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Case Name Mathis v. Henderson PC-NY-0020
Docket / Court 80-7779 ( State Court )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On July 7, 1980, prisoners of the state of New York filed a lawsuit under Article 78 of the New York Corrections Rules and Regulations against the New York State Department of Corrections in the New York Supreme Court. The plaintiffs, who were represented by Prisoners' Legal Services of New York, ... read more >
On July 7, 1980, prisoners of the state of New York filed a lawsuit under Article 78 of the New York Corrections Rules and Regulations against the New York State Department of Corrections in the New York Supreme Court. The plaintiffs, who were represented by Prisoners' Legal Services of New York, alleged that their rights had been violated by the unconstitutional deprivation of "outdoor exercise." The plaintiffs, who who were permitted to exercise outside of their cells for at least one hour each day in any one of four rooms located above special housing unit at correctional facility, were denied the ability to exercise outdoors. The state regulation provided that weather providing, exercise must be out of doors.

On December 5, 1980, the New York Supreme Court (Judge Peter E. Corning) granted injunctive relief to the plaintiffs, finding that their rights had been violated. The court then ordered the defendants to comply with the regulations regarding outdoor exercise, concluding that the exercise that was provided was not "outdoors" as mandated by the regulation. Mathis v. Henderson, 437 N.Y.S.2d 34 (N.Y.S. Dec. 5, 1980). The court required the facility to submit a plan to the court for outdoor exercise in complaince with the regulation. We have no further information on the proceedings in this case.

Kristen Sagar - 10/31/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Recreation / Exercise
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) New York State Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description Inmates who were permitted to exercise outside of their cells for at least one hour each day in any one of four rooms located above special housing unit at correctional facility, alleging they were being deprived of "outdoor exercise"
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 Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 1980 - 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)
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General Documents
Decision 12/05/1980 (437 N.Y.S.2d 34)
PC-NY-0020-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Judges Corning, Peter E. (State Trial Court)
PC-NY-0020-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Colavito, Maria (New York)
PC-NY-0020-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Barry, Edwin (New York)
PC-NY-0020-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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