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Case Name Allen v. Holladay JC-AR-0009
Docket / Court 4:18-cv-00541-JM-JTR ( E.D. Ark. )
Additional Docket(s) 4:18-cv-00542   [ 18-542 ]  Eastern District of AR (U.S.)
4:18-cv-00543  [ 18-543 ]  Eastern District of AR (U.S.)
4:18-cv-00544  [ 18-544 ]  Eastern District of AR (U.S.)
4:18-cv-00545  [ 18-545 ]  Eastern District of AR (U.S.)
4:18-cv-00546  [ 18-546 ]  Eastern District of AR (U.S.)
4:18-cv-00547  [ 18-547 ]  Eastern District of AR (U.S.)
4:18-cv-00548  [ 18-548 ]  Eastern District of AR (U.S.)
4:18-cv-00549  [ 18-549 ]  Eastern District of AR (U.S.)
4:18-cv-00550  [ 18-550 ]  Eastern District of AR (U.S.)
4:18-cv-00551  [ 18-551 ]  Eastern District of AR (U.S.)
4:18-cv-00552  [ 18-552 ]  Eastern District of AR (U.S.)
4:18-cv-00553  [ 18-553 ]  Eastern District of AR (U.S.)
4:18-cv-00554  [ 18-554 ]  Eastern District of AR (U.S.)
4:18-cv-00555  [ 18-555 ]  Eastern District of AR (U.S.)
4:18-cv-00556  [ 18-556 ]  Eastern District of AR (U.S.)
4:18-cv-00557  [ 18-557 ]  Eastern District of AR (U.S.)
4:18-cv-00558  [ 18-558 ]  Eastern District of AR (U.S.)
4:18-cv-00559  [ 18-559 ]  Eastern District of AR (U.S.)
4:18-cv-00560  [ 18-560 ]  Eastern District of AR (U.S.)
4:18-cv-00561  [ 18-561 ]  Eastern District of AR (U.S.)
4:18-cv-00562  [ 18-562 ]  Eastern District of AR (U.S.)
4:18-cv-00563   [ 18-563 ]  Eastern District of AR (U.S.)
State/Territory Arkansas
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
On August 20, 2018, 23 inmates at the Pulaski County Jail (PCJ) filed a pro se civil class action against the PCJ and six officials of the PCJ in their official and personal capacities in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. The plaintiffs asked the court for monetary and ... read more >
On August 20, 2018, 23 inmates at the Pulaski County Jail (PCJ) filed a pro se civil class action against the PCJ and six officials of the PCJ in their official and personal capacities in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. The plaintiffs asked the court for monetary and injunctive relief, claiming that they were being kept locked in their cells because the jail was not properly staffed.

On September 12, 2018, Judge James Moody Jr. entered an initial order providing guidelines for proceeding pro se and finding that a request for class certification at this stage was premature; accordingly, he severed the case as twenty-three separate lawsuits. On November 1, 2018, Judge Moody dismissed the case without prejudice due to lack of prosecution, as the plaintiff had failed to comply with the court’s order directing him to provide a current mailing address. On November 20, 2018, the plaintiff filed a notice of change of address, and on December 3, 2018, he filed a motion to reopen the case. On February 13, 2019, Magistrate Judge J. Thomas Ray granted the plaintiff’s motion to reopen the case, but directed the plaintiff to file an amended complaint clarifying how he was personally harmed by the alleged constitutional violations and explaining how each defendant was personally involved in violating his constitutional rights. On March 7, 2019, the plaintiff filed an amended complaint.

Twenty-one of the other cases were all dismissed without prejudice due to lack of prosecution by the other inmates. This instant case and one other case (docket no. 4:18-cv-00552), which was also dismissed without prejudice due to lack of prosecution and reopened, are the only two ongoing cases out of the total twenty-three cases initially filed on this matter.

On June 23, 2019, the Magistrate Judge J. Thomas Ray recommended that plaintiff’s complaint and amended complaint be dismissed and the dismissal of the case be counted as a “strike” pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g) (barring inmates from bringing suit if they have previously brought three frivolous lawsuits). The court reasoned that despite its clear instruction to the contrary, the amended complaint “still contains only conclusory allegations that fail to identify any specific individuals, explain how each of them were personally involved in the alleged constitutional violations, or provide any specific facts demonstrating how these alleged constitutional violations resulted in him sustaining any physical injuries,” among other things. The court dismissed the case on July 8, 2019. 2019 WL 2929016.

The plaintiff sought to reopen the case, objecting to the court’s order of dismissal, on July 22, 2019. On July 25, the court declined to reopen the case, as the plaintiff did not put forth any grounds justifying relief from the judgment and order of dismissal.

The plaintiff sought to appeal the case, but his petition for appeal was denied by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on March 11, 2020.

This case is closed.

Lisa Limb - 03/29/2019
Bogyung Lim - 07/23/2020


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Defendant-type
Corrections
General
Assault/abuse by residents/inmates/students
Conditions of confinement
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Pulaski County Jail
Plaintiff Description Plaintiff is an inmate in the Pulaski County Jail who alleged that he and other prisoners were being kept locked in their cells, in violation of their constitutional and civil rights, because the jail is not properly staffed.
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se Yes
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Filed 08/20/2018
Case Closing Year 2020
Case Ongoing No
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Docket(s)
4:18-cv-00541 (E.D. Ark.)
JC-AR-0009-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/18/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 2]
JC-AR-0009-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/20/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [ECF# 20] (E.D. Ark.)
JC-AR-0009-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/13/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Complaint [ECF# 22]
JC-AR-0009-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/23/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Recommended Disposition [ECF# 23]
JC-AR-0009-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/13/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [ECF# 24] (E.D. Ark.)
JC-AR-0009-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/08/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Moody, James Maxwell Jr. (E.D. Ark.) show/hide docs
JC-AR-0009-0005 | JC-AR-0009-9000
Ray, J. Thomas (E.D. Ark.) [Magistrate] show/hide docs
JC-AR-0009-0003 | JC-AR-0009-0004

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