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Post-PLRA Jail and Prison Private Settlement Agreements

Under the Prison Litigation Reform Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3626(a)(1)(A)(a), enacted in 1996, federal courts may enter an enforceable decree in prison or jail conditions cases only if "the court finds that such relief is narrowly drawn, extends no further than necessary to correct the violation of the Federal right, and is the least intrusive means necessary to correct the violation of the Federal right." To avoid application of these constraints, parties can instead settle cases using "private settlement agreements," which the statute defines as agreements not subject to federal judicial enforcement other than the reinstatement of the civil proceeding that the agreement settled. Such agreements may be enforced as contracts, in state court. This special collection brings together injunctive (but not damages) cases in which settlements fit this definition.
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 C-Pod Inmates of Middlesex County Adult Correction Center v. Middlesex County
3:15-cv-07920-PGS-TJB (D.N.J.)
Filed 2015 - Case Ongoing
Middlesex County
Jail Conditions
PC-NJ-0024
Middlesex County
Coding Complete
On November 5, 2015, the plaintiffs, nine pretrial detainees, filed this class action in the United States District Court of New Jersey. The plaintiffs sued Middlesex County under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for the deprivation of rights secured by the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution. The plaintiffs, represented by the ... [view]
2 Disability Rights Florida v. Crews
1:14-cv-23323 (S.D. Fla.)
Filed 2014 - Case Ongoing
Florida Department of Corrections
Dade Correctional Institution
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-FL-0021
Dade County
Coding Complete
On September 9, 2014, Disability Rights Florida filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. This suit was brought against the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) and Wexford Health Sources, an FDC contractor, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Protection and Advocacy ... [view]
3 Harman v. Ahern
No. 3:14-cv-03051-MEJ-KAW (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 2014 - Closed 2016
Alameda County Sheriff's Department
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0124
Alameda County
Coding Complete
On June 2, 2014, several women who claimed they were unjustifiably forced to take pregnancy tests after they were arrested filled this lawsuit in Superior Court in Alameda County. The plaintiffs sued the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department under 42 U.S.C § 1983 and state law. The plaintiffs, represented by both private counsel and the ACLU, ... [view]
4 Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania v. Wetzel
1:13-cv-00635-JEJ (M.D. Pa.)
Filed 2013 - Closed 2018
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-PA-0031
Coding Complete
On March 11, 2013, the Disability Rights Network (DRN), a Pennsylvania non-profit, filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania against the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PDOC). DRN alleged that the PDOC violated the Eighth ... [view]
5 Hill v. United States of America
1:13-cv-03404 (D. Colo.)
Filed 2013 - Closed 2017
United State Bureau of Prisons
Prison Conditions
PC-CO-0023
Coding Complete
On December 17, 2013, a transgender federal prisoner filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. The plaintiff sued the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) under Bivens in violation of her Eight Amendment rights. Represented by Prisoners' Justice League of Colorado and private counsel, the plaintiff sought ... [view]
6 Prison Legal News v. Betterton
2:12-cv-00699 (E.D. Tex.)
Filed 2012 - Closed 2013
Upshur County Jail
Upshur County
Jail Conditions
PC-TX-0015
Upshur County
Coding Complete
On November 9, 2012, Prison Legal News (PLN), a monthly publication that reports on criminal justice-related issues, filed a federal lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas against Upshur County, Texas, alleging violation of its rights to free speech and due process at the Upshur County Jail. On October 10, 2013, the plaintiff filed a second ... [view]
7 Brizuela v. Feliciano
3:12-cv-00226-JBA (D. Conn.)
Filed 2012 - Case Ongoing
Connecticut Department of Corrections
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CT-0009
New Haven County
Coding Complete
On February 13, 2012, the plaintiff filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus in this §1983 class habeas action against the Connecticut Department of Corrections. The petition was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut and assigned to Judge Janet Bond Arteton. The plaintiffs were detainees in Connecticut Department of ... [view]
8 Mason v. Hale
2:11-cv-03155-TMP (N.D. Ala.)
