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Case Name In Re: Northeast Ohio Correctional Center PC-OH-0009
Docket / Court 97-1995 ( N.D. Ohio )
State/Territory Ohio
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
In 1997, inmates at the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center (NOCC), represented by, among others, D.C. Prisoners' Legal Services Project, filed a Section 1983 class action suit in the Northern District of Ohio against The Corrections Corporation of America and the Government of the District of ... read more >
In 1997, inmates at the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center (NOCC), represented by, among others, D.C. Prisoners' Legal Services Project, filed a Section 1983 class action suit in the Northern District of Ohio against The Corrections Corporation of America and the Government of the District of Columbia. NOCC is Ohio's only private prison and was used to house inmates from Washington, D.C. In 1997, twenty inmates were stabbed and two were murdered. Plaintiffs alleged injuries due to excessive force, failure to protect, and failure to provide adequate medical care. Plaintiffs requested relief requiring reclassification of the inmate population, improved security, improved medical care, damages and attorneys' fees.

Following extensive discovery, the parties reached a settlement agreement in March 1999. The settlement included $1,650,000.00 in damages to be held in a settlement fund, modified classification procedures, improved security, and improved medical services. The settlement also provided for a full-time prison monitor and medical monitor to review compliance with medical standards.

The District Court (Judge Dan A. Polster) preliminarily approved the settlement pending a fairness hearing. In April 1999, Judge Polster entered an order approving the proposed class action settlement and dismissed the case with prejudice. Litigation over the distribution of damages and attorneys fees continued until 2002.

Eoghan Keenan - 06/10/2005

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Issues and Causes of Action
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Administrative segregation
Assault/abuse by residents/inmates/students
Assault/abuse by staff
Classification / placement
Personal injury
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Type of Facility
Non-government for profit
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Northeast Ohio Correctional Center
Plaintiff Description inmates at the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center
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 ]

4:97-cv-01995-DAP (N.D. Ohio) 10/11/2002
PC-OH-0009-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Settlement Agreement 02/25/1999
PC-OH-0009-0001.pdf | Detail
Order Consolidating Actions with Class Action 02/28/1999 (N.D. Ohio)
PC-OH-0009-0002.pdf | Detail
Order Regarding Settlement Administration 03/01/1999 (N.D. Ohio)
PC-OH-0009-0003.pdf | Detail
Order Preliminarily Approving Settlement, Authorizing class notice, and setting fairness hearing 03/01/1999 (N.D. Ohio)
PC-OH-0009-0004.pdf | Detail
Notice of Proposed Class Action Settlement 03/01/1999
PC-OH-0009-0005.pdf | Detail
Settlement Announced in Youngstown Private Prison Case, Press Release 03/01/1999
PC-OH-0009-0006.pdf | Detail
Judges Polster, Dan A. (N.D. Ohio)
PC-OH-0009-0002 | PC-OH-0009-0003 | PC-OH-0009-0004 | PC-OH-0009-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Barbee, Davis S. (Ohio)
Branch, Jennifer L. (Ohio)
PC-OH-0009-0006 | PC-OH-0009-9000
Brown, Max J. (District of Columbia)
Bush, Robert Edward Jr. (Ohio)
PC-OH-0009-0001 | PC-OH-0009-9000
Gerhardstein, Alphonse A. (Ohio)
PC-OH-0009-0001 | PC-OH-0009-0003 | PC-OH-0009-0006 | PC-OH-0009-9000
Hunt, JuanCarlos M. (Ohio)
Nance, Frederick R. Jr. (Ohio)
Roberts, James E. (Ohio)
PC-OH-0009-0001 | PC-OH-0009-0003 | PC-OH-0009-9000
Sennett, Marie-Ann (District of Columbia)
PC-OH-0009-0001 | PC-OH-0009-0003 | PC-OH-0009-0006 | PC-OH-0009-9000
Smith, Jonathan Mark (District of Columbia)
Defendant's Lawyers Amato, Maria-Claudia T. (District of Columbia)
Bojanowski, Timothy James (Ohio)
Draycott, Justin (District of Columbia)
Ferren, John M. (District of Columbia)
Fickes, John C. (Ohio)
Klein, Paul (District of Columbia)
Lerner, Jacques Phillip (District of Columbia)
PC-OH-0009-0001 | PC-OH-0009-0003 | PC-OH-0009-9000
Prager, Lutz Alexander (District of Columbia)
Rauh, Michael (District of Columbia)
Struck, Daniel Patrick (Arizona)
PC-OH-0009-0001 | PC-OH-0009-0003 | PC-OH-0009-9000
Utiger, Robert C. (District of Columbia)
Valentine, George C. (District of Columbia)
Other Lawyers Schmitt, Richard P. (District of Columbia)

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