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Case Name Lightfoot v. Goodlander PC-MD-0004
Docket / Court 80-283 ( D. Md. )
State/Territory Maryland
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
In 1980, inmates of the Maryland Correctional Training Center, represented by private counsel, filed a Section 1983 class action suit in federal district court for the District of Maryland against the officials for the Maryland Division of Correction. The plaintiffs complained of unconstitutional ... read more >
In 1980, inmates of the Maryland Correctional Training Center, represented by private counsel, filed a Section 1983 class action suit in federal district court for the District of Maryland against the officials for the Maryland Division of Correction. The plaintiffs complained of unconstitutional conditions of confinement including overcrowding and a lack of educational and work activities.

In July 1983, the District Court (Judge Norman P. Ramsey) entered a stipulated agreement which required defendants to improve educational and work activities, expand housing to decrease overcrowding, and limit the practice of double-celling. The agreement also required defendants to submit monthly reports to the court updating the implementation of the terms of the agreement. The agreement did not specify the duration required for the submission of monthly reports. There were no complaints or motions filed following the agreement until 1997.

In 1997, defendants moved for termination of the stipulation pursuant to the Prison Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The District Court (Judge Benson Everett Legg) granted defendants motion for termination of the stipulation in January 1997. The docket for this case is not available on PACER, and therefore our information ends with the last reported decision in 1997.

Eoghan Keenan - 05/27/2005


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
General
Education
Recreation / Exercise
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Maryland Correctional Training Center
Plaintiff Description inmates of the Maryland Correctional Training Center
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 Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1983 - 1997
Case Closing Year 1997
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)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Reported Opinion 11/14/1979 (479 F.Supp. 569) (D. Md.)
PC-MD-0004-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Stipulation 12/14/1982
PC-MD-0004-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges Ramsey, Norman Park (D. Md.)
PC-MD-0004-0001
Thomsen, Roszel Cathcart (D. Md.)
PC-MD-0004-0002
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Adkins, E. Dale III (Maryland)
PC-MD-0004-0002
Bekman, Paul D. (Maryland)
PC-MD-0004-0001 | PC-MD-0004-0002
Pierson, W. Michel (Maryland)
PC-MD-0004-0001 | PC-MD-0004-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Andrews, Phillip M. (Maryland)
PC-MD-0004-0001
Caplis, Stephen B. (Maryland)
PC-MD-0004-0002 | PC-MD-0004-0002
Cuzmanes, Paul (Maryland)
PC-MD-0004-0002 | PC-MD-0004-0002
Plitt, Emory A. Jr. (Maryland)
PC-MD-0004-0001
Sachs, Stephen H. (Maryland)
PC-MD-0004-0001 | PC-MD-0004-0002 | PC-MD-0004-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

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