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Case Name Mickens v. Winston JC-VA-0006
Docket / Court 76-429 ( E.D. Va. )
State/Territory Virginia
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
An inmate at the Richmond City Jail in Virginia filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Virginia Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The plaintiff alleged that his constitutional rights had been violated by racial ... read more >
An inmate at the Richmond City Jail in Virginia filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Virginia Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The plaintiff alleged that his constitutional rights had been violated by racial discrimination in the jail's classification procedures.

On December 26, 1976, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (Judge Robert Merhige) held that the plaintiff's rights had been violated by racial discrimination in the jail's classification procedures and awarded the plaintiff $250 in compensatory damages. Mickens v. Winston, 462 F.Supp. 910 (E.D.Va. 1978). The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed. Mickens v. Winston, 609 F.2d 508 (4th Cir. 1979). We have no further information in the proceedings in this case.

Kristen Sagar - 04/14/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
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Classification / placement
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Virginia Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description City jail inmate alleging racial segregation of jail
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Unknown
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Order Duration 1976 - n/a
Case Ongoing No reason to think so
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Memorandum (462 F.Supp. 910) (E.D. Va.)
JC-VA-0006-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 12/26/1978
Source: Google Scholar
Reported Opinion (609 F.2d 508)
JC-VA-0006-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 09/26/1979
Judges Merhige, Robert Reynold Jr. Court not on record
JC-VA-0006-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Hopper, James Walter (Virginia)
JC-VA-0006-0001

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