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Case Name Streit v. County of Los Angeles JC-CA-0047
Docket / Court 2:98-cv-09575-CW ( C.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection Strip Search Cases
Case Summary
This case, Streit v. the County of Los Angeles, was one of many cases filed against the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department [LASD] in the late 1990s and early 2000 that challenged various alleged policies and/or practices of the LASD and the operation of its Jail. The suit in Streit was filed ... read more >
This case, Streit v. the County of Los Angeles, was one of many cases filed against the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department [LASD] in the late 1990s and early 2000 that challenged various alleged policies and/or practices of the LASD and the operation of its Jail. The suit in Streit was filed on November 30, 1998 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Streit alleged that she was subject to "overdetention" - that she were detained in the L.A. County Jail after all legal justification for her detention ended, in violation of both federal and state law.

Defendants moved to dismiss the case on various grounds. Presiding District Judge William J. Rea denied the motion. Defendants appealed, but the Ninth Circuit affirmed in a consolidated appeal, with the opinion being written by Circuit Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw. Streit v. County of Los Angeles, 236 F.3d 552 (9th Cir. 2001) (holding that Los Angeles County would be subject to liability under § 1983; the sheriff's department was "public entity'' that could be subject to suit; and sheriff's department was not entitled to Eleventh Amendment immunity).

On February 27, 2001, the district court stayed further action in the case while the parties pursued settlement negotiations. Eventually, Streit was consolidated with the lead case, Williams v. Block, Case No. CV-97-03826-WJR (C.D.Cal.) [JC-CA-33].

Four settlement status reports were filed with the district court. The LASD entered into a global settlement agreement, filed in November 2001, that resolved issues in the Streit case and some dozen other lawsuits pending in federal and state court. Plaintiffs in those suits fell into three classes: 1) "overdetentions" (i.e., persons not released from custody from the Los Angeles County jails within a reasonable period of time after they became entitled to release); 2) strip and/or visual body cavity searches of persons who had been returned to jail from court to be processed for release; and 3) wrong warrant arrests and detentions (persons arrested on a warrant that in fact was for another person, and held for an unreasonable period of time before being released). As part of the settlement, LASD eventually agreed to pay $27 million in damages and also agreed to institute major injunctive-type reforms. The class damages portion of the settlement was handled by the court in Williams v. Block [See JC-CA-33 for a case summary]. The injunctive component was resolved and approved in the state court case, Riley v. the County of Los Angeles. [See JC-CA-56 for a case summary].

We have no information reflecting any post-settlement activity in the case.

Dan Dalton - 01/21/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
General
Over/Unlawful Detention
Search policies
Strip search policy
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
State law
Defendant(s) Los Angeles County
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
Plaintiff Description Consolidated cases contain three classes of situations to which individuals had been subjected that would make them eligible to join the class action: (1) Overdetentions, (2) Body Cavity Search, (3) Wrong Warrant.
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 Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2002
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing JC-CA-0033 : Williams v. County of Los Angeles (C.D. Cal.)
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)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ]

  Jail Strip-Search Cases: Patterns and Participants
http://law.duke.edu/journals/lcp
By: Margo Schlanger (Washington University in St. Louis)
Citation: 71 Law & Contemp. Problems 65 (2008)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
2:98-cv-09575-CW (C.D. Cal.) 11/27/2002
JC-CA-0047-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
2:97-cv-03826-CW (C.D. Cal.) 11/24/2003
JC-CA-0047-9001 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order Denying Defendant Estate of Sherman Block's Motion to Dismiss 07/12/1999 (C.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0047-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Appellate Decision 01/12/2001 (236 F.3d 552)
JC-CA-0047-0003 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Memorandum Decision [Re: Writ of Certiorari] 10/01/2001 (534 U.S. 823)
JC-CA-0047-0004 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Order Re Settlement, Release and Dismissal of Claims in Class Action 11/27/2002 (C.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0047-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Ferguson, Warren John (Ninth Circuit, C.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0047-0003
Pregerson, Harry (Ninth Circuit, C.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0047-0003
Rea, William J. (C.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0047-0001
Wardlaw, Kim McLane (Ninth Circuit, C.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0047-0003
Woehrle, Carla M. (C.D. Cal.) [Magistrate]
JC-CA-0047-0002 | JC-CA-0047-9000 | JC-CA-0047-9001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Burton, John C. (California)
JC-CA-0047-0003 | JC-CA-0047-9000 | JC-CA-0047-9001
Cook, Donald W. (California)
JC-CA-0047-9000 | JC-CA-0047-9001
Garcia, Miguel F. (California)
JC-CA-0047-9001
Litt, Barrett S. (California)
JC-CA-0047-0002 | JC-CA-0047-0003 | JC-CA-0047-9001
Mann, Robert Frederick (California)
JC-CA-0047-9000 | JC-CA-0047-9001
Midgley, Timothy J. (California)
JC-CA-0047-9000 | JC-CA-0047-9001
Moest, Robert C. (California)
JC-CA-0047-0003 | JC-CA-0047-9001
Soifer, Mary A. (California)
JC-CA-0047-9000 | JC-CA-0047-9001
Defendant's Lawyers Allen, Michael D. (California)
JC-CA-0047-9000
Beach, Paul B (California)
JC-CA-0047-0002
Brazile, Kevin C. (California)
JC-CA-0047-9001
Lawrence, David D. (California)
JC-CA-0047-0003 | JC-CA-0047-9000 | JC-CA-0047-9001
MacLatchie, Scott D. (California)
JC-CA-0047-0003 | JC-CA-0047-9000 | JC-CA-0047-9001
Spencer, Chandra G. (California)
JC-CA-0047-0003 | JC-CA-0047-9000 | JC-CA-0047-9001
Other Lawyers Norris, Donald G. (California)
JC-CA-0047-9001
Rosen, Roger M (California)
JC-CA-0047-9001

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