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Case Name Renalde v. Riveland PC-CO-0006
Docket / Court 84 CV 906 ( State Court )
State/Territory Colorado
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Prison Conditions
Case Summary
In April 1984, thirteen female inmates at the Colorado Women's Correctional Facility in Fremont County, Colorado, filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. §1983 against the Colorado Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. The plaintiffs, represented ... read more >
In April 1984, thirteen female inmates at the Colorado Women's Correctional Facility in Fremont County, Colorado, filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. §1983 against the Colorado Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. The plaintiffs, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and Colorado Rural Legal Services, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief as well as monetary damages. They alleged that their constitutional rights had been violated by deficiencies at the prison in the areas of overcrowding, sanitation, safety, medical care, food service, and discrimination against handicapped inmates.

On February 10, 1986, the parties entered into a consent decree, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado (Judge Donald Campbell) signed it on February 14, 1986. The order provided for improvements in the areas of medical care, storage for inmate property, handicapped access, food service, fire safety, heating, lighting, and grievance procedures. No monetary damages were awarded.

The six-month compliance report filed with the court noted that the defendants were in full compliance with the consent decree. We have no further information on the proceedings in this case.

Kristen Sagar - 03/31/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
Sex discrimination
General
Fire safety
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Loss or damage to property
Recreation / Exercise
Sanitation / living conditions
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Totality of conditions
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Colorado Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description female inmates at the Colorado Women's Correctional Facility in Fremont County, Colorado
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 Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1986 - 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 Decree 01/01/1986
PC-CO-0006-0001 PDF | Detail
Stipulation and Consent Decree 02/10/1986
PC-CO-0006-0004 PDF | Detail
Notice to inmates concerning settlement agreement 02/14/1986
PC-CO-0006-0002 PDF | Detail
Defendants' Six-Month Compliance Report 07/14/1986
PC-CO-0006-0003 PDF | Detail
Judges Campbell, Donald E. (State Trial Court)
PC-CO-0006-0001 | PC-CO-0006-0002 | PC-CO-0006-0003
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Miller, David H. (Colorado)
PC-CO-0006-0001 | PC-CO-0006-0004
Myers, Glen (Colorado)
PC-CO-0006-0001 | PC-CO-0006-0004
Defendant's Lawyers Rediger, Richard K. (Colorado)
PC-CO-0006-0001 | PC-CO-0006-0004
Sachs, Benjamin I. (Colorado)
PC-CO-0006-0001 | PC-CO-0006-0004
Other Lawyers None on record

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