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Case Name Anderson v. Coughlin PC-NY-0038
Docket / Court 87-141 ( N.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On December 17, 1987, prisoners at the Green Haven and Auburn State Correctional Facilities in New York filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the New York Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. The prisoners, represented by ... read more >
On December 17, 1987, prisoners at the Green Haven and Auburn State Correctional Facilities in New York filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the New York Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. The prisoners, represented by Prisoners' Legal Services of New York and the Prisoners' Rights Project Legal Aid Society, alleged that their civil rights had been violated by the disciplinary procedures used for mentally ill prisoners.

On February 17, 1987, the plaintiffs asked the court to certify them as a class. On March 13, 1990, the magistrate judge Gustave J. DiBianco filed a report recommending that the court certify the class, and the defendants objected to the plaintiff class certification. On March 1, 1988, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York (Judge Neal P. McCurn) certified the class of inmates who suffered from mental illness. Anderson v. Coughlin,10 Fed.R.Serv.3d 1277 (N.D.NY. 1988).

On December 16, 2003, parties entered into a private settlement agreement, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York (Judge McCurn) approved the form of the agreement. On January 27, 2005, the court entered a voluntary stipulation of dismissal, and on April 14, 2005, the court dismissed all remaining claims in the action with prejudice.

Kristen Sagar - 03/10/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Disciplinary procedures
Medical/Mental Health
Mental health care, general
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) New York Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description mentally ill prisoners at the Green Haven and Auburn State Correctional Facilities in New York
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 2003 - 2005
Case Closing Year 2005
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)
87-141 (N.D.N.Y.) 07/28/2005
PC-NY-0038-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum-Decision and Order 03/01/1988 (119 F.R.D. 1) (N.D.N.Y.)
PC-NY-0038-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Settlement Agreement 12/16/2003
PC-NY-0038-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges McCurn, Neal Peters (N.D.N.Y.)
PC-NY-0038-0001 | PC-NY-0038-0002 | PC-NY-0038-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Boston, John (New York)
PC-NY-0038-0001
Fuller, Sarah Betsy (New York)
PC-NY-0038-9000
Goland, Lois (New York)
PC-NY-0038-0002
Kerr, Sarah (New York)
PC-NY-0038-0001 | PC-NY-0038-9000
Leven, David C. (New York)
PC-NY-0038-9000
Murtagh-Monks, Karen L. (New York)
PC-NY-0038-0002 | PC-NY-0038-9000
Sterling, Elizabeth C. (New York)
PC-NY-0038-0001 | PC-NY-0038-9000
Terrizzi, Thomas (New York)
PC-NY-0038-0001 | PC-NY-0038-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Abrams, Robert W. (New York)
PC-NY-0038-0002
Roberts, David B. (New York)
PC-NY-0038-0001 | PC-NY-0038-0002 | PC-NY-0038-9000
Selcov, Robert (New York)
PC-NY-0038-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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