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Case Name Reynolds v. Goord PC-NY-0017
Docket / Court 98-6722 ( S.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On September 24, 1998, a Rastafarian inmate at the Green Haven Correctional Facility in New York filed a pro se lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the New York Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He asked the Court for declaratory and ... read more >
On September 24, 1998, a Rastafarian inmate at the Green Haven Correctional Facility in New York filed a pro se lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the New York Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He asked the Court for declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as damages, alleging that the defendants' policy of requiring all inmates to submit to an annual tuberculosis ("TB") screening violated his religious convictions. He argued that when they forced him to have a purified protein derivative injected into his body, the defendants violated his First and Eighth Amendment rights.

After the discovery phase of the litigation, the defendants asked the Court to dismiss the plaintiff's claims. On March 1, 2000, the District Court (Judge Cote) dismissed the plaintiff's Eighth Amendment claim, but denied the motion to dismiss in all other respects. The Court then agreed to appoint an attorney to represent the plaintiff in the litigation. Reynolds v. Goord, 2000 WL 235278 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 1, 2000).

The plaintiff asked the Court for a preliminary injunction, and on June 26, 2000, the District Court (Judge Cote) appointed Dr. Ronald Shansky to be the Court's expert witness for the preliminary injunction hearing. Reynolds v. Goord, 2000 WL 825690 (S.D.N.Y. Jun. 26, 2000). After the hearing, on July 13, 2000, the District Court (Judge Cote) issued a preliminary injunction, finding that plaintiff had shown a substantial likelihood of succeeding on the merits. Reynolds v. Goord, 103 F.2d 316 (S.D.N.Y. 2000). On February 13, 2001, the Court granted the plaintiff an award of his attorneys' fees for the cost of obtaining the preliminary injunction. Reynolds v. Goord, 2001 WL 118564 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 13, 2001).

According to our PACER docket, the District Court entered judgment for the plaintiff on March 13, 2001, and closed the case. We have no further information, as this is the end of the docket record.

Kristen Sagar - 10/02/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Preliminary relief granted
General
Administrative segregation
Personal injury
Religious programs / policies
Medical/Mental Health
Tuberculosis
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) New York Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description a Rastafarian inmate at the Green Haven Correctional Facility in New York
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Preliminary injunction / Temp. restraining order
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 2000 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2001
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)
98-6722 (S.D.N.Y.) 04/11/2001
PC-NY-0017-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Opinion and Order 03/01/2000 (2000 WL 235278) (S.D.N.Y.)
PC-NY-0017-0004 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Memorandum Opinion and Order 06/26/2000 (2000 WL 825690) (S.D.N.Y.)
PC-NY-0017-0006 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Opinion and Order 07/13/2000 (103 F.Supp.2d 316) (S.D.N.Y.)
PC-NY-0017-0003 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Opinion and Order 02/13/2001 (2001 WL 118564) (S.D.N.Y.)
PC-NY-0017-0005 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Judges Cote, Denise (S.D.N.Y.)
PC-NY-0017-0003 | PC-NY-0017-0004 | PC-NY-0017-0005 | PC-NY-0017-0006 | PC-NY-0017-9000
Katz, Theodore H. (S.D.N.Y.) [Magistrate]
PC-NY-0017-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bayard, Lynn Beth (New York)
PC-NY-0017-0003 | PC-NY-0017-0005 | PC-NY-0017-9000
Beller, Daniel J. (New York)
PC-NY-0017-0003 | PC-NY-0017-0005 | PC-NY-0017-0006 | PC-NY-0017-9000
Daskal, Jennifer (New York)
PC-NY-0017-0003
Neuer, Hillel C. (New York)
PC-NY-0017-0003 | PC-NY-0017-0005
Wald, Eli (New York)
PC-NY-0017-0003
Defendant's Lawyers Durden, Rebecca Ann (New York)
PC-NY-0017-0003 | PC-NY-0017-0005 | PC-NY-0017-0006
Foo, Tiffany M. (New York)
PC-NY-0017-0003 | PC-NY-0017-0004 | PC-NY-0017-0006
Horowitz, Jeffrey (New York)
PC-NY-0017-0003
Hueston, Michael Oliver (New York)
PC-NY-0017-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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