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Case Name Nunn v. Michigan Department of Corrections PC-MI-0017
Docket / Court 96-CV-71416-DT ( E.D. Mich. )
State/Territory Michigan
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On March 27, 1996 women prisoners at Scott Correctional Facility and Florence Crane Facility in Michigan filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Plaintiffs alleged that they were subjected to a pattern and practice of sexual ... read more >
On March 27, 1996 women prisoners at Scott Correctional Facility and Florence Crane Facility in Michigan filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Plaintiffs alleged that they were subjected to a pattern and practice of sexual harassment and abuse as a result of the Michigan Department of Correction's (DOC) failure to train properly and discipline its staff. Defendants moved to dismiss. The district court (Judge John Corbett O'Meara) granted the motion with respect to plaintiffs' claims against the DOC and monetary damage claims against Kenneth McGinnis in his official capacity as Director of the DOC. Nunn v. Michigan Dept. of Corr., No. 96-71416, 1997 WL 33559323 (E.D.Mich. Feb. 4, 1997). All other claims against McGinnis and corrections officers and other staff remained.

Judge O'Meara denied McGinnis's subsequent motion to dismiss. Nunn v. McGinnis, No. 96-71416, 1997 WL 33559327 (E.D.Mich. July 28, 1997). The court also denied a motion to stay pending appeal. 1997 WL 33559328 (E.D.Mich. Sept. 17, 1997). It granted plaintiffs' motion to amend, allowing plaintiffs to add two new inmates as plaintiffs and to add defendant Fullmer, a corrections officer who was accused of sexually assaulting one of the plaintiffs. 1997 WL 33559326 (E.D.Mich. June 16, 1997). As litigation continued, this case was consolidated with U.S.A. v. Michigan (PC-MI-0009) for purposes of discovery. That case settled in May 1999.

Settlement conferences for this case were held in 2000 and the parties signed a Settlement Agreement Regarding Injunctive and Declaratory Relief on July 31, 2000. According to the agreement, the DOC would develop and maintain a policy regarding sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, and retaliation. The settlement also addressed screening of prospective employees, staff training, prisoner education, and the process for investigating allegations of misconduct.

The parties entered into a conditional dismissal on August 17, 2000, pending reports of the compliance expert. The final report was submitted on December 3, 2002 and concluded that defendants substantially complied with the settlement agreement, with the exception that the defendants had not yet fully staffed housing units with female officers. On February 19, 2003, the court (Judge O'Meara) ordered a partial unconditional dismissal, maintaining jurisdiction over the staffing issue. On October 28, 2004, defendants moved for full unconditional dismissal of the action but withdrew that motion on September 29, 2005.

On April 25, 2007 the parties agreed that only female officers would be assigned to the facilities covered by the settlement agreement, which brought the dispute to a close. The court then ordered dismissal of the case, leaving the Plaintiffs free to pursue Defendants who defaulted on the settlement agreement.

Joshua Arocho - 07/11/2012


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
General
Assault/abuse by staff
Sex w/ staff; sexual harassment by staff
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Michigan Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description Prison inmates alleging constitutional violations arising out of sexual assaults, a failure to adequately train, supervise, discipline and investigate allegations of sexual assault, violations of privacy, and retaliatory actions against women prisoners
Class action status sought Unknown
Class action status granted Unknown
Filed Pro Se Unknown
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 2000 - n/a
Filed 03/27/1996
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing PC-MI-0009 : United States v. Michigan (E.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0183 : Everson v. Michigan Department of Corrections (E.D. Mich.)
PC-MI-0021 : Neal v. Michigan Department of Corrections (State Court)
PC-MI-0020 : Mason v. Granholm (E.D. Mich.)
PC-MI-0023 : Anderson v. Dept of Corrections (State Court)
Additional Resources
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  Beyond Parity and Equal Protection: Women Prisoner's Right Litigation in the 1990s
Date: May 1, 2000
By: Julie Cho (Harvard Law Student)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ]

Court Docket(s)
E.D. Mich.
04/25/2007
96-CV-71416
PC-MI-0017-9000.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
E.D. Mich.
02/04/1997
Opinion and Order Granting in Part and Denying in Part Defendants' Motion to Dismiss (1997 WL 33559323 / 1997 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 22970)
PC-MI-0017-0013.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
E.D. Mich.
06/16/1997
Opinion and Order Granting Plaintiffs' Motion to Amend (1997 WL 33559326 / 1997 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 22977)
PC-MI-0017-0014.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
E.D. Mich.
07/28/1997
Order Denying Defendants' Motion to Dismiss or for Summary Judgment (1997 WL 33559327 / 1997 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 22978)
PC-MI-0017-0015.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
E.D. Mich.
09/17/1997
Opinion and Order Denying Defendants' Motion for Stay Pending Appeal (1997 WL 33559328 / 1997 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 22976)
PC-MI-0017-0016.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
E.D. Mich.
10/07/1997
Opinion and Order Denying Defendants' Motion for Reconsideration (1997 WL 33559329 / 1997 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 22979)
PC-MI-0017-0017.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
E.D. Mich.
04/08/1998
Memorandum Opinion and Order (1998 WL 34113236 / 1998 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 15639)
PC-MI-0017-0012.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
E.D. Mich.
07/31/2000
Settlement Agreement Regarding Injunctive and Declaratory Relief [ECF# 93]
PC-MI-0017-0008.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
E.D. Mich.
12/03/2002
Final Report of the Compliance Expert [ECF# 90]
PC-MI-0017-0004.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
E.D. Mich.
02/01/2003
Order [ECF# 90]
PC-MI-0017-0003.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
E.D. Mich.
02/19/2003
Stipulation for Partial Unconditional Dismissal [ECF# 90]
PC-MI-0017-0002.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
E.D. Mich.
10/28/2004
Defendants' Motion for Full Unconditional Dismissal Pursuant to the February 19, 2003 Stipulation Between the Parties [ECF# 90]
PC-MI-0017-0001.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
E.D. Mich.
10/28/2004
Stipulation for Entry of Full Unconditional Dismissal [ECF# 90]
PC-MI-0017-0005.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
E.D. Mich.
10/28/2004
Order of Dismissal [ECF# 90]
PC-MI-0017-0006.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
E.D. Mich.
11/19/2004
Plaintiffs' Response and Brief in Opposition to Defendants' Motion for Full Unconditional Dismissal [ECF# 93]
PC-MI-0017-0007.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
E.D. Mich.
12/01/2004
Defendants' Reply to Plaintiffs' Response and Brief in Opposition to Defendants' Motion for Full Unconditional Dismissal [ECF# 94]
PC-MI-0017-0009.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
E.D. Mich.
09/29/2005
Request for Withdrawal Without Prejudice, Defendants' Motion for Full and Unconditional Dismissal [ECF# 95]
PC-MI-0017-0010.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
E.D. Mich.
04/25/2007
Stipulation and Order of Dismissal [ECF# 1009]
PC-MI-0017-0011.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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