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Case Name Hallett v. Payne PC-WA-0002
Docket / Court C93-5496 ( W.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On August 31, 1993, inmates at the Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW) filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the facility's health care manager and superintendent alleging that ... read more >
On August 31, 1993, inmates at the Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW) filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the facility's health care manager and superintendent alleging that healthcare in the prison violated the Eighth Amendment. Plaintiffs were represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, Columbia Legal Services, the Public Interest Law Group, and the ACLU's National Prison Project.

The parties entered into a consent decree on January 12, 1995 governing the quality and availability of medical, dental, and health care services at the prison. The parties also agreed to independent monitoring. The decree was to expire on January 12, 1999 unless extended. Plaintiffs moved to extend and to hold defendants in contempt for failure to comply with the decree. On December 22, 1999, following an evidentiary hearing, the court (Judge Franklin D. Burgess) denied plaintiffs' motion and granted defendants' motion to terminate the decree. On April 26, 2002, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (Judge Susan Graber) affirmed the district court's denial of plaintiffs' motion to extend jurisdiction but reversed the district court's denial of one of plaintiffs' motions for contempt. Hallett v. Morgan, 287 F.3d 1193 (9th Cir. 2002). The opinion was amended twice, with the second amended opinion issues on August 2, 2002. Hallett v. Morgan, 296 F.3d 732 (9th Cir. 2002). The district court was ordered to consider whether the defendants had failed to comply with the medical services provision of the judgment on remand. The parties reached a settlement regarding this issue on May 28, 2004 and Judge Burgess dismissed the case on June 14, 2004. There is no information available regarding the detail of the settlement agreement.

Angela Heverling - 05/18/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Medical/Mental Health
Dental care
Medical care, general
Mental health care, general
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Washington Correction Center for Women
Plaintiff Description inmates at the Washington Corrections Center for Women
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 1995 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2004
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)
C93-5496 (W.D. Wash.) 08/18/2004
PC-WA-0002-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
First Amended Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief 10/12/1993
PC-WA-0002-0001 PDF | Detail
Stipulation and Judgment 01/12/1995 (W.D. Wash.)
PC-WA-0002-0002 PDF | Detail
Opinion 04/26/2002 (287 F.3d 1193)
PC-WA-0002-0005 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Order 08/02/2002 (296 F.3d 732)
PC-WA-0002-0004 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Settlement Agreement 05/28/2004
PC-WA-0002-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Benton, Monica J. (W.D. Wash.) [Magistrate]
PC-WA-0002-0003
Burgess, Franklin D. (W.D. Wash.) [Magistrate]
PC-WA-0002-0002 | PC-WA-0002-9000
Gould, Ronald Murray (Ninth Circuit)
PC-WA-0002-0004
Graber, Susan (Ninth Circuit)
PC-WA-0002-0004 | PC-WA-0002-0005
Strombom, Karen L. (W.D. Wash.) [Magistrate]
PC-WA-0002-9000
Thomas, Sidney Runyan (Ninth Circuit)
PC-WA-0002-0004
Wilson, David E. (W.D. Wash.) [Magistrate]
PC-WA-0002-0001 | PC-WA-0002-0002
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Arthur, Patricia J. (Washington)
PC-WA-0002-0001 | PC-WA-0002-0002 | PC-WA-0002-0003 | PC-WA-0002-0004 | PC-WA-0002-0005 | PC-WA-0002-9000
Balson, Hank L. (Washington)
PC-WA-0002-9000
Borson, Heidi (Washington)
PC-WA-0002-9000
Caplan, Aaron H. (Washington)
PC-WA-0002-0003 | PC-WA-0002-0005 | PC-WA-0002-9000
Crollard, Jeff B. (Washington)
PC-WA-0002-9000
Fairhurst, Mary E. (Washington)
PC-WA-0002-9000
Fathi, David Cyrus (District of Columbia)
PC-WA-0002-0003 | PC-WA-0002-0005 | PC-WA-0002-9000
Frank, Katrin E. (Washington)
PC-WA-0002-0002 | PC-WA-0002-0003 | PC-WA-0002-0005 | PC-WA-0002-9000
Helson, Janet M. (Washington)
PC-WA-0002-9000
McLemore, Mary Megan (Washington)
PC-WA-0002-9000
Midgley, John (Washington)
PC-WA-0002-9000
Niemann, Angela M. (Washington)
PC-WA-0002-9000
Starbird, Carolyn (Washington)
PC-WA-0002-0002 | PC-WA-0002-9000
Tsai, Amy Chia-Mei (Washington)
PC-WA-0002-9000
Wagner, Patricia H. (Washington)
PC-WA-0002-9000
Willey, Stephen C. (Washington)
PC-WA-0002-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Carey, Cheryl (Washington)
PC-WA-0002-0002 | PC-WA-0002-9000
DeMarco, Pat L. (Washington)
PC-WA-0002-9000
Gregoire, Christine O. (Washington)
PC-WA-0002-0003
Judge, Daniel J. (Washington)
PC-WA-0002-0002 | PC-WA-0002-9000
Mentzer, Eric (Washington)
PC-WA-0002-9000
Miller, Aileen B. (Washington)
PC-WA-0002-0003 | PC-WA-0002-9000
Murphy, Carol A. (Washington)
PC-WA-0002-0003 | PC-WA-0002-0004 | PC-WA-0002-0005 | PC-WA-0002-9000
Myers, William Andrew (Washington)
PC-WA-0002-0004 | PC-WA-0002-0005 | PC-WA-0002-9000
Riveland, Chase (Washington)
PC-WA-0002-0002
Samson, John Joseph (Washington)
PC-WA-0002-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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