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Case Name Green v. District of Columbia PC-DC-0014
Docket / Court 1:90-cv-00793-TFH ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On April 5, 1990, prisoners of the District of Columbia filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the District of Columbia in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs, represented by the D.C. Prisoners' Legal Services Project, the American Civil ... read more >
On April 5, 1990, prisoners of the District of Columbia filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the District of Columbia in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs, represented by the D.C. Prisoners' Legal Services Project, the American Civil Liberties Union and private counsel, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief, alleging that their constitutional rights had been violated by inadequate medical care, an inadequate law library, lack of educational and vocational programming, and the denial of the opportunity to earn good time credits.

On November 12, 1991, the district court (Judge Thomas F. Hogan) granted partial summary judgment to the plaintiffs on their claim regarding access to courts. On September 25, 1992, after the defendants had failed to comply with the district court's order, the court began to impose daily fines on the defendants until they came into full compliance. On October 26, 1992, the district court (Judge Hogan) granted summary judgment to the plaintiffs on their medical care claim, but the court also granted summary judgment to the defendants on the programming claim. The defendants appealed.

On September 13, 1993, the parties proposed a settlement agreement to the court, and on November 9, 1993, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit remanded the case for further consideration of the settlement agreement. On July 8, 1994, the district court (Judge Hogan) approved the settlement agreement and dismissed the case.

On September 29, 2000, the plaintiffs asked the court to reopen the case for enforcement of the settlement agreement, alleging that the defendants had not been compliant. On October 2, 2000, the district court (Judge Hogan) declined to reinstate the case. The plaintiffs appealed. On November 13, 2000, the District of Columbia Circuit (Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg) affirmed the district court's refusal to reopen the case. Green v. District of Columbia, No. 99-7245, 2000 WL 1838751 (D.C.Cir. Nov. 13, 2000). The plaintiffs petitioned for rehearing, and on May 30, 2001, the District of Columbia Circuit issued a per curiam denial of that petition. Green v. District of Columbia, No. 00-7292, 2001, WL 674621 (D.C.Cir. May 30, 2001). Our docket, which is accurate as of October 25, 2005, ends at this point, and we have no further information on the proceedings in this case.

Kristen Sagar - 09/28/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Education
Law library access
Library (non-law) access
Rehabilitation
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) District of Columbia
Plaintiff Description prisoners of the District of Columbia
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
Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1994 - n/a
Case Closing Year 1994
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)
90-0793 (D.D.C.) 08/06/2001
PC-DC-0014-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief 05/05/1990
PC-DC-0014-0001.pdf | Detail
Order 11/13/2000 (2000 WL 1838751 / 2000 U.S.App.LEXIS 35392)
PC-DC-0014-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Order 05/30/2001 (2001 WL 674621 / 2001 U.S.App.LEXIS 13890)
PC-DC-0014-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Index of the Formal Papers 08/04/2003
PC-DC-0014-0002.pdf | Detail
Judges Ginsburg, Ruth Bader (SCOTUS, D.C. Circuit)
PC-DC-0014-0004
Hogan, Thomas Francis (D.D.C., FISC)
PC-DC-0014-0002 | PC-DC-0014-9000
Randolph, Arthur Raymond (D.C. Circuit)
PC-DC-0014-0003
Tatel, David S. (D.C. Circuit)
PC-DC-0014-0003 | PC-DC-0014-0004
Williams, Stephen Fain (D.C. Circuit)
PC-DC-0014-0003 | PC-DC-0014-0004
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Derosa, Mary B. (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0014-0001
Garnick, Murray R. (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0014-0001 | PC-DC-0014-0002 | PC-DC-0014-9000
Hoffman, Cathy A. (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0014-0001 | PC-DC-0014-9000
Kahn, Hilde E. (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0014-0001 | PC-DC-0014-9000
Lopes, Grace Michele (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0014-0001
Lotke, Eric Robert (Virginia)
PC-DC-0014-9000
Madonick, Helene B. (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0014-0001 | PC-DC-0014-0002 | PC-DC-0014-9000
Smith, Jonathan Mark (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0014-0001
Spitzer, Arthur (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0014-0001
Symonds, Elizabeth (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0014-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Love, Richard Stuart (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0014-9000
Marty, Kenneth (Virginia)
PC-DC-0014-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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