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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 Disability Rights Washington v. Inslee
4:18-cv-05071-RMP (E.D. Wash.)
Filed 04/23/2018 - Case Ongoing
Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-WA-0031
Coding Complete
On April 23, 2018, Disability Rights Washington—the state protection and advocacy organization—filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington. The plaintiff sued Governor Jay Inslee, the Secretary of the Department of Corrections, and the Superintendent of the State Penitentiary under the Americans with ... [view]
2 Aragon v. Raemisch
1:17-cv-01744 (D. Colo.)
Filed 07/19/2017 - Closed 2019
Colorado Department of Justice
Prison Conditions
PC-CO-0027
Coding Complete
On July 19, 2017, four prisoners suffering from the Hepatitis C virus who were under the custody of the Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC) filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. The plaintiffs, represented by the ACLU, sued the executive director of the CDOC, the chief medical officer of the ... [view]
3 Hall v. County of Milwaukee
2:17-cv-00379-DEJ (E.D. Wis.)
Filed 03/14/2017 - Closed 2019
County of Milwaukee
Milwaukee County Jail
Jail Conditions
JC-WI-0009
Milwaukee County
Coding Complete
On March 14, 2017, a female prisoner who was forced to receive prenatal care, give birth, and undergo post-partum treatment while shackled, filed a putative class-action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. The plaintiff sued the County of Milwaukee under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and state law. The plaintiff, ... [view]
4 C-Pod Inmates of Middlesex County Adult Correction Center v. Middlesex County
3:15-cv-07920-PGS-TJB (D.N.J.)
Filed 11/05/2015 - 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]
5 McBride v. Michigan Department of Corrections
2:15-cv-11222 (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 03/31/2015 - Case Ongoing
Michigan Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-MI-0036
Coding Complete
On March 31, 2015, three prisoner-plaintiffs filed this putative class action lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), alleging that MDOC was discriminating against them and other deaf and hard of hearing prisoners. The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and was assigned to Judge ... [view]
6 Disability Rights Florida v. Crews
1:14-cv-23323 (S.D. Fla.)
Filed 09/09/2014 - Closed 2018
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, 28 U.S.C. § 2201, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the ... [view]
7 Harman v. Ahern
No. 3:14-cv-03051-MEJ-KAW (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 06/02/2014 - 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]
8 Adams & Knights v. Kentucky
3:14-cv-00001-GFVT (E.D. Ky.)
Filed 01/01/2014 - Case Ongoing
Kentucky Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
DR-KY-0001
Coding Complete
On January 1, 2014, deaf and hard of hearing prisoners in the Kentucky prison system filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky on behalf of themselves and those similarly situated against the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Kentucky Department of Corrections, several other departments of the Commonwealth of ... [view]
9 Hill v. United States of America
1:13-cv-03404 (D. Colo.)
Filed 12/17/2013 - 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]
10 Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania v. Wetzel
1:13-cv-00635-JEJ (M.D. Pa.)
Filed 03/11/2013 - 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]
11 Prison Legal News v. Betterton
2:12-cv-00699 (E.D. Tex.)
Filed 11/09/2012 - 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]
12 Brizuela v. Feliciano
3:12-cv-00226-JBA (D. Conn.)
Filed 02/13/2012 - Closed
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]
13 Mason v. Hale
2:11-cv-03155-TMP (N.D. Ala.)
Filed 08/31/2011 - 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]
14 CRIPA Investigation of the Topeka Correctional Facility, Topeka, Kansas
No Court Case (No Court)
Filed 04/07/2011 - 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]
15 Henderson v. Thomas
2:11-cv-00224-MHT-WC (M.D. Ala.)
Filed 03/28/2011 - 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]
16 Minnis v. Johnson
1:10-cv-00096-TSE -TRJ (E.D. Va.)
Filed 01/29/2010 - 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]
17 Olson v. Brown
4:09-cv-6 (N.D. Ind.)
Filed 01/02/2009 - 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]
18 Mitchell v. Felker
2:08-cv-01196-RAJ (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 05/21/2008 - 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]
19 Williams v. City of Philadelphia
2:08-cv-01979-RBS (E.D. Pa.)
Filed 04/28/2008 - 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]
20 Richardson v. Monroe County Sheriff
1:08-cv-00174 (S.D. Ind.)
Filed 02/13/2008 - 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]
21 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]
22 Sisney v. State of South Dakota
24684 (State Court)
Filed 10/15/2007 - 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]
23 Montrey v. Commonwealth of Virginia, Virginia Department of Corrections
3:07-cv-00476-REP (E.D. Va.)
Filed 08/13/2007 - 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]
24 Disability Law Center v. Massachusetts Department of Correction
1:07-cv-10463-MLW (D. Mass.)
Filed 03/08/2007 - 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]
25 Tyson v. Grant County Sheriff
1:07-cv-00010-JVB-RBC (N.D. Ind.)
Filed 01/19/2007 - 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]
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