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Case Name Riley v. Brown PC-NJ-0022
Docket / Court 2:2006-cv-00331 ( D.N.J. )
State/Territory New Jersey
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On January 27, 2006, a group of inmates from the Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center (ADTC) filed a class action suit in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey against the New Jersey Department of Corrections (DOC) alleging that the DOC, in operating ADTC, a facility for ... read more >
On January 27, 2006, a group of inmates from the Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center (ADTC) filed a class action suit in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey against the New Jersey Department of Corrections (DOC) alleging that the DOC, in operating ADTC, a facility for sexual offenders, had transported and held inmates of ADTC with dangerous state prisoners, without reasonable care, safety and protection from the risk of physical assault and bodily harm, in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiffs sought equitable relief, including a temporary restraining order, and a preliminary and permanent injunction against the defendants, as well as declaratory relief.

The plaintiffs in the suit alleged that they were being harassed and physically assaulted by other state inmates whenever they were exposed to them, such as when they were being transported to and detained in other facilities (e.g. medical care at other prisons or attending legal proceedings).

On March 16, 2006, Senior District Court Judge Dickinson Debevoise granted the plaintiffs a preliminary injunction, ordering that in the transport of inmates certain rules be followed to protect the ADTC inmates from verbal or physical abuse. On June 21, 2006, Judge Dickinson Debevoise granted plaintiffs motion to extend the preliminary injunction.

On August 17, 2006, the defendants filed a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6). However the Court never addressed this motion, as on November 17, 2006 the case was referred to mediation. On September 21, 2007 the case was dismissed without prejudice by consent order, as both parties reached a settlement agreement. The details of the settlement agreement are not included on the docket.

Caitlin Howitt - 10/21/2011


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Content of Injunction
Preliminary relief granted
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
General
Assault/abuse by residents/inmates/students
Restraints : physical
Sex offender regulation
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action State law
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) New Jersey Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description Persons who have been convicted of sexual offenses, and who are currently confined at the ADTC, and who are or will be required to, or need to, be transported out of the ADTC by the Central Transport Unit for medical, court or other trips.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Unknown
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Preliminary injunction / Temp. restraining order
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 2006 - 2007
Case Closing Year 2007
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)
2:2006-cv-0331 (D.N.J.) 09/21/2007
PC-NJ-0022-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum of Law in Support of Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction 01/18/2006
PC-NJ-0022-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Complaint 01/27/2006
PC-NJ-0022-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Brief in Oppsition to Plaintiff's Motion for Temporary Restraining Order 02/17/2006
PC-NJ-0022-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Reply Brief in Support of Plaintiff's Motion for Temporary Restraining Order 03/01/2006
PC-NJ-0022-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion (Granting Plaintiff's Motion for Preliminary Injunction) 03/16/2006 (D.N.J.)
PC-NJ-0022-0001.pdf | Detail
Opinion [Granting Plaintiff's Motion for a Second Preliminary Injunction] 06/21/2006 (2006 WL 1722622) (D.N.J.)
PC-NJ-0022-0009.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Brief in Support of Defendants' Motion to Dismiss, Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6), or in the Alternative for Summary Judgment, pusruant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 56 08/17/2006
PC-NJ-0022-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order of Reference to Mediation 11/17/2006 (D.N.J.)
PC-NJ-0022-0007.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulation and Order of Dismissal Without Prejudice 09/21/2007 (D.N.J.)
PC-NJ-0022-0008.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Debevoise, Dickinson Richards (D.N.J.)
PC-NJ-0022-0001 | PC-NJ-0022-0007 | PC-NJ-0022-0008 | PC-NJ-0022-0009
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Wohlforth, Eric Evans (New Jersey)
PC-NJ-0022-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Farber, Zulima V. (New Jersey)
PC-NJ-0022-0004 | PC-NJ-0022-0006
Scott, Susan Marie (New Jersey)
PC-NJ-0022-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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