Filed 2011 - Closed 2016
Jefferson County Sheriff
Jefferson County Jail
Jail Conditions
JC-AL-0023
Jefferson County
Coding Complete
On August 31, 2011, prisoners at Jefferson County Jail filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, against the Sheriff of Jefferson County and the Commissioner of Jefferson County, in their official capacities, and against Jefferson County. The plaintiffs, represented by ... [view]
9 Henderson v. Thomas
2:11-cv-00224-MHT-WC (M.D. Ala.)
Filed 2011 - Closed 2016
Alabama Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-AL-0033
Coding Complete
On March 28, 2011, a class of HIV-positive men and women imprisoned by the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, under the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act. The plaintiffs, represented by the ACLU of Alabama, the national ... [view]
10 CRIPA Investigation of the Topeka Correctional Facility, Topeka, Kansas
No Court Case (No Court)
Filed 2011 - Case Ongoing
Topeka Correctional Facility
Prison Conditions
PC-KS-0006
Shawnee County
Coding Complete
On April 7, 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division (“DOJ”) notified Kansas that it was opening an investigation into the conditions and practices at the Topeka Correctional Facility (“TCF”), a prison housing about 550 female prisoners. The investigation sought to determine whether prisoners were subjected to sexual ... [view]
11 Minnis v. Johnson
1:10-cv-00096-TSE -TRJ (E.D. Va.)
Filed 2010 - Closed 2016
Virginia Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-VA-0019
Coding Complete
On January 29, 2010, prisoners in the Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC) who were deaf or hard of hearing filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000, and ... [view]
12 Olson v. Brown
4:09-cv-6 (N.D. Ind.)
Filed 2009 - Closed 2013
Tippecanoe County
Tippecanoe County Jail
Jail Conditions
JC-IN-0021
Tippecanoe County
Coding Complete
On January 2, 2009, an inmate at Tippecanoe County Jail filed a class action lawsuit in the Tippecanoe County Superior Court under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Tippecanoe County. The plaintiff, represented by the ACLU of Indiana, sought declaratory and injunctive relief, alleging several violations of Indiana law and the First and Fourteenth ... [view]
13 Prison Legal News v. Clarke
1:08-cv-10677-RGS (D. Mass.)
Filed 2008 - Closed 2009
Massachusetts Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-MA-0034
Coding Complete
On April 23, Prison Legal News (PLN) filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The plaintiff sued the Massachusetts Department of Corrections (DOC) under 42 U.S.C. 1983. Represented by private counsel, PLN sought monetary and injunctive relief, including attorneys fees. Specifically, the complaint ... [view]
14 Mitchell v. Felker
2:08-cv-01196-RAJ (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 2008 - Closed 2016
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Prison Conditions
PC-CA-0056
Coding Complete
On May 21, 2008, a California inmate filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). The plaintiff, originally proceeded pro se but eventually represented by private counsel and the Prison Law Center, asked the ... [view]
15 Richardson v. Monroe County Sheriff
1:08-cv-00174 (S.D. Ind.)
Filed 2008 - Case Ongoing
Monroe County Sheriff
Monroe County Jail
Jail Conditions
JC-IN-0020
Monroe County
Coding Complete
On February 13, 2008, a prisoner at the Monroe County Jail filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Monroe County. The plaintiff, represented by the ACLU of Indiana, sought declaratory and injunctive relief, alleging violations of Indiana state law and the ... [view]
16 Williams v. City of Philadelphia
2:08-cv-01979-RBS (E.D. Pa.)
Filed 2008 - Closed 2018
City of Philadelphia
Jail Conditions
JC-PA-0034
Coding Complete
On April 28, 2008, inmates in the Philadelphia Prison System (PPS) filed a putative class-action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and state law against the City of Philadelphia and its Commissioner of Corrections. The plaintiffs, represented by the Pennsylvania Institutional Law ... [view]
17 Disability Law Center v. Massachusetts Department of Correction
1:07-cv-10463-MLW (D. Mass.)
