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Article • August 7, 2017
Wiccan Prisoner Settles with NV DOC Over Denial of Hardbound Religious Books by Joe Watson by Joe Watson Donald Towne, a Nevada state prisoner and practicing Wiccan, reached a settlement of unspecified remedies in July 2008 in his pro se lawsuit against the state’s Department of Corrections (NDOC). Towne alleged ...
Going to Prison in Texas in 2015 by William T. Habern by William T. Habern, David P. O’Neil, and Debra Bone Introduction For over 30 years our firm has represented offenders and their families in prison and parole administrative and legal issues. The first version of this article was published ...
Seventh Circuit Reinstates Illinois Prisoner’s Religious Rights Suit by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On October 17, 2016, the Seventh Circuit granted the appeal of an Illinois state prisoner who had sued for violations of his religious rights. The appellate court held that a previous claim he had filed in ...
Harris v. Adams County Sheriff's Department, CO, Settlement, Quran and Halal Meals, 2017 SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND GENERAL RELEASE THIS SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND GENERAL RELEASE ("Agreement") is made by and between, Marquise D. Harris ("Plaintiff')~nd Adams County Board of County Commissioners, its current and former officers, agents, servants and employees, the ...
Harris v. Adams County Sheriff's Department, CO, Complaint, Quran and Halal Meals, 2016 Case 1:16-cv-00574-REB-MEH Document 1 Filed 03/09/16 USDC Colorado Page 1 of 22 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO Civil Action No. \ b ·- c, \t - bO ~ -q- ':\ (fo ...
Brief • 2017
Powell v. City of Long Beach, CA, Settlement, Hijab, 2017 RELEASE AND SETTLEMENT OF CLAIM FOR THE SOLE CONSIDERATION OF EIGHTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($85,000.00), tous inhand paid by the CITY OF LONG BEACH, the receipt of which ishereby acknowledged, KIRSTY POWELL ("PLAINTIFF"), DOES HEREBY RELEASE, ACQUIT, AND FOREVER DISCHARGE ...
Human Rights Clinic - Designed to Break You, UT School of Law, 2017 Designed to Break You HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS ON TEXAS’ DEATH ROW APRIL 2017 A R E P O RT F R O M T H E H U M A N R I G H T S ...
Article • April 3, 2017 • from PLN April, 2017
Connecticut DOC Settles Five Percenters Religious Rights Suit by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna The Connecticut Department of Corrections (DOC) has settled a federal lawsuit filed by a state prisoner and entered into a consent decree recognizing his religion. The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, 42 U.S.C. § ...
Nevada Prisoner Receives $500, Other Considerations, in Settlement of Complaint Asserting Numerous Civil Rights Violations by Lonnie Burton On April 18, 2016, the Nevada Department of' Corrections (NDOC) agreed to pay a state prisoner $500 and make other policy changes' as part of a settlement agreement resolving the federal civil ...
Article • August 24, 2016
Sixth Circuit Affirms Denial of Qualified Immunity for Michigan DOC Officials by On February 6, 2008, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed a denial of qualified immunity for three Michigan prison officials accused of violating the First Amendment and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalize Persons ...
Hawaiian Prisoners’ Religious Freedom Lawsuit Certified as Class Action by Derek Gilna Native Hawaiians have a rich religious history, with elaborate rituals and sacred objects, which is a significant part of their culture.  Interference with the free exercise of these traditional religious practices at Saguaro Correctional Center in Arizona where ...
Ind v. CDOC, CO, Order Vacating Judgment, RLUIPA Christian Separatism ad seg books, 2015.pdf Case 1:09-cv-00537-WJM-KLM Document 336 Filed 10/19/15 USDC Colorado Page 1 of 2 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO Judge William J. Martínez Civil Action No. 09-cv-0537-WJM-KLM JACOB IND, Plaintiff, v. COLORADO ...
Ind v. CDOC, CO, Ruling, RLUIPA Christian Separatism ad seg books, 2014 Page 1 Warning As of: Jan 08, 2016 JACOB IND, Plaintiff, v. COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, Defendant. Civil Action No. 09-cv-0537-WJM-KLM UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 43461 March 31, 2014, ...
Article • January 1, 2016 • from PLN January, 2016
Colorado Court Finds Book Limitation Policy Violates Prisoner’s Religious Rights, but Case Reversed on Appeal by David Reutter A federal district court held that a Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC) policy which limits prisoners in administrative segregation to having no more than two personal books at a time violates the ...
Tenth Circuit Finds Prisoner's First Amendment Claim Substantive and Remands Case by Tenth Circuit Finds Prisoner's First Amendment Claim Substantive and Remands Case On March 10, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit held that a Colorado prisoner's civil rights claim against prison guards and officials ...
Article • February 4, 2015 • from PLN February, 2015
Native American Prisoners Have Right to Tobacco in Religious Ceremonies by David Reutter Native American Prisoners Have Right to Tobacco in Religious Ceremonies by David Reutter The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a South Dakota federal district court’s order holding that Native American prisoners have a right under ...
Virginia Prison’s Policy Requiring Physical Indicia of Faith for Religious Sincerity Held Unconstitutional; Suit Settles for $3,795 by David Reutter Virginia Prison’s Policy Requiring Physical Indicia of Faith for Religious Sincerity Held Unconstitutional; Suit Settles for $3,795 by David M. Reutter The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has vacated a ...
Brief • May 9, 2013
Filed under: RLUIPA, Religious Property
Yellowbear v. Lampert, WY, Pltf. Supplemental Reply Brief, Religious Property, 2013 Appellate Case: 12-8048 Document: 01019051529 Date Filed: 05/09/2013 Page: 1 IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE TENTH CIRCUIT CASE NO. 12-8048 ANDREW JOHN YELLOWBEAR, JR., Plaintiff-Appellant v. ROBERT O. LAMPERT, Director Wyoming Department of Corrections, et ...
Brief • April 23, 2013
Filed under: RLUIPA, Religious Property
Yellowbear v. Lampert, WY, Dfdt. Appeal Brief, Religious Property, 2013 Appellate Case: 12-8048 Document: 01019040376 Date Filed: 04/23/2013 Page: 1 UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE TENTH CIRCUIT ANDREW JOHN YELLOWBEAR, JR., Plaintiff – Appellant, v. No. 12-8048 ROBERT O. LAMPERT, Director, Wyoming Department of Corrections, et al., Defendants ...
Brief • March 22, 2013
Filed under: RLUIPA, Religious Property
Yellowbear v. Lampert, WY, Pltf. Supplemental Appeal Brief, Religious Property, 2012 Appellate Case: 12-8048 Document: 01019023926 Date Filed: 03/22/2013 Page: 1 IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE TENTH CIRCUIT CASE NO. 12-8048 ANDREW JOHN YELLOWBEAR, JR., Plaintiff-Appellant v. ROBERT O. LAMPERT, Director Wyoming Department of Corrections, et ...
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