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Case Name Farris v. Franklin County JC-WA-0010
Docket / Court 4:14-cv-05083-SAB ( E.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection Solitary confinement
Attorney Organization Columbia Legal Services (formerly Evergreen)
Case Summary
On August 2, 2014, prisoners at the Franklin County Jail filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Franklin County. The plaintiffs, represented by Columbia Legal Services, claimed that jail officials' excessive use of force and ... read more >
On August 2, 2014, prisoners at the Franklin County Jail filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Franklin County. The plaintiffs, represented by Columbia Legal Services, claimed that jail officials' excessive use of force and the jail's squalid living conditions violated the First, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments. They asked the Court to preliminarily and permanently enjoin the County from permitting such abuses.

The plaintiffs alleged that jail staff regularly utilized restraint chairs and chained prisoners to fixed objects for long periods of time, pepper sprayed prisoners without cause or proper supervision, and locked prisoners in segregation or isolation without cause and in inhumane conditions for up to 23 hours per day. The plaintiffs also claimed that jail officials seized prisoners' property without notice or cause, denied prisoners outdoor exercise, and prohibited prisoners from visiting with friends and family. Furthermore, the plaintiffs alleged that the County did not provide any educational services, programming, or religious services for prisoners. As a result, the plaintiffs suffered emotional, physical and psychological injuries.

On August 5, 2014, the plaintiffs moved for a temporary restraining order barring the County from chaining prisoners to fixed objects. Judge Stanley A. Bastian denied the motion, finding that the plaintiffs failed to make an adequate showing of immediate irreparable harm and because they sought to alter, rather than preserve, the status quo.

On January 12, 2015, Judge Bastian referred the case to Magistrate Judge James P. Hutton for settlement conference. Then, on December 16, 2015, Judge Bastian referred the case to Magistrate Judge John T. Rodgers for settlement conference.

On February 12, 2016, both parties filed a joint motion to stay further proceedings in the litigation. The parties had come to a settlement agreement on February 5, 2016, that was confirmed by Magistrate Judge Rogers. On March 16, 2016, Judge Bastian granted the joint motion.

On March 28, 2016, the plaintiffs filed a motion to certify class for the purposes of settlement and for preliminary approval of settlement. They requested that the court certify a settlement class defined as “All individuals who are now, or in the future will be, detained in the Franklin County Correctional Center during the term of the parties’ Settlement Agreement.”

The settlement agreement required a three year term during which the defendant would be monitored by an independent third party to ensure compliance. The agreement required the defendant to hire additional staff, enter into a new contract for medical services, renovate and repair parts of the jail, adopt new policies, end a 23-hour lockdown policy and other practices, and train jail staff on these new policies and procedures. The court retained jurisdiction over the settlement. Plaintiffs would be awarded reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs as well.

On April 28, 2016, Judge Bastian granted the joint motion to certify class noting that the class was numerous, that there were common questions among class members, and that the representatives were typical of the class.

On July 8, 2016, the plaintiffs filed a motion for settlement requesting final approval which the court granted on July 21, 2016. A few months later, Judge Bastian appointed Phillip Stanley as the monitor for the settlement agreement.

On December 13, 2016, the court granted a joint motion to award plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees and costs, accepting the $400,557.66 as reasonable. There has been no issue with compliance to the settlement agreement that is present in the docket. The case is closed.

Nate West - 10/15/2014
Jake Parker - 05/23/2018


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Due Process
Freedom of speech/association
Content of Injunction
Goals and Timekeeping
Hire
Monitor/Master
Monitoring
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Required disclosure
Training
Defendant-type
Corrections
General
Assault/abuse by staff
Conditions of confinement
Disciplinary procedures
Disciplinary segregation
Excessive force
Good time
Pepper/OC spray
Recreation / Exercise
Restraints : chemical
Restraints : physical
Solitary confinement/Supermax (conditions or process)
Totality of conditions
Visiting
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
State law
Defendant(s) Franklin County
Plaintiff Description Plaintiffs are prisoners at the Franklin County Jail who alleged that jail officials regularly used excessive force and permitted inhumane living conditions.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Columbia Legal Services (formerly Evergreen)
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Attorneys fees
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2016 - 2019
Case Closing Year 2019
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
4:14-cv-05083-SAB (E.D. Wash.)
JC-WA-0010-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/24/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
JC-WA-0010-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/02/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Denying Plaintiffs' Motion for Temporary Restraining Order [ECF# 6] (E.D. Wash.)
JC-WA-0010-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/05/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Complaint [ECF# 21]
JC-WA-0010-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/29/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Denying Plaintiffs' Motion for Reconsideration Re: TRO (2014 WL 4410859) (E.D. Wash.)
JC-WA-0010-0004.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 09/08/2014
Source: Westlaw
Supplemental Complaint [ECF# 50]
JC-WA-0010-0010.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/02/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Joint Status Report and Motion for Stay of Proceedings [ECF# 89]
JC-WA-0010-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/12/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting Motion for Stay of Proceedings [ECF# 90] (E.D. Wash.)
JC-WA-0010-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/16/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiff's Motion for Class Certification, Preliminary Approval of Proposed Class Action Settlement, and Approval of Notice to Class [ECF# 91]
JC-WA-0010-0011.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/28/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting Class Certification and Preliminary Approval of Class Settlement [ECF# 94] (E.D. Wash.)
JC-WA-0010-0007.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/28/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting Approval of Class Settlement [ECF# 106] (E.D. Wash.)
JC-WA-0010-0008.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/21/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting Joint Motion to Award Plaintiff's Attorney's Fees and Costs [ECF# 136] (E.D. Wash.)
JC-WA-0010-0009.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/13/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Bastian, Stanley Allen (E.D. Wash.)
JC-WA-0010-0003 | JC-WA-0010-0004 | JC-WA-0010-0006 | JC-WA-0010-0007 | JC-WA-0010-0008 | JC-WA-0010-0009 | JC-WA-0010-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Carlson, David R. (Washington)
JC-WA-0010-0005
Guy, Anna Catherine (Washington)
JC-WA-0010-0005
Kranzler, Andra (Washington)
JC-WA-0010-0002 | JC-WA-0010-9000
Lee, Melissa R (Washington)
JC-WA-0010-0001 | JC-WA-0010-0002 | JC-WA-0010-0005 | JC-WA-0010-0011 | JC-WA-0010-9000
Straley, Nicholas Broten (Washington)
JC-WA-0010-0001 | JC-WA-0010-0002 | JC-WA-0010-0005 | JC-WA-0010-0011 | JC-WA-0010-9000
Taylor, Rhona (Washington)
JC-WA-0010-0005 | JC-WA-0010-0011
Defendant's Lawyers Justice, John Edward (Washington)
JC-WA-0010-0005 | JC-WA-0010-9000
Kamerrer, William Dale (Washington)
JC-WA-0010-0005 | JC-WA-0010-9000

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