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Case Name Marria v. Broadus PC-NY-0041
Docket / Court 97-CV-8297 ( S.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On November 10, 1997, an inmate at the Shawangunk Correctional Facility in Wallkill, New York, filed a pro se lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) against the New York State Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the ... read more >
On November 10, 1997, an inmate at the Shawangunk Correctional Facility in Wallkill, New York, filed a pro se lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) against the New York State Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The plaintiff asked the Court for declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as damages, alleging that his constitutional rights had been violated when the prison refused to allow him to receive mailed literature pertaining to his particular religious group.

On March 27, 2002, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald) granted partial summary judgment to the defendants, holding that the prisoner could submit his expert report, but that the prison officials could not submit theirs. The Court also held that the prison officials were entitled to qualified immunity from the prisoner's due process claims. Marria v. Broaddus, 200 F.2d 280 (S.D.N.Y. 2002).

On July 31, 2003, the District Court (Judge Buchwald) granted declaratory and injunctive relief to the plaintiff, holding that the prisoner's beliefs were sincere and religious, and therefore protected by RLUIPA and the U.S. Constitution. Marria v. Broaddus, No. 97-8297, 2003 WL 21782633 (S.D.N.Y. July 31, 2003). The Court ordered the defendants to reevaluate their procedures in light of the Court's order.

After reevaluating their procedures, the defendants produced a set of proposed protocols which the District Court (Judge Buchwald) approved and adopted on July 30, 2004. Marria v. Broaddus, No. 97-8297, 2004 WL 1724984 (S.D.N.Y. July 30, 2004). As all issues were resolved, the Court ordered the case dismissed. The plaintiff appealed. On September 9, 2005, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit dismissed the appeal.

We have no further information on the proceedings in this case.

Kristen Sagar - 11/10/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Religious programs / policies
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Religious Freedom Rest. Act/Religious Land Use and Inst. Persons Act (RFRA/RLUIPA)
42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) New York Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description Prison inmate claiming the prison's policies, customs and practices have deprived him of the ability to practice his faith, in violation of his constitutional and statutory rights
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 2003 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2004
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)
97-8297 (S.D.N.Y.) 11/18/2005
PC-NY-0041-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Amended Complaint 11/03/2000
PC-NY-0041-0001 PDF | Detail
Memorandum and Order 03/27/2002 (200 F.Supp.2d 280) (S.D.N.Y.)
PC-NY-0041-0002 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Opinion and Order 07/31/2003 (2003 WL 21782633) (S.D.N.Y.)
PC-NY-0041-0003 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Opinion and Order 07/30/2004 (2004 WL 1724984) (S.D.N.Y.)
PC-NY-0041-0004 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Judges Buchwald, Naomi Reice (S.D.N.Y.) [Magistrate]
PC-NY-0041-0002 | PC-NY-0041-0003 | PC-NY-0041-0004 | PC-NY-0041-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Kroe, Amy I. (New York)
PC-NY-0041-0002 | PC-NY-0041-9000
Sacharoff, Laurent (New York)
PC-NY-0041-0002 | PC-NY-0041-9000
Viola, Damore (New York)
PC-NY-0041-0004
Zealand, Elise S. (New York)
PC-NY-0041-0002 | PC-NY-0041-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Kusinitz, Alan R. (New York)
PC-NY-0041-0002 | PC-NY-0041-9000
Lee, Benjamin (New York)
PC-NY-0041-0004 | PC-NY-0041-9000
Spitzer, Eliot (New York)
PC-NY-0041-0002
Vacco, Dennis C. (New York)
PC-NY-0041-0002
Vullo, Stephanie (New York)
PC-NY-0041-0002 | PC-NY-0041-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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