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Docket / Court 1:05-cv-00596-PLF ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
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Case Summary
On February 7, 2005, a prisoner at the Federal Correctional Institution ("FCI") in Beaumont, Texas filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000bb, ... read more >
On February 7, 2005, a prisoner at the Federal Correctional Institution ("FCI") in Beaumont, Texas filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000bb, et seq., against the United States. The plaintiff, representing himself pro se, asked the Court for injunctive and declaratory relief requiring defendants to consider his requests for religious accommodation.

The plaintiff is an observant Jew and has continued his practice of Judaism while incarcerated. Plaintiff's sincerely held religious beliefs dictate that he drink at least 3.5 ounces of red wine while saying Kiddush, a prayer sanctifying the Sabbath, during Friday night and Saturday Shabbos services. Plaintiff believes that wine must be used because it has been dictated by the Code of Jewish Law and by practice. Plaintiff also believes that he must drink four cups containing at least 3.5 ounces of wine during the Passover Seder. Bureau of Prisons ("BOP") staff denied plaintiff's request to be provided with wine for the Kiddush and Passover observances and instead provided grape juice.

On September 24, 2008, the parties entered a Stipulation of Settlement and Dismissal agreement. Pursuant to the agreement, FCI will spend up to $500 on religious materials. FCI will also provide plaintiff with challah bread for his Friday night and Saturday morning Sabbath observances and Rosh Hashanah, a cup of at least 3 ounces of nonalcoholic wine on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings, and 4 cups of at least 3 ounces of nonalcoholic wine during the two Passover Seders and other specified religious observances. The terms of the agreement are limited to the current term of plaintiff's incarceration and each party agreed to bear their own costs and fees.

Nate West - 09/24/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Corrections
General
Conditions of confinement
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Religious programs / policies
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Religious Freedom Rest. Act/Religious Land Use and Inst. Persons Act (RFRA/RLUIPA)
Defendant(s) Federal Bureau of Prisons
Plaintiff Description The plaintiff, an observant Jew who is incarcerated at the Federal Correction Institution in Beaumont, Texas, argues that the consumption of wine is central to his religious practice and that he should be provided with wine during certain religious occasions.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2008
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Civil Rights Injunctions Over Time: A Case Study of Jail and Prison Court Orders
N.Y.U. Law Review
By: Margo Schlanger (Washington University)
Citation: 81 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 550 (2006)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

  Judicial Policy Making and the Modern State: How the Courts Reformed America's Prisons
By: Malcolm M. Feeley & Edward Rubin (UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law & Vanderbilt School of Law Faculty)
Citation: (1998)
[ Detail ]

Docket(s)
1:05-cv-00596-PLF (D.D.C.) 09/24/2008
PC-DC-0022-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Verified Complaint 03/22/2005
PC-DC-0022-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' Motion to Dismiss or, in the Alternative, for Summary Judgment or to Transfer 08/08/2005
PC-DC-0022-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' Motion to Dismiss as Moot, or in the Alternative, to Reconsider Grant of Partial Summary Judgment for Plaintiff and to Transfer and Opposition to Plaintiff's Motion for Reconsideration 08/08/2005
PC-DC-0022-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion 03/31/2006 (424 F.Supp.2d 187) (D.D.C.)
PC-DC-0022-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Granting in Part and Denying in Part Motion to Dismiss] 03/31/2006 (D.D.C.)
PC-DC-0022-0008.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion and Order 03/28/2007 (479 F.Supp.2d 120) (D.D.C.)
PC-DC-0022-0005.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Motion for Summary Judgment in Favor of Defendants on the Issue of the Least Restrictive Means and, in the Alternative, Renewed Motion for Reconsideration of the Grant of Partial Summary Judgment for the Plaintiff 06/09/2008
PC-DC-0022-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulation of Settlement and Dismissal 09/24/2008
PC-DC-0022-0007.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Friedman, Paul L. (D.D.C.)
PC-DC-0022-0003 | PC-DC-0022-0005 | PC-DC-0022-0007 | PC-DC-0022-0008 | PC-DC-0022-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Nadelhaft, Adam S. (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0022-0007 | PC-DC-0022-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Contreras, Rudolph (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0022-0004 | PC-DC-0022-0006 | PC-DC-0022-0007
Nebeker, William Mark (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0022-0002 | PC-DC-0022-0004 | PC-DC-0022-0006 | PC-DC-0022-0007 | PC-DC-0022-9000
Taylor, Jeff (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0022-0006 | PC-DC-0022-0007
Wainstein, Kenneth L. (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0022-0004
Other Lawyers None on record

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