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Case Name Ribs v. Taylor PC-CA-0010
Docket / Court 77-3985 ( C.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On October 25, 1977, Indian prisoners in the Federal Correctional Institution in Lompoc, California, filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Federal Bureau of Prisons in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiffs, represented by the ... read more >
On October 25, 1977, Indian prisoners in the Federal Correctional Institution in Lompoc, California, filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Federal Bureau of Prisons in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiffs, represented by the Native American Rights Fund and California Indian Legal Services, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as damages, alleging that the defendants had violated their constitutional rights by refusing to allow them to have an Indian sweat lodge at the prison.

On April 16, 1979, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California ordered the defendants to allow the plaintiffs access to a sweat lodge. We have no further information on the proceedings in this case.

Kristen Sagar - 09/10/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
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Religious programs / policies
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Federal Correctional Institution
Plaintiff Description Native American inmates at the Federal Correctional Institution in Lompoc, California
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1979 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
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)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Consent Judgment and Decree 04/18/1979 (C.D. Cal.)
PC-CA-0010-0001 PDF | Detail
Judges Kelleher, Robert Joseph (C.D. Cal.)
PC-CA-0010-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Blue Dog, Kurt V. (Colorado)
PC-CA-0010-0001
Echo-Hawk, Walter R. (Colorado)
PC-CA-0010-0001
Forman, George (California)
PC-CA-0010-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Brosio, Frederick M. Jr. (California)
PC-CA-0010-0001
Kircher, Charles W. Jr. (California)
PC-CA-0010-0001
Ordin, Andrea Sheridan (California)
PC-CA-0010-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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