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Case Name M.C.I. Concord Advisory Bd. V. Hall PC-MA-0012
Docket / Court 75-1463 ( D. Mass. )
State/Territory Massachusetts
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
The Massachusetts Correctional Institution (M.C.I.) in Concord's Advisory Board filed this lawsuit on behalf of all inmates at M.C.I. Concord under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Massachusetts Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The plaintiffs ... read more >
The Massachusetts Correctional Institution (M.C.I.) in Concord's Advisory Board filed this lawsuit on behalf of all inmates at M.C.I. Concord under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Massachusetts Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief, arguing that the inmates' constitutional rights were being violated by inadequacies in the areas of medical care, overcrowding, sanitation, rehabilitation, and physical safety. On March 21, 1978 Judge Andrew Caffrey granted partial injunctive relief, holding that the plaintiffs had proven that incarceration of inmates in protective custody cells, awaiting action cells, and institutional holding cells, violated the inmates' constitutional rights, but he also held that the plaintiffs had failed to establish that double celling in one area and use of a hospital wardroom for a dormitory violated inmate rights. M.C.I. Concord Advisory Board v. Hall, 447 F.Supp. 398 (D.Mass. 1978).

The plaintiffs moved for attorneys' fees. On September 28, 1978, Judge Caffrey granted the plaintiff's motion, holding that the plaintiffs were the prevailing party and their attorneys' were entitled to fees. We do not know the total of these fees. M.C.I. Concord Advisory Board v. Hall, 457 F.Supp. 911 (D.Mass. 1978).

Kristen Sagar - 07/29/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Due Process
Equal Protection
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
General
Bathing and hygiene
Recreation / Exercise
Sanitation / living conditions
Totality of conditions
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Massachusetts Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description Prisoners challenging conditions of confinement at a state correctional institution
Class action status sought Unknown
Class action status granted Unknown
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Order Duration 1978 - n/a
Filing Year 1975
Case Ongoing No reason to think so
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)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Opinion (447 F.Supp. 398) (D. Mass.)
PC-MA-0012-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 03/21/1978
Source: Google Scholar
Memorandum and Order (457 F.Supp. 911) (D. Mass.)
PC-MA-0012-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 09/28/1978
Source: Google Scholar
Judges Caffrey, Andrew Augustine (D. Mass.)
PC-MA-0012-0001 | PC-MA-0012-0002
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bass, Stanley A. (New York)
PC-MA-0012-0001
Greenberg, Jack (New York)
PC-MA-0012-0001
Milman, Barbara A. (Massachusetts)
PC-MA-0012-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Bromberg, Lee Carl (Massachusetts)
PC-MA-0012-0001 | PC-MA-0012-0002
Hotchkiss, Andra R. (Massachusetts)
PC-MA-0012-0001

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