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Case Name Mitchell v. Cuomo PC-NY-0035
Docket / Court Docket No. Not Available ( E.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
In 1984, inmates at the Long Island Correctional Facility (LICF) in New York filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the New York State Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. The defendants planned to close the LICF and transfer the ... read more >
In 1984, inmates at the Long Island Correctional Facility (LICF) in New York filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the New York State Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. The defendants planned to close the LICF and transfer the inmates to other facilities in the state, all of which were overcrowded. The plaintiffs alleged that their constitutional rights would be violated if they were transferred, and they asked the court to enjoin the defendants from closing the facility.

In January 1984, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York (Judge Frank Altimari) granted a preliminary injunction to the plaintiffs, preventing the defendants from closing the facility before the trial was complete. The defendants appealed.

On November 26, 1984, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (Judge George Pratt and Judge Joseph Lumbard for the majority, with Judge Henry Friendly dissenting) affirmed, holding that the district court had not abused its discretion in granting the preliminary injunction. Mitchell v. Cuomo, 748 F.2d 804 (2nd Cir. 1984). We have no further information on the proceedings in this case.

Kristen Sagar - 08/15/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Preliminary relief granted
General
Classification / placement
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) New York State Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description State prison inmates claiming that the plan to close the prison facility and transfer them to overcrowded facilities would violate their eight and fourteenth amendment rights against cruel and unusual punishment
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 Preliminary injunction / Temp. restraining order
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 1984 - 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
Reported Opinion 11/26/1984 (748 F.2d 804)
PC-NY-0035-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Friendly, Henry Jacob (Second Circuit)
PC-NY-0035-0001
Lumbard, Joseph Edward (Second Circuit)
PC-NY-0035-0001
Pratt, George Cheney (Second Circuit, E.D.N.Y.)
PC-NY-0035-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Friedman, Leon (New York)
PC-NY-0035-0001
Steel, John H. (New York)
PC-NY-0035-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Abrams, Robert W. (New York)
PC-NY-0035-0001
Butler, Barbara B. (New York)
PC-NY-0035-0001
Zwickel, Howard L. (New York)
PC-NY-0035-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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