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Case Name Anderson v. Coughlin PC-NY-0037
Docket / Court 84-2259 ( S.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
In 1984, inmates at the special housing units of several different state prisons in New York filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the New York State Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The prisoners, represented by ... read more >
In 1984, inmates at the special housing units of several different state prisons in New York filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the New York State Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The prisoners, represented by Legal Aid Society of New York, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief, alleging that their constitutional rights had been violated by the conditions of their cofinement, including a lack of indoor exercise areas or recreational equipment in the outdoor exercise areas.

The parties reached a settlement regarding all issues in the litigation except the exercise and recreational issues. The district court (Judge Charles L. Brieant) granted summary judgment to the defendants on these remaining issues, and the plaintiffs appealed. On March 11, 1985, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (Judge Jon O. Newman) affirmed the district court's decision, holding that exercise arrangements for inmates in special housing units did not violate the Eighth Amendment, and therefore the inmates were not entitled to indoor exercise areas or recreational equipment in the outdoor exercise areas. Anderson v. Coughlin, 757 F.2d 33 (2nd Cir. 1985).

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
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) New York State Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description inmates at the special housing units of state prisons in New York
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Mixed
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 1985 - 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
Reported Opinion 03/11/1985 (757 F.2d 33)
PC-NY-0037-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Newman, Jon Ormond (Second Circuit, D. Conn.)
PC-NY-0037-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Beck, John A. (New York)
PC-NY-0037-0001
Hellerstein, William E. (New York)
PC-NY-0037-0001
Lewis, Dori A. (New York)
PC-NY-0037-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Abrams, Robert W. (New York)
PC-NY-0037-0001
Camhi, Stanley A. (New York)
PC-NY-0037-0001
Liu, Adeline (New York)
PC-NY-0037-0001
Mehlman, Frederick K. (New York)
PC-NY-0037-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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