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Case Name Campbell v. Cauthron JC-AR-0006
Docket / Court 78-1838 ( W.D. Ark. )
State/Territory Arkansas
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
In 1978, inmates at the Sebastian County jail filed a class action suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Eighth Amendment, alleging that their constitutional rights were violated by overcrowding and lack of exercise, inadequate diet, ... read more >
In 1978, inmates at the Sebastian County jail filed a class action suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Eighth Amendment, alleging that their constitutional rights were violated by overcrowding and lack of exercise, inadequate diet, forced exposure to religious witnessing, restricted visitation privileges, denial of access to newspapers, insufficient medical care, and inadequate security. The United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas (Judge Paul X. Williams) dismissed the class action.

The United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit (Judge Gerald William Heaney) partially reversed and remanded, holding that the jail was unconstitutionally overcrowded and that many prisoners are deprived of exercise. Additionally, the court held that the diet was deficient, and inmates were being unconstitutionally exposed to religious witnessing against their will. On the other issues the 8th Circuit affirmed the District Court. Campbell v. Cauthron, 623 F.2d 503 (8th Cir. 1980). The docket was not available on PACER, and, accordingly, we do not have further information on the case.

David Terry - 03/08/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Recreation / Exercise
Religious programs / policies
Sanitation / living conditions
Totality of conditions
Visiting
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, unspecified
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Sebastian County Jail
Plaintiff Description inmates at the Sebastian County Jail in Arkansas
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer Unknown
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Order Duration 1980 - 1980
Case Ongoing No reason to think so
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Reported Opinion (623 F.2d 503)
JC-AR-0006-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 05/29/1980
Source: Google Scholar
Judges Gibson, Floyd Robert Court not on record
JC-AR-0006-0001
Heaney, Gerald William Court not on record
JC-AR-0006-0001
Plaintiff's Lawyers Horan, Matthew T. (Arkansas)
JC-AR-0006-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Fields, Ronald G. (Arkansas)
JC-AR-0006-0001
Porter, J. Lamar (Arkansas)
JC-AR-0006-0001

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