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Case Name Williams v. Lane PC-IL-0002
Docket / Court 81-355 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
In 1981, inmates in protective custody at Stateville Correctional Center in Illinois, with the assistance of Kirkland & Ellis, filed a class action suit in the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against prison officials. The inmates sued under section 1983 and state laws for ... read more >
In 1981, inmates in protective custody at Stateville Correctional Center in Illinois, with the assistance of Kirkland & Ellis, filed a class action suit in the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against prison officials. The inmates sued under section 1983 and state laws for alleged violations of their first, eighth, and fourteenth amendment rights arising from the living conditions and institutional programs provided to those inmates in protective custody.

In 1986, after lengthy delays due to challenges to class certification and the pleadings, a bench trial was held. Judge Milton Shadur found for the plaintiffs and after another lengthy delay, ordered the prison to provide programs and living conditions comparable to those afforded to the general population of the prison and awarded as yet undetermined damages to the class. A master was also appointed to review the implementation of this order. Williams v. Lane, 646 F. Supp. 1379 (N.D. Ill. 1986).

The defendants appealed the decision and the Seventh Circuit (Judge Charles Cummings) affirmed the District Court's holding. Williams v. Lane, 851 F.2d 867 (7th Cir. 1988).

In January 1990, on the recommendation of the master, the class was finally determined to be those inmates who were confined in the protective custody area from 1982 to 1989 for violations that occurred from 1979 until 1989. In 1991, a settlement agreement was reached providing damages for the plaintiffs. By 1993, the defendants still had not upheld their end of the settlement. The District Court therefore ordered the state comptroller, who was not a named defendant, to pay the damages agreed to by the terms of the settlement. Williams v. Lane, 1993 WL 32680 (N.D. Ill. Aug. 25, 1993).

According to the docket, several latecomers attempted to join the class and were approved. In 1998, an unnamed plaintiff petitioned to hold defendants in contempt but his motion was dismissed without prejudice. The docket does not show any additional activity.

John Maksymonko - 09/07/2005


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Protective custody
Religious programs / policies
Totality of conditions
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Stateville Correctional Facility
Plaintiff Description inmates in protective custody at Stateville Correctional Center in Illinois
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1991 - 1998
Case Closing Year 1998
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Citation: (1998)
[ Detail ]

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N.Y.U. Law Review
By: Margo Schlanger (Washington University)
Citation: 81 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 550 (2006)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

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Docket(s)
81-355 (N.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0002-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/10/2001
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum Opinion and Order (548 F.Supp. 927) (N.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0002-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 09/03/1982
Source: Google Scholar
Memorandum Opinion and Order (96 F.R.D. 383) (N.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0002-0005.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 12/17/1982
Source: Google Scholar
Memorandum Opinion and Order (646 F.Supp. 1379) (N.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0002-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 10/21/1986
Source: Google Scholar
Memorandum order (1987 WL 13585 / 1987 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 6250) (N.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0002-0008.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 07/07/1987
Reported Opinion (851 F.2d 867)
PC-IL-0002-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 06/27/1988
Source: Google Scholar
Memorandum Opinion and Order (1988 WL 107315 / 1988 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 11468) (N.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0002-0009.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 10/11/1988
Memorandum Order (1988 WL 139270 / 1988 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 14569) (N.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0002-0010.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 12/20/1988
Memorandum Decision (488 U.S. 1047)
PC-IL-0002-0007.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 01/23/1989
Memorandum Opinion and Order (1989 WL 39724) (N.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0002-0011.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 04/20/1989
Memorandum Order (1989 WL 111841) (N.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0002-0012.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 09/21/1989
Memorandum Order (1989 WL 157523 / 1989 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 14825) (N.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0002-0013.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 12/13/1989
Memorandum Opinion and Order (129 F.R.D. 636) (N.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0002-0006.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 01/22/1990
Source: Google Scholar
Memorandum Order (1991 WL 10654 / 1991 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 788) (N.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0002-0014.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 01/23/1991
Memorandum Order (1991 WL 140916 / 1991 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 10023) (N.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0002-0015.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 07/23/1991
Memorandum order (1992 WL 159484 / 1992 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 9243) (N.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0002-0016.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 06/26/1992
Memorandum Order (1992 WL 281359 / 1992 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 15205) (N.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0002-0017.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 10/08/1992
Memorandum Opinion and Order (818 F.Supp. 1212) (N.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0002-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 04/20/1993
Source: Google Scholar
Memorandum Opinion and Order (1993 WL 326680 / 1993 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 11760) (N.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0002-0018.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 08/25/1993
Memorandum Order (1994 WL 48588 / 1994 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 1516) (N.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0002-0019.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 02/16/1994
Judges Cummings, Walter Joseph Court not on record
PC-IL-0002-0002
Flaum, Joel Martin Court not on record
PC-IL-0002-0002
Grant, Robert Allen Court not on record
PC-IL-0002-0002
Shadur, Milton Irving Court not on record
PC-IL-0002-0001 | PC-IL-0002-0003 | PC-IL-0002-0004 | PC-IL-0002-0005 | PC-IL-0002-0006 | PC-IL-0002-0008 | PC-IL-0002-0009 | PC-IL-0002-0010 | PC-IL-0002-0011 | PC-IL-0002-0012 | PC-IL-0002-0013 | PC-IL-0002-0014 | PC-IL-0002-0015 | PC-IL-0002-0016 | PC-IL-0002-0017 | PC-IL-0002-0018 | PC-IL-0002-0019 | PC-IL-0002-9000
Monitors/Masters Morris, Norval (Illinois)
PC-IL-0002-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Given, Jeffrey N. (Illinois)
PC-IL-0002-0001 | PC-IL-0002-9000
McCutchen, Peter B. (Illinois)
PC-IL-0002-0004 | PC-IL-0002-9000
Rovner, Jack A. (Illinois)
PC-IL-0002-0001 | PC-IL-0002-0002 | PC-IL-0002-0003 | PC-IL-0002-0004 | PC-IL-0002-0005 | PC-IL-0002-0006
Shapiro, Robert E. (Illinois)
PC-IL-0002-0001 | PC-IL-0002-0003
Totten, Hugh J. (Illinois)
PC-IL-0002-0004 | PC-IL-0002-0006
Weitman, Wendi Sloane (Illinois)
PC-IL-0002-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Castillo, Sandra (Illinois)
PC-IL-0002-0004
Cushing, Robert W. (Illinois)
PC-IL-0002-0001
Hartigan, Neil F. (Illinois)
PC-IL-0002-0006
Hogan, Michael Robert (Oregon)
PC-IL-0002-0001
Lyons, Francis X. (Illinois)
PC-IL-0002-0006
O'Leary, Susan Takata (Illinois)
PC-IL-0002-9000
Plunkett-Sheldon, Ann (Illinois)
PC-IL-0002-0002
Ward, John Andrew (Illinois)
PC-IL-0002-0001

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