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Case Name Doe v. Meachum PC-CT-0005
Docket / Court 88-562 ( D. Conn. )
State/Territory Connecticut
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization (Yale)
Case Summary
[For unknown reasons, the docket does not begin with the complaint, but instead begins with a 1988 order and skips ahead nearly three years to a motion filed in 1991.]

On August 15, 1988, inmates brought this class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the ... read more >
[For unknown reasons, the docket does not begin with the complaint, but instead begins with a 1988 order and skips ahead nearly three years to a motion filed in 1991.]

On August 15, 1988, inmates brought this class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut challenging the policies and practices of the Connecticut Department of Corrections ("DOC") pertaining to the care, custody and confidentiality issues of inmates with AIDS, AIDS-Related Complex (ARC) or HIV infections. The inmates were represented by attorneys from the Legal Services Organization at Yale Law School, the Connecticut Civil Liberties Union Foundation, and the Center for Children's Advocacy.

On February 10, 1989, Judge Peter Dorsey certified the plaintiff class. The class consisted of all persons who were at any time since August 15, 1985, or would be, subject to the care and custody of the DOC, but excluding the individuals in the class certified in Smith v. Meachum, also in this Clearinghouse (PC-CT-0008). The plaintiffs sought interim relief of their claims relating to deficiencies in the provision of information about HIV infection to the inmate population and inadequate counseling of inmates regarding the results of HIV-related tests.

A consent judgment was filed on November 2, 1990, regarding health care for HIV-infected inmates and the confidentiality of HIV-related information. These provisions included sections on intake and assessment, delivery of routine health services, access to medical care for acute illnesses, drug therapies, health care records, prescription and administration of medications, emergency kits, diet, mental health care, dental care, eye care and additional criteria for HIV-infected women, discharge planning, housing of symptomatic HIV-infected inmates, staff education, staffing, quality assurance, confidentiality and monitoring. An Agreement Monitoring Panel (AMP) was to be established to monitor compliance with the Judgment. The AMP was to provide monitoring reports, and the DOC was also required to submit written compliance reports. 1990 WL 261348.

Magistrate Judge Joan Margolis approved the Consent Judgment, and notice was given to interested parties. District Judge Jose Cabranes approved the Consent Judgment on December 6, 1990.

The docket begins with a 1988 order referring the case to Magistrate Judge Margolis, signed by Judge Cabranes, and skips ahead nearly three years to a motion by plaintiffs filed on August 5, 1991 for injunctive relief and enforcement of judgment. The docket indicates that several compliance reports and AMP reports were filed between 1991 and 1993.

On October 7, 1993, Judge Cabranes issued an order stating that in accordance with colloquy with counsel on the record in open court at a hearing on October 4, 1993, the case was to be closed by October 18, 1993 if no objection was received. On April 26, 1994, Judge Cabranes issued an Order of Dismissal, and the case was closed.

The next entry on the docket indicated that a letter was sent to the court by plaintiffs on May 2, 1994, and on May 6, 1994, the court modified the Order of Dismissal such that the action was to remain under the court's active supervision with respect to monitoring the defendants' compliance with the Consent Judgments.

On November 19, 1998, the case was reassigned to Judge Christopher Droney. Monitoring continued, and status conferences were held periodically. On January 29, 2001, Judge Droney issued an order giving consent to trial before Magistrate Judge Margolis. Several other status conferences were held, and on February 24, 2003 the court ordered the State of Connecticut to reimburse Plaintiffs' counsel for services rendered from May 2000 through February 2003.

As of March 2018, there has been little docket activity, but occasional status conferences are held.

