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Case Name Decoteau v. Raemisch PC-CO-0022
Docket / Court 1:13-cv-03399 ( D. Colo. )
State/Territory Colorado
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Special Collection Solitary confinement
Attorney Organization Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center
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Issues and Causes of Action
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Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Due Process
Administrative segregation
Conditions of confinement
Recreation / Exercise
Solitary confinement/Supermax (conditions or process)
Unconstitutional conditions of confinement
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Colorado Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description Plaintiffs are prisoners incarcerated at the Colorado State Penitentiary who spend a minimum of 23 hours a day alone and have been denied access to outdoor exercise.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Attorneys fees
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2016 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2016
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)
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  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)
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1:13-cv-03399-WJM-KMT (D. Colo.) 07/11/2016
PC-CO-0022-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint 12/17/2013
PC-CO-0022-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order granting Plaintiffs' Motion for Class Certification and Denying Plaintiffs' Motion to Consolidate Cases 07/10/2014 (2014 WL 3373670) (D. Colo.)
PC-CO-0022-0002.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting Plaintiffs' Motion to Redefine the Class and Denying Defendants' Cross-Motion to Redefine the Class 04/13/2015 (2015 WL 1727071) (D. Colo.)
PC-CO-0022-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Approving Settlement Agreement and Granting Plaintiffs' Unopposed Motion for Attorneys' Fees and Costs 07/06/2016 (D. Colo.)
PC-CO-0022-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Martinez, William Joseph (D. Colo.)
PC-CO-0022-0002 | PC-CO-0022-0003 | PC-CO-0022-0004 | PC-CO-0022-9000
Tafoya, Kathleen M. (D. Colo.) [Magistrate]
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Fontana, Lauren (Colorado)
PC-CO-0022-0001 | PC-CO-0022-9000
Robertson, Amy Farr (Colorado)
PC-CO-0022-0001 | PC-CO-0022-9000
Webb, Lindsey (Colorado)
PC-CO-0022-0001 | PC-CO-0022-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Alber, Christopher Wayne (Colorado)
Gellar, Nicole S. (Colorado)
Other Lawyers None on record

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