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Case Name Jackson v. Artison JC-WI-0002
Docket / Court 88-C-64 ( E.D. Wis. )
State/Territory Wisconsin
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Attorney Organization ACLU National (all projects)
ACLU National Prison Project
Case Summary
In 1988, plaintiffs filed a class action suit in the district court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin on behalf of all present and future inmates at the Milwaukee County Jail. The court (Judge Thomas Curran) certified the class and consolidated several cases with similar issues, including ... read more >
In 1988, plaintiffs filed a class action suit in the district court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin on behalf of all present and future inmates at the Milwaukee County Jail. The court (Judge Thomas Curran) certified the class and consolidated several cases with similar issues, including Williams-El (JC-WI-003). In 1990, the court entered a consent decree to address overcrowding in the jail. Jackson v. Artison, 1990 WL 367622 (E.D. Wis. 1990). According to the docket from PACER, the court dissolved the consent decree in 1996. Late that year, someone, presumably a class member who was not a named plaintiff, moved to vacate and set aside the court's judgment orders. That would-be plaintiff appealed his case to the Seventh Circuit, but the appeal was dismissed.

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) Milwaukee County Jail
Plaintiff Description all present and future inmates at the Milwaukee County Jail
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU National (all projects)
ACLU National Prison Project
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 Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1990 - 1996
Case Closing Year 1996
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
87-1128 (E.D. Wis.)
JC-WI-0002-9001.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/24/1996
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Consent Decree (1990 WL 367622) (E.D. Wis.)
JC-WI-0002-0001.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 07/19/1990
Judges Curran, Thomas John Court not on record
JC-WI-0002-9001
Plaintiff's Lawyers Canright, Catherine M. (Wisconsin)
JC-WI-0002-9001
Defendant's Lawyers Ott, Robert G. (Wisconsin)
JC-WI-0002-9001

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