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Case Name Wilson v. Gunter PC-CO-0007
Docket / Court 90-145 ( D. Colo. )
State/Territory Colorado
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On January 24, 1990, prisoners 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 alleged that the defendants had violated their constitutional right to religious freedom by ... read more >
On January 24, 1990, prisoners 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 alleged that the defendants had violated their constitutional right to religious freedom by failing to: (1) hire an Islamic chaplain, (2) allocate funds for Islamic materials and programs, (3) accommodate Islamic dietary requirements, (4) allocate space for Islamic materials, and by (5) discriminatory transfers of some Islamic inmates.

On May 29, 1992, the parties reached a settlement agreement, which the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado (Judge Richard Matsch) adopted on December 7, 1992. On December 22, 1992, several plaintiffs who did not like the settlement agreement asked the court to reopen the case and enjoin the enforcement of the agreement. On November 24, 1993, the court (Judge Matsch) denied the motion to reopen the case. The plaintiffs appealed.

On April 8, 1994, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (Judges James Logan, Oliver Seth, and James Barrett) affirmed the lower court's refusal to reopen the case. Wilson v. Hamilton, 1994 WL 117480 (10th Cir.(Colo.), April 8, 1994).

On March 17, 1999, the plaintiffs again asked the court to reopen the case, and on May 23, 1999, the court (Judge Matsch) again denied the request. We have no further information on the proceedings in this case.

Kristen Sagar - 03/28/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Classification / placement
Religious programs / policies
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Colorado Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description prisoners of the state of Colorado
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 1992 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
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)
90-145 (D. Colo.) 04/26/1999
PC-CO-0007-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order and Judgment 04/08/1994 (21 F.3d 1123)
PC-CO-0007-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Judges Barrett, James Emmett (FISCR, Tenth Circuit)
PC-CO-0007-0001
Logan, James Kenneth (Tenth Circuit)
PC-CO-0007-0001
Matsch, Richard Paul (D. Colo.)
PC-CO-0007-9000
Seth, Oliver (Tenth Circuit)
PC-CO-0007-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers DeGette, Diana L. (Colorado)
PC-CO-0007-9000
Miller, David H. (Colorado)
PC-CO-0007-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Lievers, Carolyn J. (Colorado)
PC-CO-0007-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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