AELE LAW LIBRARY OF CASE SUMMARIES:
Corrections Law for Jails, Prisons and Detention Facilities
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A California prisoner
complained that he was denied cell feeding and cell medication despite
orders for such accommodations after he underwent ankle surgery, and that
he allegedly fell down on two occasions, as a result, while trying to get
his food and medication. Because it was "highly unlikely" that
the prisoner was still subject to those cell feeding and cell medication
orders, which were issued a year ago, he was not entitled to injunctive
relief. Santos v. Singh, No. CIV S-08-0315, 2008 U.S. Dist. Lexis 55507
274:153 Trial court upholds settlement of prisoners' claim that chaining all prisoners together on "chain gang" work detail put them in danger of injury; court rules that use of "hitching post" on all prisoners who refuse to work was cruel and unusual punishment; private settlement of class action was not subject to limitations on injunctive relief set forth in Prison Litigation Reform Act. Austin v. Hopper, 15 F.Supp.2d 1210 (M.D. Ala. 1998).
260:125 Federal appeals court overturns trial court's injunctive order requiring prison officials to provide religiously mandated vegetarian, non-dairy diet containing no grape products to prisoner who claimed to be a "Nazarite Disciple" of Jesus Christ Messiah and then asserted that he was a Rastafarian; trial judge improperly failed to allow defendants to respond to prisoner's assertion of Rastafarian faith and failed to make findings required for injunctive relief under the Prison Litigation Reform Act. Oluwa v. Gomez, 133 F.3d 1237 (8th Cir. 1998).
238:147 Federal Prison Litigation Reform Act becomes law, makes numerous changes in prison litigation, including scope of injunctive orders, standards for termination of injunctive orders, amount of attorneys' fees, standard for prisoner release orders in overcrowding cases, prisoner payment of filing fees and court costs, barring inmates who repetitively file frivolous suits from further filings, no awards for mental/emotional distress in the absence of physical injury, and revocation of federal prisoner's good time credits if they file malicious lawsuits or testify falsely, among other highlights.
District court injunction against overcrowding at Oregon prison was improperly issued. Atiyeh v. Capps, 449 U.S. 1312, 101 S.Ct. 829 (1981).
Police blotter available to newspaper. City of Houston v. Houston Chronicle Pub. Co., 673 S.W.2d 316 (Tex. App. 1984).
Attempt by fellow deathrow inmates to stop execution fails. Court refuses to issue stay. Daniels v. Zant, 494 F.Supp. 720 (M.D. Ga. 1980).
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