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Case Name Castillo v. Cameron County, TX JC-TX-0005
Docket / Court 93-260 ( S.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
In 1993, plaintiffs in Cameron County Jail brought a section 1983 class action suit against the county alleging that the overcrowded conditions in the jail amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. The district court for the Southern District of Texas (Judge John William Black) certified ... read more >
In 1993, plaintiffs in Cameron County Jail brought a section 1983 class action suit against the county alleging that the overcrowded conditions in the jail amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. The district court for the Southern District of Texas (Judge John William Black) certified plaintiffs' class and allowed the county to implead the State of Texas as a third-party defendant because the state failed to transfer ""paper ready"" inmates to state correctional facilities. In 1994, the court entered an injunction requiring the state to remove state-ready felons from the county jail and requiring the county to implement a plan to reduce population levels and submit progress reports to the court. The court subsequently amended the injunction to ensure further population reduction at the jail. In 1999, the court dismissed the state as a party pursuant to the 1996 Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) but denied the state's motion to terminate the 1994 injunction. The state appealed, and the Fifth Circuit vacated the district court's 1999 order and remanded the case for further proceedings to ensure compliance with PLRA. Castillo v. Cameron Co., 238 F.3d 339 (5th Cir. 2001). According to the docket from PACER, Cameron County won a motion for summary judgment in 2002, and the court closed the case. We have several documents from this case from PACER, including the complaint, amended complaint, third-party complaint, orders, final judgment, and releases of all claims. More documents are available via PACER.

Lauren Cutson - 05/26/2005


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Pre-PLRA Population Cap
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Cameron County Jail
Plaintiff Description inmates in the Cameron 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 1994 - 2002
Case Closing Year 2002
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Docket(s)
93-260 (S.D. Tex.)
JC-TX-0005-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/26/2002
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint
JC-TX-0005-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/10/1993
Third Party Complaint
JC-TX-0005-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/12/1994
First Amended Complaint
JC-TX-0005-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/21/1994
Memorandum Decision and Order (S.D. Tex.)
JC-TX-0005-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/14/1994
Amended Temporary Interlocutory Order (S.D. Tex.)
JC-TX-0005-0012.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/02/1997
Stipulation of Facts and Affidavit of Captain Luis Esparza
JC-TX-0005-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/29/1999
Reported Opinion (238 F.3d 339)
JC-TX-0005-0015.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 01/05/2001
Source: Google Scholar
Final Judgment and Permanent Injunction (S.D. Tex.)
JC-TX-0005-0007.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/29/2001
Judgment Nunc Tunc (S.D. Tex.)
JC-TX-0005-0008.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/17/2001
Complete Release of All Claims
JC-TX-0005-0009.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/26/2002
Complete Release of All Claims
JC-TX-0005-0010.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/26/2002
Judges Black, John William (S.D. Tex.)
JC-TX-0005-0005 | JC-TX-0005-0007 | JC-TX-0005-0008 | JC-TX-0005-0012 | JC-TX-0005-9000
Furgeson, William Royal Jr. Court not on record
JC-TX-0005-0015
King, Carolyn Dineen Court not on record
JC-TX-0005-0015
Parker, Robert Manley Court not on record
JC-TX-0005-0015
Plaintiff's Lawyers Cowen, Michael R. (Texas)
JC-TX-0005-0006 | JC-TX-0005-0009 | JC-TX-0005-0015 | JC-TX-0005-9000
Livesay, Keith Clark (Texas)
JC-TX-0005-0015
Martinez, Juan Jose (Texas)
JC-TX-0005-0002 | JC-TX-0005-0004 | JC-TX-0005-0010
Mendoza, Robert Hernandez (Texas)
JC-TX-0005-0002 | JC-TX-0005-0004 | JC-TX-0005-9000
Stapleton, Ed (Texas)
JC-TX-0005-0002 | JC-TX-0005-0004
White, Carter C. (Texas)
JC-TX-0005-0002 | JC-TX-0005-0004
Defendant's Lawyers Burst, Richard Otto (Texas)
JC-TX-0005-0003 | JC-TX-0005-0006 | JC-TX-0005-0015 | JC-TX-0005-9000
Coleman, Gregory Scott (Texas)
JC-TX-0005-0015
Felfe, Sharon (Texas)
JC-TX-0005-9000
Jeffries, Dylbia L. (Texas)
JC-TX-0005-0015 | JC-TX-0005-9000
Lionberger, Philip Andrew (Texas)
JC-TX-0005-0015 | JC-TX-0005-9000
Maeso, Daniel E. (Texas)
JC-TX-0005-0015 | JC-TX-0005-9000
Saenz, Luis V. (Texas)
JC-TX-0005-0003

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