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Case Name Nunn v. Michigan Department of Corrections PC-MI-0017
Docket / Court 96-CV-71416-DT ( E.D. Mich. )
State/Territory Michigan
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On March 27, 1996 women prisoners at Scott Correctional Facility and Florence Crane Facility in Michigan filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Plaintiffs alleged that they were subjected to a pattern and practice of sexual ... read more >
On March 27, 1996 women prisoners at Scott Correctional Facility and Florence Crane Facility in Michigan filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Plaintiffs alleged that they were subjected to a pattern and practice of sexual harassment and abuse as a result of the Michigan Department of Correction's (DOC) failure to train properly and discipline its staff. Defendants moved to dismiss. The district court (Judge John Corbett O'Meara) granted the motion with respect to plaintiffs' claims against the DOC and monetary damage claims against Kenneth McGinnis in his official capacity as Director of the DOC. Nunn v. Michigan Dept. of Corr., No. 96-71416, 1997 WL 33559323 (E.D.Mich. Feb. 4, 1997). All other claims against McGinnis and corrections officers and other staff remained.

Judge O'Meara denied McGinnis's subsequent motion to dismiss. Nunn v. McGinnis, No. 96-71416, 1997 WL 33559327 (E.D.Mich. July 28, 1997). The court also denied a motion to stay pending appeal. 1997 WL 33559328 (E.D.Mich. Sept. 17, 1997). It granted plaintiffs' motion to amend, allowing plaintiffs to add two new inmates as plaintiffs and to add defendant Fullmer, a corrections officer who was accused of sexually assaulting one of the plaintiffs. 1997 WL 33559326 (E.D.Mich. June 16, 1997). As litigation continued, this case was consolidated with U.S.A. v. Michigan (PC-MI-0009) for purposes of discovery. That case settled in May 1999.

Settlement conferences for this case were held in 2000 and the parties signed a Settlement Agreement Regarding Injunctive and Declaratory Relief on July 31, 2000. According to the agreement, the DOC would develop and maintain a policy regarding sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, and retaliation. The settlement also addressed screening of prospective employees, staff training, prisoner education, and the process for investigating allegations of misconduct.

The parties entered into a conditional dismissal on August 17, 2000, pending reports of the compliance expert. The final report was submitted on December 3, 2002 and concluded that defendants substantially complied with the settlement agreement, with the exception that the defendants had not yet fully staffed housing units with female officers. On February 19, 2003, the court (Judge O'Meara) ordered a partial unconditional dismissal, maintaining jurisdiction over the staffing issue. On October 28, 2004, defendants moved for full unconditional dismissal of the action but withdrew that motion on September 29, 2005.

On April 25, 2007 the parties agreed that only female officers would be assigned to the facilities covered by the settlement agreement, which brought the dispute to a close. The court then ordered dismissal of the case, leaving the Plaintiffs free to pursue Defendants who defaulted on the settlement agreement.

Joshua Arocho - 07/11/2012


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
General
Assault/abuse by staff
Sex w/ staff; sexual harassment by staff
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Michigan Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description Prison inmates alleging constitutional violations arising out of sexual assaults, a failure to adequately train, supervise, discipline and investigate allegations of sexual assault, violations of privacy, and retaliatory actions against women prisoners
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 2000 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing PC-MI-0009 : United States v. Michigan (E.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0183 : Everson v. Michigan Department of Corrections (E.D. Mich.)
PC-MI-0021 : Neal v. Michigan Department of Corrections (State Court)
PC-MI-0020 : Mason v. Granholm (E.D. Mich.)
PC-MI-0023 : Anderson v. Dept of Corrections (State Court)
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Beyond Parity and Equal Protection: Women Prisoner's Right Litigation in the 1990s
By: Julie Cho (Harvard)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ]

