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Case Name Congdon v. Murray PC-VA-0003
Docket / Court 90-536 ( E.D. Va. )
State/Territory Virginia
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On September 19, 1990, prisoners at the Virginia State Penitentiary filed a class action lawsuit for declaratory and injunctive relief under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Virginia Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The plaintiffs, ... read more >
On September 19, 1990, prisoners at the Virginia State Penitentiary filed a class action lawsuit for declaratory and injunctive relief under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Virginia Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The plaintiffs, represented by the National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, alleged that the defendants had violated their rights under the 8th Amendment and the 14th Amendment by subjecting them to life-threatening conditions in the areas of fire safety, environmental health, and environmental safety. Since we only have the complaint for this case on record, we have no further information on the proceedings.

Kristen Sagar - 03/09/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
General
Fire safety
Sanitation / living conditions
Totality of conditions
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Virginia Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description prisoners at the Virginia State Penitentiary
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Filed Pro Se Unknown
Prevailing Party Unknown
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Unknown
Filing Year 1990
Case Ongoing No reason to think so
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
Book
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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Docket(s)
90-536 (E.D. Va.)
PC-VA-0003-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/03/1991
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint
PC-VA-0003-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/19/1990
Judges Merhige, Robert Reynold Jr. (E.D. Va.)
PC-VA-0003-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Aiyetoro, Adjoa A. (District of Columbia)
PC-VA-0003-0001
Bronstein, Alvin J. (District of Columbia)
PC-VA-0003-0001
Fathi, David Cyrus (District of Columbia)
PC-VA-0003-0001
Pershing, Stephen B. (Virginia)
PC-VA-0003-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Davis, Mark Ralph (Virginia)
PC-VA-0003-9000
Katz, Alan (Virginia)
PC-VA-0003-9000
Rogers, Jeanette Dian (Virginia)
PC-VA-0003-9000

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