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Case Name D.M. v. Terhune PC-NJ-0001
Docket / Court 3:96-cv-01840-AET ( D.N.J. )
State/Territory New Jersey
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Prison Conditions
Special Collection Post-PLRA Jail and Prison Private Settlement Agreements
Case Summary
On April 11, 1996, prisoners of the state of New Jersey filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) against the New Jersey Department of Corrections (DOC) in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. The plaintiffs, represented ... read more >
On April 11, 1996, prisoners of the state of New Jersey filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) against the New Jersey Department of Corrections (DOC) in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. The plaintiffs, represented by the Center for Social Justice at the Seton Hall University School of Law, were a class of mentally ill inmates who alleged that their constitutional rights had been violated by the denial of treatment and medication for their mental disorders.

On July 30, 1999, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey (Judge Anne E. Thompson) approved a settlement agreement in the case. The agreement consisted of five major parts: 1) amendments to the DOC disciplinary regulations, 2) a mental health treatment plan, 3) a statement on new policies and procedures by the DOC, 4) the funding, monitoring, and enforcement of the settlement, and 5) the liability of the defendants. D.M. v. Terhune, 67 F.Supp.2d 401 (D.N.J. 1999).

On August 3, 1999, the district court (Judge Thompson) closed the case.

Kristen Sagar - 07/12/2006

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Issues and Causes of Action
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Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Due Process
Equal Protection
Content of Injunction
Disciplinary procedures
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Mental health care, general
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) N.J. Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description inmates with mental disorders in the New Jersey State Prison System
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 1999 - n/a
Filed 04/11/1996
Case Closing Year 1999
Case Ongoing No
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)
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  Judicial Policy Making and the Modern State: How the Courts Reformed America's Prisons
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)
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Civil 96-1840(AET) (D.N.J.)
PC-NJ-0001-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/02/2001
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Exhibit E: Authorization for Disclosure/Release of Health Information Including Alcohol and/or Drug Abuse, HIS/AIDS and Psychiatric Records
PC-NJ-0001-0007.pdf | Detail
First Amended Class Action Complaint
PC-NJ-0001-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/23/1997
Amended Confidentiality and Protective Order (D.N.J.)
PC-NJ-0001-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/09/1998
Exhibit B: Model for Enhanced Mental Health System
PC-NJ-0001-0009.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/05/1999
Exhibit C: Corrections
PC-NJ-0001-0010.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/05/1999
Exhibit F: Acknowledgment of Terms of Settlement Agreement
PC-NJ-0001-0011.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/05/1999
Order (D.N.J.)
PC-NJ-0001-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/06/1999
Settlement Agreement
PC-NJ-0001-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/13/1999
Order Entering Judgment and Dismissal with Prejudice (D.N.J.)
PC-NJ-0001-0008.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/01/1999
Memorandum Opinion (67 F.Supp.2d 401) (D.N.J.)
PC-NJ-0001-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 07/30/1999
Addendum to the Settlement Agreement
PC-NJ-0001-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/10/2001
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Judges Hughes, John J. (D.N.J.) show/hide docs
PC-NJ-0001-0002 | PC-NJ-0001-0004 | PC-NJ-0001-0005 | PC-NJ-0001-0006 | PC-NJ-0001-0008
Thompson, Anne Elise (D.N.J.) show/hide docs
PC-NJ-0001-0002 | PC-NJ-0001-0003 | PC-NJ-0001-0006 | PC-NJ-0001-0008 | PC-NJ-0001-9000
Monitors/Masters Patterson, Raymond (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
Plaintiff's Lawyers Cobden, Sandra L. (New Jersey) show/hide docs
PC-NJ-0001-0002 | PC-NJ-0001-0004
Cobden, Sandra L. (New York) show/hide docs
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Hogan, Mary Beth (New York) show/hide docs
PC-NJ-0001-0001 | PC-NJ-0001-0005
Latimer, Stephen M. (New Jersey) show/hide docs
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Perlmutter, Patricia P. (New Jersey) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Holtzman, Stephen D. (New Jersey) show/hide docs
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Moratti, Dianne M. (New Jersey) show/hide docs
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Murphy, Paul R. (New Jersey) show/hide docs
PC-NJ-0001-0004 | PC-NJ-0001-9000
Sapolnick, Andrew (New Jersey) show/hide docs
Verniero, Peter (New Jersey) show/hide docs
Other Lawyers Howard, Darrin (New Jersey) show/hide docs
Rosen, Bruce S. (New Jersey) show/hide docs

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