  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)
96-CV-71416 (E.D. Mich.) 09/29/2005
PC-MI-0017-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Opinion and Order Granting in Part and Denying in Part Defendants' Motion to Dismiss 02/04/1997 (1997 WL 33559323 / 1997 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 22970) (E.D. Mich.)
PC-MI-0017-0013.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Opinion and Order Granting Plaintiffs' Motion to Amend 06/16/1997 (1997 WL 33559326 / 1997 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 22977) (E.D. Mich.)
PC-MI-0017-0014.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Order Denying Defendants' Motion to Dismiss or for Summary Judgment 07/28/1997 (1997 WL 33559327 / 1997 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 22978) (E.D. Mich.)
PC-MI-0017-0015.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Opinion and Order Denying Defendants' Motion for Stay Pending Appeal 09/17/1997 (1997 WL 33559328 / 1997 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 22976) (E.D. Mich.)
PC-MI-0017-0016.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Opinion and Order Denying Defendants' Motion for Reconsideration 10/07/1997 (1997 WL 33559329 / 1997 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 22979) (E.D. Mich.)
PC-MI-0017-0017.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Memorandum Opinion and Order 04/08/1998 (1998 WL 34113236 / 1998 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 15639) (E.D. Mich.)
PC-MI-0017-0012.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Settlement Agreement Regarding Injunctive and Declaratory Relief 07/31/2000
PC-MI-0017-0008.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Final Report of the Compliance Expert 12/03/2002
PC-MI-0017-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 02/01/2003 (E.D. Mich.)
PC-MI-0017-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulation for Partial Unconditional Dismissal 02/19/2003
PC-MI-0017-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' Motion for Full Unconditional Dismissal Pursuant to the February 19, 2003 Stipulation Between the Parties 10/28/2004
PC-MI-0017-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulation for Entry of Full Unconditional Dismissal 10/28/2004
PC-MI-0017-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order of Dismissal 10/28/2004 (E.D. Mich.)
PC-MI-0017-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Response and Brief in Opposition to Defendants' Motion for Full Unconditional Dismissal 11/19/2004
PC-MI-0017-0007.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' Reply to Plaintiffs' Response and Brief in Opposition to Defendants' Motion for Full Unconditional Dismissal 12/01/2004
PC-MI-0017-0009.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Request for Withdrawal Without Prejudice, Defendants' Motion for Full and Unconditional Dismissal 09/29/2005
PC-MI-0017-0010.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulation and Order of Dismissal 04/25/2007 (E.D. Mich.)
PC-MI-0017-0011.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Goldman, Marc L (C.D. Cal.) [Magistrate]
PC-MI-0017-0012
O'Meara, John Corbett (E.D. Mich.)
PC-MI-0017-0001 | PC-MI-0017-0002 | PC-MI-0017-0003 | PC-MI-0017-0005 | PC-MI-0017-0006 | PC-MI-0017-0007 | PC-MI-0017-0008 | PC-MI-0017-0009 | PC-MI-0017-0010 | PC-MI-0017-0011 | PC-MI-0017-0013 | PC-MI-0017-0014 | PC-MI-0017-0015 | PC-MI-0017-0016 | PC-MI-0017-0017 | PC-MI-0017-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Labelle, Deborah A. (Michigan)
PC-MI-0017-0001 | PC-MI-0017-0005 | PC-MI-0017-0007 | PC-MI-0017-0008 | PC-MI-0017-0011 | PC-MI-0017-0012 | PC-MI-0017-0013 | PC-MI-0017-0014 | PC-MI-0017-0015 | PC-MI-0017-0016 | PC-MI-0017-0017 | PC-MI-0017-9000
Reno, Molly H. (Michigan)
PC-MI-0017-0002 | PC-MI-0017-0005 | PC-MI-0017-0008 | PC-MI-0017-0012 | PC-MI-0017-0013 | PC-MI-0017-0014 | PC-MI-0017-0015 | PC-MI-0017-0016 | PC-MI-0017-0017 | PC-MI-0017-9000
Soble, Richard (Michigan)
PC-MI-0017-0008 | PC-MI-0017-0012 | PC-MI-0017-0013 | PC-MI-0017-0014 | PC-MI-0017-0015 | PC-MI-0017-0016 | PC-MI-0017-0017 | PC-MI-0017-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Allen, Donald L. Jr. (Michigan)
PC-MI-0017-0012 | PC-MI-0017-0013 | PC-MI-0017-0014 | PC-MI-0017-0015 | PC-MI-0017-0016 | PC-MI-0017-0017 | PC-MI-0017-9000
Colbeck, J. Richard (Michigan)
PC-MI-0017-0012 | PC-MI-0017-0013 | PC-MI-0017-0014 | PC-MI-0017-0015 | PC-MI-0017-0016 | PC-MI-0017-0017 | PC-MI-0017-9000
Friedman, Leo H. (Michigan)
PC-MI-0017-0010 | PC-MI-0017-0011
Hugger, Frederick M. (Michigan)
PC-MI-0017-0012 | PC-MI-0017-0013 | PC-MI-0017-0014 | PC-MI-0017-0015 | PC-MI-0017-0016 | PC-MI-0017-0017 | PC-MI-0017-9000
Matus, Mark W. (Michigan)
PC-MI-0017-0002 | PC-MI-0017-0008 | PC-MI-0017-0012 | PC-MI-0017-0013 | PC-MI-0017-0014 | PC-MI-0017-0015 | PC-MI-0017-0016 | PC-MI-0017-0017 | PC-MI-0017-9000
Monticello, Frank J. (Michigan)
PC-MI-0017-0001 | PC-MI-0017-0005 | PC-MI-0017-0007 | PC-MI-0017-0009
Przekop-Shaw, Susan (Michigan)
PC-MI-0017-0012 | PC-MI-0017-0013 | PC-MI-0017-0014 | PC-MI-0017-0015 | PC-MI-0017-0016 | PC-MI-0017-0017 | PC-MI-0017-9000
Rataj, Michael A. (Michigan)
PC-MI-0017-0012 | PC-MI-0017-0013 | PC-MI-0017-0015 | PC-MI-0017-0016 | PC-MI-0017-9000
Shamraj, Marie (Michigan)
PC-MI-0017-0014 | PC-MI-0017-0017 | PC-MI-0017-9000
Stokes, Wanda M. (Michigan)
PC-MI-0017-0012 | PC-MI-0017-0013 | PC-MI-0017-0014 | PC-MI-0017-0015 | PC-MI-0017-0017 | PC-MI-0017-9000
Thom, Kevin M. (Michigan)
PC-MI-0017-0012 | PC-MI-0017-0013 | PC-MI-0017-0014 | PC-MI-0017-0015 | PC-MI-0017-0016 | PC-MI-0017-0017
Thurber, John L. (Michigan)
PC-MI-0017-0012 | PC-MI-0017-0013 | PC-MI-0017-0014 | PC-MI-0017-0015 | PC-MI-0017-0016 | PC-MI-0017-0017 | PC-MI-0017-9000
Wright, Patrick J. (Michigan)
PC-MI-0017-0012 | PC-MI-0017-0013 | PC-MI-0017-0014 | PC-MI-0017-0015 | PC-MI-0017-0016 | PC-MI-0017-0017 | PC-MI-0017-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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