Kristen Sagar - 06/24/2007
Will McCartney - 03/16/2018


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Content of Injunction
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Defendant-type
Corrections
General
Administrative segregation
Classification / placement
Conditions of confinement
Confidentiality
Education
Juveniles
Record-keeping
Records Disclosure
Medical/Mental Health
HIV/AIDS
Medical care, general
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Connecticut Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description Inmates in the Connecticut Department of Corrections with AIDS, AIDS-Related Complex, or other HIV infections
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization (Yale)
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1990 - n/a
Filing Year 1988
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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  Civil Rights Injunctions Over Time: A Case Study of Jail and Prison Court Orders
N.Y.U. Law Review
Date: May 2006
By: Margo Schlanger (Washington University Faculty)
Citation: 81 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 550 (2006)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

  Judicial Policy Making and the Modern State: How the Courts Reformed America's Prisons
Book
Date: Jan. 1, 1998
By: Malcolm M. Feeley & Edward Rubin (UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law & Vanderbilt School of Law Faculty Faculty)
Citation: (1998)
[ Detail ]

Docket(s)
88-562 (D. Conn.)
PC-CT-0005-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/08/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint
PC-CT-0005-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/15/1988
Ruling on Objection to Magistrate's Ruling and Protective Order (126 F.R.D. 437) (D. Conn.)
PC-CT-0005-0006.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 11/22/1988
Source: Google Scholar
Ruling Following In Camera Review of Documents (126 F.R.D. 437) (D. Conn.)
PC-CT-0005-0007.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 12/06/1988
Source: Google Scholar
Recommended Ruling on Plaintiffs' Motion For Class Certification (126 F.R.D. 442) (D. Conn.)
PC-CT-0005-0008.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 02/10/1989
Source: Google Scholar
Protective Order (126 F.R.D. 450) (D. Conn.)
PC-CT-0005-0010.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 03/22/1989
Source: Google Scholar
Ruling on Plaintiffs' Motion to Testify in Fictitious Names and in Chambers (126 F.R.D. 452) (D. Conn.)
PC-CT-0005-0011.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 03/27/1989
Source: Google Scholar
Ruling on Plaintiffs' Motion to Compel (126 F.R.D. 444) (D. Conn.)
PC-CT-0005-0009.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 04/12/1989
Source: Google Scholar
Ruling on Defendants' Request for Permission to Disclose the Identities of Certain Named Plaintiffs to Department of Correction Staff and for Partial Modification of the Protective Order Dated October 27, 1988 (126 F.R.D. 456) (D. Conn.)
PC-CT-0005-0012.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 04/12/1989
Source: Google Scholar
Ruling on Four Motions for Reconsideration (126 F.R.D. 458) (D. Conn.)
PC-CT-0005-0013.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 04/21/1989
Source: Google Scholar
Ruling on Plaintiffs' Renewed Motion for Reconsideration of Rulings Regarding In Camera Testimony of Inmate Witnesses (126 F.R.D. 459) (D. Conn.)
