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Case Name Vest v. Lubbock County JC-TX-0004
Docket / Court 76-53 ( N.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
In 1976, plaintiff filed a class action suit under section 1983 against the Lubbock County commissioner's court, county commissioners, county judge, county sheriff, and the Texan Commission on Jail Standards. The district court for the Northern District of Texas (Chief Judge Halbert Woodward) ... read more >
In 1976, plaintiff filed a class action suit under section 1983 against the Lubbock County commissioner's court, county commissioners, county judge, county sheriff, and the Texan Commission on Jail Standards. The district court for the Northern District of Texas (Chief Judge Halbert Woodward) consolidated several similar cases and certified plaintiffs' class. Before litigation began, the United States intervened. In 1977, the court held that defendants' actions violated inmates' constitutional rights and granted plaintiffs injunctive relief but denied plaintiffs monetary damages. The injunction addressed food services, security staffing, mail censorship, reading materials, telephone facilities, visitation rights, disciplinary procedures, classification, solitary confinement, and implementation of the injunctive relief. Vest v. Lubbock Co. Comm'r. Ct., 444 F. Supp 824 (N.D. Tex. 1977). According to the original docket, defendants continued to report to the court through 1978. In September of 1980, the court dismissed the case without prejudice due to a lack of activity, but just one month later, the court modified an order from 1977 regarding guard duty. We have the original (non-PACER) docket: it ends in October of 1980 and shows the case as closed.

Lauren Cutson - 05/26/2005


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Classification / placement
Counseling
Disciplinary procedures
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Law library access
Library (non-law) access
Mail
Phone
Visiting
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Lubbock County Jail Facility
Plaintiff Description inmates at the Lubbock County Jail
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Filed Pro Se Unknown
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Unknown
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Order Duration 1976 - 1980
Filing Year 1976
Case Closing Year 1980
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
76-53 (N.D. Tex.)
JC-TX-0004-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/28/1980
General Documents
Memorandum (444 F.Supp. 824) (N.D. Tex.)
JC-TX-0004-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 05/02/1977
Source: Google Scholar
Order of Dismissal (N.D. Tex.)
JC-TX-0004-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/25/1980
Order (N.D. Tex.)
JC-TX-0004-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/28/1980
Correspondence regarding proposed change in procedure
JC-TX-0004-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/07/1980
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Judges Woodward, Halbert Owen (N.D. Tex.) show/hide docs
JC-TX-0004-0001 | JC-TX-0004-0002 | JC-TX-0004-0003 | JC-TX-0004-0004 | JC-TX-0004-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Benson, Daniel H. (Texas) show/hide docs
JC-TX-0004-0004 | JC-TX-0004-9000
Goss, E. Warren (Texas) show/hide docs
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West, Tom (Texas) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Boone, Jack (Texas) show/hide docs
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Dibrell, Joe B. Jr. (Texas) show/hide docs
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Faulks, Yvonne M. (Texas) show/hide docs
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Griffin, Alton R. (Texas) show/hide docs
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McRoberts, Roger (Texas) show/hide docs
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Mighell, Kenneth J. (Texas) show/hide docs
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Montford, John T. (Texas) show/hide docs
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Pottinger, J. Stanley (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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White, Mark (Texas) show/hide docs
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Other Lawyers Hackworth, William M. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Queen, Jesse H. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Vanderhoff, David J.W. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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