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Case Name Makinson v. Bonneville County JC-ID-0002
Docket / Court 4:97-cv-00190-BLW ( D. Idaho )
State/Territory Idaho
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection Post-PLRA enforceable consent decrees
Attorney Organization ACLU National (all projects)
ACLU National Prison Project
Case Summary
On April 30, 1997, inmates at the Bonneville County Jail, represented by the ACLU, filed a class action lawsuit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho, challenging conditions of confinement at the jail.

Simultaneously with the filing of the ... read more >
On April 30, 1997, inmates at the Bonneville County Jail, represented by the ACLU, filed a class action lawsuit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho, challenging conditions of confinement at the jail.

Simultaneously with the filing of the complaint, the parties lodged a proposed Consent Decree, Order and Judgment which settled the disputed issues as to inmate confinement, pending the completion of construction of a new Bonneville County Jail.

On May 16, 1997, the District Court (Judge B. Lynn Winmill) approved the settlement and entered the Consent Decree. The Decree called for changes and improvements in the following areas: physical facilities, fire safety, inmate classification, health care, staffing, sanitation, mail, food service, access to the courts, exercise, visitation, overcrowding, discipline and non-discrimination policy. The Consent Decree was modified on September 17, 1997, when the District Court approved a Supplemental Agreement of the parties, regarding additional jail conditions.

Following the completed construction of the new Bonneville County Jail, the County has transferred all inmates and detention operations to the new jail. As all concerns which gave rise to the existing Consent Decree, except medical and health care services, were alleviated, the parties agreed to a Second Supplemental Agreement. On June 14, 1999, the District Court approved the agreement. By terms of the agreement, the Court was to retain jurisdiction over the matter for one year to monitor compliance.

The PACER docket (current as of July 13, 2014) notes no further activity and designates the case as "terminated."

Dan Dalton - 02/08/2007
Jessica Kincaid - 07/13/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Bathing and hygiene
Classification / placement
Disciplinary procedures
Fire safety
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Phone
Recreation / Exercise
Sanitation / living conditions
Totality of conditions
Visiting
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Medication, administration of
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Bonneville County Jail
Plaintiff Description Inmates at the Boonville County Jail.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU National (all projects)
ACLU National Prison Project
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 1997 - 2000
Case Closing Year 2000
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)
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Docket(s)
97-CV-00190-BLW (D. Idaho) 03/01/2006
JC-ID-0002-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Consent Decree, Order and Judgment 04/30/1997 (D. Idaho)
JC-ID-0002-0001 PDF | Detail
Second Supplemental Agreement 06/14/1999
JC-ID-0002-0002 PDF | Detail
Judges Winmill, B. Lynn (D. Idaho)
JC-ID-0002-0001 | JC-ID-0002-0002 | JC-ID-0002-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Pevar, Stephen L. (Connecticut)
JC-ID-0002-0001 | JC-ID-0002-0002
Pevar, Stephen L. (Colorado)
JC-ID-0002-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Sasser, David (Idaho)
JC-ID-0002-0001 | JC-ID-0002-0002 | JC-ID-0002-9000
Wilson, Timothy D. (Idaho)
JC-ID-0002-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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