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Case Name Delgado v. Cady PC-WI-0006
Docket / Court 79-1018 ( E.D. Wis. )
State/Territory Wisconsin
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
Prisoners at the Wisconsin State Prison filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Wisconsin Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. The plaintiffs alleged that their constitutional rights had been violated by double celling, ... read more >
Prisoners at the Wisconsin State Prison filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Wisconsin Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. The plaintiffs alleged that their constitutional rights had been violated by double celling, overcrowding, inadequate medical care, inadequate prison security, inadequate mental health staffing, and inadequate social worker staffing.

On December 28, 1983, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin (Judge Robert Warren) held that the space available to each prisoner during double celling was constitutionally adequate, that coerced double celling of inmates with suicidal cellmates was unconstitutional, that the double celled prisoners were given constitutionally adequate amounts of time outside their cells, that prison security, medical, social worker, and mental health staffing was not unconstitutionally deficient, that triple celling was not constitutional except as a temporary holding procedure, and that housing a small number of severely mentally disturbed prisoners in an adjustment center for problem prisoners was constitutional. Delgado v. Cady, 576 F.Supp. 1446 (E.D.Wis. 1983). We have no further information on the proceedings in this case.

Kristen Sagar - 04/13/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
General
Administrative segregation
Classification / placement
Recreation / Exercise
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Suicide prevention
Totality of conditions
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Wisconsin Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description All persons who are or become...confined at the Waupun Correctional Institution and who are...subject to double-celling in a cell designed for occupancy by a single inmate.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 1983 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
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)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Decision and Order 12/28/1983 (576 F.Supp. 1446) (E.D. Wis.)
PC-WI-0006-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Warren, Robert Willis (FISCR, E.D. Wis.)
PC-WI-0006-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Casey, Kenneth P (Wisconsin)
PC-WI-0006-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Repasky, Robert D. (Wisconsin)
PC-WI-0006-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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