PC-CT-0005-0014.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 04/21/1989
Source: Google Scholar
Consent Judgment on AIDS Education and Pre- and Post-HIV Test Counselling (D. Conn.)
PC-CT-0005-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/16/1989
Consent Judgment on Health Care for HIV-Infected Inmates and Confidentiality of HIV-Related Information (D. Conn.)
PC-CT-0005-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/02/1990
Consent Judgment on Health Care for HIV-Infected Inmates and Confidentiality of HIV-Related Information; Order (1990 WL 261348) (D. Conn.)
PC-CT-0005-0005.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 12/06/1990
Judges Cabranes, Jose Alberto (D. Conn., Second Circuit, FISCR)
PC-CT-0005-0003 | PC-CT-0005-0005
Dorsey, Peter Collins (D. Conn.)
PC-CT-0005-0002 | PC-CT-0005-0006 | PC-CT-0005-0008 | PC-CT-0005-0009 | PC-CT-0005-0012 | PC-CT-0005-0013 | PC-CT-0005-0014
Margolis, Joan Glazer (D. Conn.)
PC-CT-0005-0002 | PC-CT-0005-0003 | PC-CT-0005-0005 | PC-CT-0005-0007 | PC-CT-0005-0008 | PC-CT-0005-0009 | PC-CT-0005-0010 | PC-CT-0005-0011 | PC-CT-0005-0012 | PC-CT-0005-0013 | PC-CT-0005-0014 | PC-CT-0005-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Barrett, Dan (Vermont)
PC-CT-0005-9000
Bright, Bob (Alabama)
PC-CT-0005-0001
Byrne, David Bryson Jr. (Alabama)
PC-CT-0005-0001
Dignam, Brett (Connecticut)
PC-CT-0005-9000
Geballe, Shelley D. (Connecticut)
PC-CT-0005-0002 | PC-CT-0005-0003 | PC-CT-0005-0005 | PC-CT-0005-0006 | PC-CT-0005-0007 | PC-CT-0005-0008 | PC-CT-0005-0009 | PC-CT-0005-0010 | PC-CT-0005-0011 | PC-CT-0005-0012 | PC-CT-0005-0013 | PC-CT-0005-0014 | PC-CT-0005-9000
Lyles, Harry A. (Alabama)
PC-CT-0005-0001
McGuire, David J. (Connecticut)
PC-CT-0005-9000
Newman, JoNel (Florida)
PC-CT-0005-9000
Pottenger, John L. Jr. (Connecticut)
PC-CT-0005-0002 | PC-CT-0005-0003 | PC-CT-0005-0005 | PC-CT-0005-0006 | PC-CT-0005-0007 | PC-CT-0005-0008 | PC-CT-0005-0009 | PC-CT-0005-0010 | PC-CT-0005-0011 | PC-CT-0005-0012 | PC-CT-0005-0013 | PC-CT-0005-0014 | PC-CT-0005-9000
Stone, Martha (Connecticut)
PC-CT-0005-0001 | PC-CT-0005-0002 | PC-CT-0005-0003 | PC-CT-0005-0005 | PC-CT-0005-0006 | PC-CT-0005-0007 | PC-CT-0005-0008 | PC-CT-0005-0009 | PC-CT-0005-0010 | PC-CT-0005-0011 | PC-CT-0005-0012 | PC-CT-0005-0013 | PC-CT-0005-0014 | PC-CT-0005-9000
Tegeler, Philip D. (Connecticut)
PC-CT-0005-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Couture, Richard T. (Connecticut)
PC-CT-0005-0002 | PC-CT-0005-0003 | PC-CT-0005-0005 | PC-CT-0005-0006 | PC-CT-0005-0007 | PC-CT-0005-0008 | PC-CT-0005-0009 | PC-CT-0005-0010 | PC-CT-0005-0011 | PC-CT-0005-0012 | PC-CT-0005-0013 | PC-CT-0005-0014 | PC-CT-0005-9000
Lanoue, Michael J. (Connecticut)
PC-CT-0005-9000
O'Neill, Stephen J. (Connecticut)
PC-CT-0005-0006 | PC-CT-0005-0007 | PC-CT-0005-0008 | PC-CT-0005-0009 | PC-CT-0005-0010 | PC-CT-0005-0011 | PC-CT-0005-0012 | PC-CT-0005-0013 | PC-CT-0005-0014 | PC-CT-0005-9000
O'Neill, Terrance M. (Connecticut)
PC-CT-0005-9000
Riddle, Clarine Nardi (Connecticut)
PC-CT-0005-0002 | PC-CT-0005-0003 | PC-CT-0005-0005
Strom, Steven R. (Connecticut)
PC-CT-0005-0002 | PC-CT-0005-0003 | PC-CT-0005-0005 | PC-CT-0005-0006 | PC-CT-0005-0007 | PC-CT-0005-0008 | PC-CT-0005-0009 | PC-CT-0005-0010 | PC-CT-0005-0011 | PC-CT-0005-0012 | PC-CT-0005-0013 | PC-CT-0005-0014 | PC-CT-0005-9000

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