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Case Name Castillo v. Cameron County, TX JC-TX-0005
Docket / Court 1:93-cv-00260 ( 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
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
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 outcome Granted
Filed Pro Se Unknown
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Unknown
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Order Duration 1994 - 2002
Filed 12/10/1993
Case Closing Year 2002
Case Ongoing No
Court Docket(s)
S.D. Tex.
04/26/2002
93-260
JC-TX-0005-9000.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
S.D. Tex.
12/10/1993
Complaint [ECF# 1]
JC-TX-0005-0002.pdf | Detail
S.D. Tex.
01/12/1994
Third Party Complaint [ECF# 6]
JC-TX-0005-0003.pdf | Detail
S.D. Tex.
01/21/1994
First Amended Complaint [ECF# 7]
JC-TX-0005-0004.pdf | Detail
S.D. Tex.
09/14/1994
Memorandum Decision and Order [ECF# 64]
JC-TX-0005-0005.pdf | Detail
S.D. Tex.
10/02/1997
Amended Temporary Interlocutory Order [ECF# 87]
JC-TX-0005-0012.pdf | Detail
S.D. Tex.
07/29/1999
Stipulation of Facts and Affidavit of Captain Luis Esparza [ECF# 110]
JC-TX-0005-0006.pdf | Detail
U.S. Court of Appeals
01/05/2001
Reported Opinion (238 F.3d 339)
JC-TX-0005-0015.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Source: Google Scholar
S.D. Tex.
06/29/2001
Final Judgment and Permanent Injunction [ECF# 148]
JC-TX-0005-0007.pdf | Detail
S.D. Tex.
08/17/2001
Judgment Nunc Tunc [ECF# 152]
JC-TX-0005-0008.pdf | Detail
S.D. Tex.
04/26/2002
Complete Release of All Claims [ECF# 154]
JC-TX-0005-0009.pdf | Detail
S.D. Tex.
04/26/2002
Complete Release of All Claims [ECF# 155]
JC-TX-0005-0010.pdf | Detail
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Judges Black, John William (S.D. Tex.) show/hide docs
JC-TX-0005-0005 | JC-TX-0005-0007 | JC-TX-0005-0008 | JC-TX-0005-0012 | JC-TX-0005-9000
Furgeson, William Royal Jr. (W.D. Tex.) show/hide docs
JC-TX-0005-0015
King, Carolyn Dineen (Fifth Circuit) show/hide docs
JC-TX-0005-0015
Parker, Robert Manley (E.D. Tex., Fifth Circuit) show/hide docs
JC-TX-0005-0015
Plaintiff's Lawyers Cowen, Michael R. (Texas) show/hide docs
JC-TX-0005-0006 | JC-TX-0005-0009 | JC-TX-0005-0015 | JC-TX-0005-9000
Livesay, Keith Clark (Texas) show/hide docs
JC-TX-0005-0015
Martinez, Juan Jose (Texas) show/hide docs
JC-TX-0005-0002 | JC-TX-0005-0004 | JC-TX-0005-0010
Mendoza, Robert Hernandez (Texas) show/hide docs
JC-TX-0005-0002 | JC-TX-0005-0004 | JC-TX-0005-9000
Stapleton, Ed (Texas) show/hide docs
JC-TX-0005-0002 | JC-TX-0005-0004
White, Carter C. (Texas) show/hide docs
JC-TX-0005-0002 | JC-TX-0005-0004
Defendant's Lawyers Burst, Richard Otto (Texas) show/hide docs
JC-TX-0005-0003 | JC-TX-0005-0006 | JC-TX-0005-0015 | JC-TX-0005-9000
Coleman, Gregory Scott (Texas) show/hide docs
JC-TX-0005-0015
Felfe, Sharon (Texas) show/hide docs
JC-TX-0005-9000
Jeffries, Dylbia L. (Texas) show/hide docs
JC-TX-0005-0015 | JC-TX-0005-9000
Lionberger, Philip Andrew (Texas) show/hide docs
JC-TX-0005-0015 | JC-TX-0005-9000
Maeso, Daniel E. (Texas) show/hide docs
JC-TX-0005-0015 | JC-TX-0005-9000
Saenz, Luis V. (Texas) show/hide docs
JC-TX-0005-0003

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