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Case Name Hallett v. Payne PC-WA-0002
Docket / Court C93-5496 ( W.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On August 31, 1993, inmates at the Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW) filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the facility's health care manager and superintendent alleging that ... read more >
On August 31, 1993, inmates at the Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW) filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the facility's health care manager and superintendent alleging that healthcare in the prison violated the Eighth Amendment. Plaintiffs were represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, Columbia Legal Services, the Public Interest Law Group, and the ACLU's National Prison Project.

The parties entered into a consent decree on January 12, 1995 governing the quality and availability of medical, dental, and health care services at the prison. The parties also agreed to independent monitoring. The decree was to expire on January 12, 1999 unless extended. Plaintiffs moved to extend and to hold defendants in contempt for failure to comply with the decree. On December 22, 1999, following an evidentiary hearing, the court (Judge Franklin D. Burgess) denied plaintiffs' motion and granted defendants' motion to terminate the decree. On April 26, 2002, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (Judge Susan Graber) affirmed the district court's denial of plaintiffs' motion to extend jurisdiction but reversed the district court's denial of one of plaintiffs' motions for contempt. Hallett v. Morgan, 287 F.3d 1193 (9th Cir. 2002). The opinion was amended twice, with the second amended opinion issues on August 2, 2002. Hallett v. Morgan, 296 F.3d 732 (9th Cir. 2002). The district court was ordered to consider whether the defendants had failed to comply with the medical services provision of the judgment on remand. The parties reached a settlement regarding this issue on May 28, 2004 and Judge Burgess dismissed the case on June 14, 2004. There is no information available regarding the detail of the settlement agreement.

Angela Heverling - 05/18/2006

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Issues and Causes of Action
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Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Equal Protection
Medical/Mental Health
Dental care
Medical care, general
Mental health care, general
Type of Facility
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Washington Correction Center for Women
Plaintiff Description inmates at the Washington Corrections Center for Women
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Filed Pro Se Unknown
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 1995 - n/a
Filing Year 1993
Case Closing Year 2004
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)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

  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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C93-5496 (W.D. Wash.)
PC-WA-0002-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/18/2004
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
First Amended Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief
PC-WA-0002-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/12/1993
Stipulation and Judgment (W.D. Wash.)
PC-WA-0002-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/12/1995
Opinion (287 F.3d 1193)
PC-WA-0002-0005.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 04/26/2002
Source: Google Scholar
Order (296 F.3d 732)
PC-WA-0002-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 08/02/2002
Source: Google Scholar
Settlement Agreement [ECF# 600]
PC-WA-0002-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/28/2004
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Benton, Monica J. (W.D. Wash.)
Burgess, Franklin D. (W.D. Wash.)
PC-WA-0002-0002 | PC-WA-0002-9000
Gould, Ronald Murray (Ninth Circuit)
Graber, Susan (Ninth Circuit)
PC-WA-0002-0004 | PC-WA-0002-0005
Strombom, Karen L. (W.D. Wash.) [Magistrate]
Thomas, Sidney Runyan (Ninth Circuit)
Wilson, David E. (W.D. Wash.)
PC-WA-0002-0001 | PC-WA-0002-0002
Plaintiff's Lawyers Arthur, Patricia J. (Washington)
PC-WA-0002-0001 | PC-WA-0002-0002 | PC-WA-0002-0003 | PC-WA-0002-0004 | PC-WA-0002-0005 | PC-WA-0002-9000
Balson, Hank L. (Washington)
Borson, Heidi (Washington)
Caplan, Aaron H. (Washington)
PC-WA-0002-0003 | PC-WA-0002-0005 | PC-WA-0002-9000
Crollard, Jeff B. (Washington)
Fairhurst, Mary E. (Washington)
Fathi, David Cyrus (District of Columbia)
PC-WA-0002-0003 | PC-WA-0002-0005 | PC-WA-0002-9000
Frank, Katrin E. (Washington)
PC-WA-0002-0002 | PC-WA-0002-0003 | PC-WA-0002-0005 | PC-WA-0002-9000
Helson, Janet M. (Washington)
McLemore, Mary Megan (Washington)
Midgley, John (Washington)
Niemann, Angela M. (Washington)
Starbird, Carolyn (Washington)
PC-WA-0002-0002 | PC-WA-0002-9000
Tsai, Amy Chia-Mei (Washington)
Wagner, Patricia H. (Washington)
Willey, Stephen C. (Washington)
Defendant's Lawyers Carey, Cheryl (Washington)
PC-WA-0002-0002 | PC-WA-0002-9000
DeMarco, Pat L. (Washington)
Gregoire, Christine O. (Washington)
Judge, Daniel J. (Washington)
PC-WA-0002-0002 | PC-WA-0002-9000
Mentzer, Eric (Washington)
Miller, Aileen B. (Washington)
PC-WA-0002-0003 | PC-WA-0002-9000
Murphy, Carol A. (Washington)
PC-WA-0002-0003 | PC-WA-0002-0004 | PC-WA-0002-0005 | PC-WA-0002-9000
Myers, William Andrew (Washington)
PC-WA-0002-0004 | PC-WA-0002-0005 | PC-WA-0002-9000
Riveland, Chase (Washington)
Samson, John Joseph (Washington)

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