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Case Name Coble v. Texas Department of Corrections PC-TX-0009
Docket / Court H-77-707 ( S.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
In 1977, two citizens of the state of Texas filed a class action lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 against the Texas Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendants had violated their rights ... read more >
In 1977, two citizens of the state of Texas filed a class action lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 against the Texas Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendants had violated their rights by discriminating against them on account of their sex when they applied for employment.

On December 20, 1982, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Judge Norman William Black) held that the TDC's policy of not hiring women to perform any correctional officer functions at male prison units violated Title VII, but the court further held that the TDC's policy of not utilizing female correctional officers in "contact" positions in male prisons did not violate Title VII. The court ordered the defendants to prepare a plan whereby female correctional officers would be routinely employed and utilized at the male prison units in those positions that would protect the privacy interests of inmates. Coble v. Texas Dept of Corrections, No. H-77-707, 1982 WL 1578 (S.D.Tex. Dec. 20, 1982).

On July 25, 1983, the court awarded attorneys fees to the plaintiffs' attorneys. Coble v. Texas Dept of Corrections, 568 F.Supp. 410 (S.D.Tex. 1983).

Kristen Sagar - 03/02/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action None on record
Defendant(s) Texas DOC
Plaintiff Description all women who have applied for employment with the Texas Department of Corrections
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 1982 - n/a
Case Closing Year 1983
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing PC-TX-0006 : Aranda v. Lynaugh (S.D. Tex.)
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
Memorandum and Order 12/20/1982 (1982 WL 1578) (S.D. Tex.)
PC-TX-0009-0002 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Order 07/25/1983 (568 F.Supp. 410) (S.D. Tex.)
PC-TX-0009-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Black, Norman William (S.D. Tex.) [Magistrate]
PC-TX-0009-0001 | PC-TX-0009-0002
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Brender, Arthur J. Jr. (Texas)
PC-TX-0009-0001 | PC-TX-0009-0002
Hinderstein, Carro (Texas)
PC-TX-0009-0001 | PC-TX-0009-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Conroy, Mary Katherine (Texas)
PC-TX-0009-0001 | PC-TX-0009-0002
Gray, Richard Edwin III (Texas)
PC-TX-0009-0001 | PC-TX-0009-0002
White, Mark (Texas)
PC-TX-0009-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

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