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Case Name In re: Delaware County Prison JC-PA-0012
Docket / Court 94-5209 ( E.D. Pa. )
State/Territory Pennsylvania
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
In 1994, Muslim inmates of Delaware County Prison filed a Section 1983 class action suit, pro se, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against prison officials. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendants refused to allow them to engage in Jum'ah, a Muslim prayer service, and limited the ... read more >
In 1994, Muslim inmates of Delaware County Prison filed a Section 1983 class action suit, pro se, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against prison officials. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendants refused to allow them to engage in Jum'ah, a Muslim prayer service, and limited the distribution of religious materials and funds for religious purposes. The court appointed private counsel and the parties entered into negotiations to reach a settlement.

In March 1995, the court entered the parties' Joint Proposed Settlement Agreement. After hearing objections, the District Court (Judge Stewart Dalzell) approved the settlement. Under the terms of the settlement, the defendants agreed to allow up to 100 inmates to attend two Jum'ah services each week. The defendants also agreed to establish a procedure to resolve inmates' claims of prison non-compliance. In re Delaware County Prison, 1995 WL 225431 (E.D. Pa. April 13, 1995).

According to the docket, in May 1996, the "Institutional Imam" of the prison filed a letter, apparently complaining of noncompliance. The court treated the letter as a motion to enforce the settlement agreement or for contempt, and several months later, denied the motion (after receipt of a report by the parties) though requiring the defendants to make copies of the settlement available to prisoners.

Eoghan Keenan - 06/10/2005
David Smellie - 10/27/2016


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Corrections
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
General
Religious programs / policies
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Delaware County Prison
Plaintiff Description Muslim inmates of Delaware County Prison
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
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 1995 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
Additional Resources
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Case Studies After Decision: Implementation of Judicial Decrees in Correctional Settings
Written: Oct. 01, 1977
By: M. Kay Harris & Dudley P. Spiller (Temple University)
Citation: (1977)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ]

Docket(s)
94-5209 (E.D. Pa.) 07/09/1996
JC-PA-0012-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum 04/13/1995 (1995 WL 225431 / 1995 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 4911) (E.D. Pa.)
JC-PA-0012-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Judges Dalzell, Stewart R. (E.D. Pa.)
JC-PA-0012-0001 | JC-PA-0012-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Donnelly, E. Gerald Jr. (Pennsylvania)
JC-PA-0012-9000
Murphy, Frank G. (Pennsylvania)
JC-PA-0012-9000
Reich, Abraham C. (Pennsylvania)
JC-PA-0012-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Diorio, Robert M. (Pennsylvania)
JC-PA-0012-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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