiffs ... read more >
The Massachusetts Correctional Institution (M.C.I.) in Concord's Advisory Board filed this lawsuit on behalf of all inmates at M.C.I. Concord under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Massachusetts Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The plaintiffs asked for declaratory and injunctive relief, arguing that the inmates' constitutional rights were being violated by inadequacies in the areas of medical care, overcrowding, sanitation, rehabilitation, and physical safety. On March 21, 1978 the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts (Judge Andrew Caffrey) granted partial injunctive relief, holding that the plaintiffs had proven that incarceration of inmates in protective custody cells, awaiting action cells, and institutional holding cells violated the inmates' constitutional rights, but he also held that the plaintiffs had failed to establish that double celling in one area and use of a hospital wardroom for a dormitory violated inmate rights. M.C.I. Concord Advisory Board v. Hall, 447 F.Supp. 398 (D.Mass. 1978).

The plaintiffs then asked the court to award them attorneys' fees. On September 28, 1978, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts (Judge Caffrey) held that the plaintiffs should be awarded attorneys' fees for the time devoted to the issues on which they prevailed in the lawsuit. M.C.I. Concord Advisory Board v. Hall, 457 F.Supp. 911 (D.Mass. 1978).

Kristen Sagar - 07/29/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
General
Bathing and hygiene
Recreation / Exercise
Sanitation / living conditions
Totality of conditions
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Massachusetts Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description Prisoners challenging conditions of confinement at a state correctional institution
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 Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 1978 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
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)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Opinion 03/21/1978 (447 F.Supp. 398) (D. Mass.)
PC-MA-0012-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Memorandum and Order 09/28/1978 (457 F.Supp. 911) (D. Mass.)
PC-MA-0012-0002 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Caffrey, Andrew Augustine (D. Mass.)
PC-MA-0012-0001 | PC-MA-0012-0002
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bass, Stanley A. (New York)
PC-MA-0012-0001
Greenberg, Jack (New York)
PC-MA-0012-0001
Milman, Barbara A. (Massachusetts)
PC-MA-0012-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Bromberg, Lee Carl (Massachusetts)
PC-MA-0012-0001 | PC-MA-0012-0002
Hotchkiss, Andra R. (Massachusetts)
PC-MA-0012-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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