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Case Name Taylor v. Wolff PC-NV-0006
Docket / Court 79-162 ( D. Nev. )
State/Territory Nevada
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
In 1979, inmates of the Nevada State Prison system filed a Section 1983 class action suit in the District of Nevada, against officials of the Nevada Department of Prisons. Plaintiffs alleged violations of the First, Fifth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments. Specifically, plaintiffs alleged that ... read more >
In 1979, inmates of the Nevada State Prison system filed a Section 1983 class action suit in the District of Nevada, against officials of the Nevada Department of Prisons. Plaintiffs alleged violations of the First, Fifth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments. Specifically, plaintiffs alleged that the medical and mental health services were inadequate. Plaintiffs had counsel from Washoe Legal Services and the ACLU National Prison Project.

In November 1983, the parties submitted a stipulated settlement agreement whithatch required defendants to implement new procedures regarding the treatment, classification, and segregation of inmates with mental health needs. The agreement also required an independent auditor to evaluate defendants' compliance over an 18 month period. At the auditor's discretion, the period for compliance could be extended an additional twelve months. The duties and responsibilities of the auditor were largely drawn from the settlement agreement in Shapley v. O'Callaghan (PC-NV-005). The plaintiffs in Shapley were also represented by Washoe Legal Services and the ACLU National Prison Project.

In April 1984, the settlement agreement was amended to incorporate additional training requirements and suicide watch procedures. The amended stipulated settlement agreement led to an order approving compromise of the class action in 1984. Allen F. Breed was named as the independent auditor and submitted three progress reports over the next eighteen months. Mr. Breed had previously been named the independent auditor in Shapley v. O'Callaghan. Finding that the defendants were not in compliance, Mr. Breed extended the monitoring period for an additional twelve months.

In May 1988, the District Court (Judge James M. Burns) issued a final order finding that defendants had fully complied with all but two of the provisions of the stipulated agreement. Judge Burns directed defendants to implement the Mental Health Plan co-written by Dr. William S. Logan and Mary Alice Conroy. Dr. Logan was appointed to monitor the implementation of the Mental Health Plan and compliance with the stipulated agreement and the final order.

Following seven progress reports by Dr. Logan between 1988 and 1993, defendants requested a finding of compliance by the court. Judge Burns held that defendants were in full compliance with the order, but required Dr. Logan to monitor for an additional year to ensure defendants' continued compliance. Taylor v. Wolff, 158 F.R.D. 671 (D. Nev. 1993). Following an additional three progress reports by Dr. Logan, defendants' motions to terminate jurisdiction, dissolve the consent decree, and dismiss the case with prejudice were granted in November 1994. Taylor v. Wolff, 158 F.R.D. 671 (D. Neb. 1994).

The docket for this case is not available on PACER, and therefore our information ends with the most recent court opinion, dated November 10, 1994.

Eoghan Keenan - 06/10/2005


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
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Administrative segregation
Classification / placement
Suicide prevention
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Nevada State Prison
Plaintiff Description inmates of the Nevada State Prison
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 1983 - 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)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Stipulated Settlement Agreement 11/23/1983
PC-NV-0006-0001 PDF | Detail
Second Progress Report on Compliance with Stipulated Settlement Agreement 04/30/1985
PC-NV-0006-0002 PDF | Detail
Third Progress Report on Compliance with Stipulated Settlement Agreement 09/30/1985
PC-NV-0006-0003 PDF | Detail
Fourth Progress Report on Compliance with Stipulated Settlement Agreement 03/12/1986
PC-NV-0006-0004 PDF | Detail
Opinion and Order 09/17/1994 (158 F.R.D. 671) (D. Nev.)
PC-NV-0006-0005 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Order 11/10/1994 (158 F.R.D. 675) (D. Nev.)
PC-NV-0006-0006 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Burns, James Milton (D. Or.)
PC-NV-0006-0005 | PC-NV-0006-0006
Monitors/Masters Breed, Allen F. (California)
PC-NV-0006-0002 | PC-NV-0006-0003 | PC-NV-0006-0004
Plaintiff's Lawyers Nielson, Ernest K. (Nevada)
PC-NV-0006-0005 | PC-NV-0006-0006
Zeh, Charles R. (Nevada)
PC-NV-0006-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Del Papa, Frankie Sue (Nevada)
PC-NV-0006-0005 | PC-NV-0006-0006
McKay, Brian (Nevada)
PC-NV-0006-0001
Nielsen, Brooke A. (Nevada)
PC-NV-0006-0001
Parks, Cameron J. (Nevada)
PC-NV-0006-0005 | PC-NV-0006-0006
Other Lawyers None on record

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