PositionJail overcrowding

44. Standards U.S. District Court Armstrong v. Metropolitan Government of Nashville, 196 F.Supp.2d 673 (M.D.Tenn. 2002). PROFESSIONAL Inmates and pretrial detainees brought a class STANDARDS action against a metropolitan government in 1987, alleging that overcrowding in jails was ACCREDITATION unsanitary and unsafe. The district court issued an injunction and set population caps. The district court granted the government's motion to lift the injunction in 2002, finding that conditions in new jails met the requirements of the Eighth Amendment. The court found that the new jails' environment, sanitation and fire safety complied with the Eighth Amendment, providing adequate levels of personal security for inmates and staff. The court held that food service was adequate and acceptable and that there was adequate physical space available for recreation. The court noted that two...

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