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Case Name U.S. v. Woodard PC-NC-0006
Docket / Court 82-1546 ( E.D.N.C. )
State/Territory North Carolina
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On December 29, 1982, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice [DOJ] filed a civil rights enforcement action against the North Carolina Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, alleging racial segregation and other ... read more >
On December 29, 1982, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice [DOJ] filed a civil rights enforcement action against the North Carolina Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, alleging racial segregation and other unconstitutional and discriminatory practices within the North Carolina prison system. The DOJ sought declaratory and injunctive relief in the form of a permanent injunction compelling the North Carolina Department of Corrections to desegregate its prisons, discontinue its practice of dual prison facilities and to remove any other vestiges of racial discrimination.

Before any discovery was begun on the case, the parties engaged in settlement negotiations which resulted in the resolution of the case during the first week of May 1983. On May 12, 1983, the District Court (Judge Franklin Taylor Dupree, Jr.) dismissed the case with prejudice upon the stipulation of the parties. The terms of the settlement are unknown and we have no further information on this case.

Dan Dalton - 07/23/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Racial segregation
Type of Facility
Government-run
Defendant(s) North Carolina Central Prison
North Carolina Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description United States Department of Justice
Class action status sought Unknown
Class action status granted Unknown
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 1983 - n/a
Case Closing Year 1983
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Civil Rights Injunctions Over Time: A Case Study of Jail and Prison Court Orders
N.Y.U. Law Review
By: Margo Schlanger (Washington University)
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
By: Malcolm M. Feeley & Edward Rubin (UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law & Vanderbilt School of Law Faculty)
Citation: (1998)
[ Detail ]

Links Cruel Confinement: Abuse, Discrimination and Death Within Alabama's Prisons
Written: Jun. 04, 2014
(Southern Poverty Law Center )
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
82-1546-5 (E.D.N.C.)
PC-NC-0006-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/12/1983
General Documents
Judgment in a Civil Case (E.D.N.C.)
PC-NC-0006-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/12/1983
Order of Dismissal (E.D.N.C.)
PC-NC-0006-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/12/1983
Judges Dupree, Franklin Taylor Jr. (E.D.N.C.)
PC-NC-0006-0001 | PC-NC-0006-0003 | PC-NC-0006-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Berlin, Steven B. (District of Columbia)
PC-NC-0006-9000
Dale, Mitchell W. (District of Columbia)
PC-NC-0006-0001 | PC-NC-0006-9000
Reynolds, William Bradford (District of Columbia)
PC-NC-0006-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Safron, Jacob L. (North Carolina)
PC-NC-0006-0001 | PC-NC-0006-9000

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