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Case Name Ortiz v. Turner JC-IL-0004
Docket / Court 77-2099 ( S.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
Inmates in Illinois filed a complaint in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois alleging that prison officials failed to keep Alexander County Jail to minimum standards. Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance and Saint Louis University Law School represented the plaintiffs. Citing ... read more >
Inmates in Illinois filed a complaint in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois alleging that prison officials failed to keep Alexander County Jail to minimum standards. Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance and Saint Louis University Law School represented the plaintiffs. Citing Bush v. Viterna, 795 F.2d 1203 (5th Cir. 1986), JC-TX-0011, Illinois Department of Corrections officials filed a motion to dismiss the complaint. In a January 8, 1987 order, the court (Chief Judge James L. Foreman) granted the motion. Ortiz v. Turner, 651 F. Supp. 309 (S.D. Ill. 1987). The court held that Illinois law does not obligate the Department of Corrections to enforce jail standards. To hold so, the court reasoned, would be to make the State officials vicariously liable for the acts (or failures of action) of county officials, upon whom Illinois law places the responsibility for maintaining the jails.

Ben Kelly - 03/05/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
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Totality of conditions
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action None on record
Defendant(s) Turner
Plaintiff Description Inmates in Alexander County Jail in Illinois
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Unknown
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 1987 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing JC-TX-0011 : Morgan v. City of Houston (S.D. Tex.)
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)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Memorandum and Order 01/08/1987 (651 F.Supp. 309) (S.D. Ill.)
JC-IL-0004-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Foreman, James L. (S.D. Ill., E.D. Ill.)
JC-IL-0004-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Chase, Richard D. (Illinois)
JC-IL-0004-0001
Eastman, Herbert A. (Missouri)
JC-IL-0004-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Schmidt, Thomas (Illinois)
JC-IL-0004-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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