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Consent Judgment Entered in Connecticut Prison Conditions Case

On October 17, 1989, a consent judgment was entered resolving various claims regarding the constitutionality of living conditions at the Connecticut Correctional Institution at Somers.

The settlement requires the defendants to (1) eliminate housing in a barbershop and card room; (2) reduction in population; (3) develop a new classification system and process; (4) increase staffing; (5) increase programming opportunities; (6) eliminate the use of dogs for routine prisoner control; (7) remedy environmental hazards such as issues with fire safety and ventilation; and (8) consent to monitoring of the settlement. See: Bartkus v. Manson, USDC, D. Conn., No. H-80-506.

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Bartkus v. Manson

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