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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) 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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Issues
Content of Injunction
Monitor/Master
Monitoring
General
Disciplinary procedures
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Mental health care, general
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
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
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
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
Case Closing Year 1999
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)
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
Date:
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
Judges Hughes, John J. (D.N.J.)
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.)
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)
PC-NJ-0001-0006
Plaintiff's Lawyers Cobden, Sandra L. (New Jersey)
PC-NJ-0001-0002 | PC-NJ-0001-0004
Cobden, Sandra L. (New York)
PC-NJ-0001-0003 | PC-NJ-0001-0005 | PC-NJ-0001-0006
Hogan, Mary Beth (New York)
PC-NJ-0001-0001 | PC-NJ-0001-0005
Latimer, Stephen M. (New Jersey)
PC-NJ-0001-0001 | PC-NJ-0001-0005
Perlmutter, Patricia P. (New Jersey)
PC-NJ-0001-0001 | PC-NJ-0001-0002 | PC-NJ-0001-0003 | PC-NJ-0001-0004 | PC-NJ-0001-0005 | PC-NJ-0001-0006 | PC-NJ-0001-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Holtzman, Stephen D. (New Jersey)
PC-NJ-0001-0004 | PC-NJ-0001-0005 | PC-NJ-0001-9000
Moratti, Dianne M. (New Jersey)
PC-NJ-0001-0002 | PC-NJ-0001-0003 | PC-NJ-0001-0004 | PC-NJ-0001-0005 | PC-NJ-0001-0006 | PC-NJ-0001-0008 | PC-NJ-0001-9000
Murphy, Paul R. (New Jersey)
PC-NJ-0001-0004 | PC-NJ-0001-9000
Sapolnick, Andrew (New Jersey)
PC-NJ-0001-0005
Verniero, Peter (New Jersey)
PC-NJ-0001-0002
Other Lawyers Howard, Darrin (New Jersey)
PC-NJ-0001-9000
Rosen, Bruce S. (New Jersey)
PC-NJ-0001-9000

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