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Case Name Jones v. Wittenberg JC-OH-0001
Docket / Court C70-388 ( N.D. Ohio )
State/Territory Ohio
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
In 1970, inmates at the Lucas County Jail filed a class action suit against several officials associated with the jail. In 1971, the district court for the Northern District of Ohio (Judge Don J. Young) ordered defendants to update the lighting, ventilation, plumbing, paint, and the cell-locking ... read more >
In 1970, inmates at the Lucas County Jail filed a class action suit against several officials associated with the jail. In 1971, the district court for the Northern District of Ohio (Judge Don J. Young) ordered defendants to update the lighting, ventilation, plumbing, paint, and the cell-locking system but denied plaintiffs' request for damages. Jones v. Wittenberg, 330 F. Supp. 707 (N.D. Ohio 1971). The Lucas County Sheriff appealed, and the Sixth Circuit affirmed. Jones v. Metzger, 456 F.2d 854 (6th Cir. 1972).

A few years later, plaintiffs filed a motion for defendants to show cause why they should not be held in contempt, and the district court appointed a Special Master to oversee defendants' compliance with the court's 1971 order. Jones v. Wittenberg, 73 F.R.D. 82 (N.D. Ohio 1976). After the court received reports from the monitor, it found defendants to be in violation of the 1971 order, ordered defendants to come into compliance with the order, and granted additional injunctive relief to plaintiffs. Jones v. Wittenberg, 440 F. Supp. 60 (N.D. Ohio 1977). The docket for this case is not available on PACER, and therefore our information ends with the last reported decision in 1977.

On November 5, 2014, the court ordered specific population restrictions, requiring that the general classified population of the jail not exceed 403 (the count to be taken at 3:00 p.m. each day) and further to ensure that the booking population not exceed 65 at any time.

In order to ensure compliance with the November 2014 order, on September 17, 2015 the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Western Division issued a further order specifying release procedures to be followed by correctional authorities. 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 138712.

Lauren Cutson - 05/26/2005
Lakshmi Gopal - 02/11/2016


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Sanitation / living conditions
Totality of conditions
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Lucas County Jail
Plaintiff Description inmates at the Lucas County Jail
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Unknown
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Order Duration 1971 - n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
3:70-cv-00388-JGC (N.D. Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/22/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Reported Opinion (323 F.Supp. 93) (N.D. Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-0005.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 02/17/1971
Source: Google Scholar
Reported Opinion (330 F.Supp. 707) (N.D. Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 07/09/1971
Source: Google Scholar
Reported Opinion (456 F.2d 854)
JC-OH-0001-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 03/04/1972
Source: Google Scholar
Memorandum (357 F.Supp. 696) (N.D. Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 04/30/1973
Source: Google Scholar
Memorandum and Order (73 F.R.D. 82) (N.D. Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-0006.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 12/17/1976
Source: Google Scholar
Memorandum and Order (440 F.Supp. 60) (N.D. Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 07/29/1977
Source: Google Scholar
Opinion [ECF# 81] (2015 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 138712) (N.D. Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-0008.pdf | LEXIS | Detail
Date: 09/17/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Carr, James G. (FISC, N.D. Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-0008 | JC-OH-0001-9000
Kinneary, Joseph Peter Court not on record
JC-OH-0001-0003
Peck, John Weld II Court not on record
JC-OH-0001-0003
Young, Don John Court not on record
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Monitors/Masters Doyle, Timothy J. (Michigan)
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Bass, Stanley A. (New York)
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Chablani, Aneel L (Ohio)
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Desmond, Marshall R. (Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-0003 | JC-OH-0001-0004 | JC-OH-0001-0005
Frank, R. Michael (Ohio)
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Gorman, Francis X. (Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-0003 | JC-OH-0001-0003 | JC-OH-0001-0004 | JC-OH-0001-0005
Green, Merritt W. (Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-0003 | JC-OH-0001-0005
Harris, John A. III (Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-0003
Lackey, Gerald B. (Ohio)
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Merritt, Frank S. (Ohio)
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Wilker, Dale A. (New York)
JC-OH-0001-0001 | JC-OH-0001-0006
Defendant's Lawyers Borell, John A. Sr. (Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-9000
Byers, Fritz (Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-9000
Friberg, Harry (Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-0003
Hayward, John F. (Ohio)
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Jarrett, Evy M. (Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-9000
Johnson, Willard A. (Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-0001 | JC-OH-0001-0002 | JC-OH-0001-0003 | JC-OH-0001-0004 | JC-OH-0001-0005
Loukx, Adam W. (Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-9000
Pituch, Kevin A. (Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-9000
Pizza, Anthony G. (Ohio)
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Rodgers, Damian M. (Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-9000
Other Lawyers Arnold, W. David (Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-9000
Thompson, Chad M. (Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-9000
Tucker, Robert Charles (Ohio)
JC-OH-0001-9000

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