Filed 2007 - Closed 2017
Massachusetts Department of Corrections
Massachusetts Prisons
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-MA-0026
Coding Complete
On March 8, 2007, the Disability Law Center ("DLC") filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. §12131, and § 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. §794 against the Massachusetts Department of Correction ("DOC"). The DLC is the ... [view]
18 Montrey v. Commonwealth of Virginia, Virginia Department of Corrections
3:07-cv-00476-REP (E.D. Va.)
Filed 2007 - Closed 2008
Virginia Department of Corrections
Pocahontas State Correctional Center
Prison Conditions
PC-VA-0012
Coding Complete
On August 13, 2007, nine female prisoners at the Pocahontas State Correctional Center in Virginia filed this lawsuit against the Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC), the superintendent, the chief security officer, and several guards. The plaintiffs filed their complaint under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for violations of their Fourth, Fifth, Eighth ... [view]
19 Sisney v. State of South Dakota
24684 (State Court)
Filed 2007 - Closed 2008
State of South Dakota
Prison Conditions
PC-SD-0006
Coding Complete
On October 15, 2007, an inmate in the South Dakota State Penitentiary filed this pro se lawsuit in the Circuit Court for the Second Judicial Circuit Minnehaha County, South Dakota,. The inmate sued the state of South Dakota and CBM Inc., the corporation contracted to provide inmate food. The inmate claimed that CBM breached a state contract under ... [view]
20 Tyson v. Grant County Sheriff
1:07-cv-00010-JVB-RBC (N.D. Ind.)
Filed 2007 - Closed 2013
Grant County Sheriff
Jail Conditions
JC-IN-0022
Grant County
Coding Complete
On January 19, 2007, an Indiana county jail inmate, represented by the ACLU, filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana against Grant County, Indiana, over overcrowding in the Grant County Jail. Plaintiff alleged that overcrowding in the jail had resulted in a substantial degradation of jail ... [view]
21 Abrahamson v. Corrections Corporation of America
2006 CV 8 (State Court)
Filed 2006 - Closed 2013
Corrections Corporation of America
Prison Conditions
PC-CO-0033
Nashville
Coding Complete
In February 2006, over 150 prisoners who had been injured during a 2004 riot at Crowley County Correctional Facility (Crowley) filed this lawsuit in the Colorado District Court for the County of Crowley. They sued the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), a private prison company that owned and operated Crowley (which incarcerates Colorado and ... [view]
22 Couch v. Jabe
7:05-cv-00642-PMS (W.D. Va.)
Filed 2005 - Closed
Virginia Department of Corrections
Virginia Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-VA-0021
Richmond
Coding Complete
On October 17, 2005, a Sunni Muslim incarcerated at Keen Mountain Correctional Center in Virginia filed this lawsuit, pro se, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia. The plaintiff sued officers at the Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC) and the Keen Mountain Correctional Center under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the ... [view]
23 Shariff v. Goord
6:04-cv-06621-CJS-JWF (W.D.N.Y.)
Filed 2004 - Closed 2011
New York State Department of Correctional Services
Five Points Correctional Facility
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-NY-0057
Coding Complete
This single Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse case summary describes developments in a series of cases instituted by a disabled state prisoner in New York and dealing with safe transportation of prisoners who use wheelchairs. The cases were: 01-cv-1140 (Southern District of New York) 04-cv-6621 (Western District of New York), 05-cv-6025 ( ... [view]
24 Billips v. Horn
1:04-cv-01086-HB (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 2004 - Closed 2007
New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities
Jail Conditions
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-NY-0010
New York
Coding Complete
On February 10, 2004, one or more New York jail inmates filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against the New York City Department of Correction (DOC), the New York City Police Department, the New York State Office of Mental Health, and the New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental ... [view]
25 Gaddis v. Campbell
03-390 (M.D. Ala.)
Filed 2003 - Closed 2005
Alabama Department of Corrections
Alabama DOC
Prison Conditions
PC-AL-0015
Coding Complete
On April 9, 2003, diabetic inmates in the Alabama Prison System filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. §1983 against the Alabama Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. The plaintiffs, represented by the Southern Poverty Law Center, alleged that their constitutional rights had been ... [view]
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