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Case Name Congdon v. Murray PC-VA-0003
Docket / Court 90-536 ( E.D. Va. )
State/Territory Virginia
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On September 19, 1990, prisoners at the Virginia State Penitentiary filed a class action lawsuit for declaratory and injunctive relief under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Virginia Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The plaintiffs, ... read more >
On September 19, 1990, prisoners at the Virginia State Penitentiary filed a class action lawsuit for declaratory and injunctive relief under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Virginia Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The plaintiffs, represented by the National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, alleged that the defendants had violated their rights under the 8th Amendment and the 14th Amendment by subjecting them to life-threatening conditions in the areas of fire safety, environmental health, and environmental safety. Since we only have the complaint for this case on record, we have no further information on the proceedings.

Kristen Sagar - 03/09/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Fire safety
Sanitation / living conditions
Totality of conditions
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Virginia Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description prisoners at the Virginia State Penitentiary
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Unknown
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Unknown
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
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)
90-536 (E.D. Va.) 05/03/1991
PC-VA-0003-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint 09/19/1990
PC-VA-0003-0001 PDF | Detail
Judges Merhige, Robert Reynold Jr. (E.D. Va.)
PC-VA-0003-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Aiyetoro, Adjoa A. (District of Columbia)
PC-VA-0003-0001
Bronstein, Alvin J. (District of Columbia)
PC-VA-0003-0001
Fathi, David Cyrus (District of Columbia)
PC-VA-0003-0001
Pershing, Stephen B. (Virginia)
PC-VA-0003-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Davis, Mark Ralph (Virginia)
PC-VA-0003-9000
Katz, Alan (Virginia)
PC-VA-0003-9000
Rogers, Jeanette Dian (Virginia)
PC-VA-0003-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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