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Case Name Thompson v. Alexander PC-OH-0007
Docket / Court 90-CV-845 ( S.D. Ohio )
State/Territory Ohio
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On November 7, 1990, inmates of the London Correctional Facility filed class action lawsuit, pro se, under 42 USC 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio against officials of the London Correctional Facility.

After appointing private counsel, the District ... read more >
On November 7, 1990, inmates of the London Correctional Facility filed class action lawsuit, pro se, under 42 USC 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio against officials of the London Correctional Facility.

After appointing private counsel, the District Court (Judge John D. Holschuh) denied plaintiffs' original motion to certify the class action. Plaintiffs filed an amended complaint in November 1991 and in May 1992, Judge Holschuh granted plaintiffs' motion to certify the class action.

Plaintiffs alleged a number of conditions, including: overcrowding; improper disciplinary procedures; limited visitation and mail access; inadequate food services and sanitation; inadequate medical care; and racially discriminatory policies. The matter was assigned to Magistrate Judge Norah M. King.

Extensive discovery, including expert evaluations, continued from 1992 until 1997. During this period, Judge King held several status conferences regarding on-going settlement negotiations between the parties. Finally, in April 1997, the plaintiffs approved a private settlement agreement and Judge Holschuh ordered preliminary approval of the agreement pending a fairness hearing before Judge King. After hearing numerous objections, Judge King filed a report and recommendation that the court approve the private settlement agreement. In March 1998, Judge Holschuh issued an opinion and order adopting Judge King's report and recommendation. Limited litigation regarding attorneys' fees continued into 1999.

We do not have, but are attempting to get, a copy of the settlement agreement.

Eoghan Keenan - 06/10/2005


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Assault/abuse by staff
Disciplinary procedures
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Mail
Sanitation / living conditions
Visiting
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Medical care, unspecified
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) London Correctional Institution
Plaintiff Description inmates who were or would be confined at the London Correctional Institution (LOCI)
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 Unknown
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1997 - n/a
Case Closing Year 1999
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)
90-CV-845 (S.D. Ohio) 06/01/2005
PC-OH-0007-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Plaintiffs' First Amended Complaint 11/15/1991
PC-OH-0007-0001 PDF | Detail
Judges Holschuh, John David (S.D. Ohio)
PC-OH-0007-0001 | PC-OH-0007-9000
King, Norah McCann (S.D. Ohio) [Magistrate]
PC-OH-0007-0001 | PC-OH-0007-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Carpenter, Michael Hiram (Ohio)
PC-OH-0007-9000
Fidler, Christopher D. (Ohio)
PC-OH-0007-0001
Kravitz, Max (Ohio)
PC-OH-0007-0001 | PC-OH-0007-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Berry, John Franklin (Ohio)
PC-OH-0007-9000
O'Brien, Carol Hamilton (Ohio)
PC-OH-0007-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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