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Case Name Haynes v. State of Ohio PC-OH-0015
Docket / Court 72-223 ( S.D. Ohio )
State/Territory Ohio
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On June 13,1978 two inmates at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Ohio Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. The plaintiffs alleged that their constitutional rights had been violated by the ... read more >
On June 13,1978 two inmates at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Ohio Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. The plaintiffs alleged that their constitutional rights had been violated by the prison's regulations restricting the prisoners' use of white prayer robes to the prison chapel.

On April 6, 1983, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (Judge Carl Rubin) granted summary judgment to the defendants, holding that the regulation in question was a permissible exercise of the discretion granted to prison officials to administer penal institutions and that their actions did not violate the inmates' constitutional rights. The plaintiffs appealed.

On July 30, 1985, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (Judge Albert Engel, Judge Boyce Martin, and Judge Thomas Wiseman) affirmed the district court's decision, holding that the prison regulation did not violate the First Amendment rights of the inmates, and that the consent decree entered in another case ordering the State of Ohio to allow incarcerated Muslims to practice their religion was not violated by the regulation.

Kristen Sagar - 08/19/2007


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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 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Ohio Department of Corrections
Southern Ohio Correctional Facility
Plaintiff Description Prison inmate challenging constitutionality of prison directive of restricting prisoners' use of white prayer robes to prison chapel
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 1983 - n/a
Case Closing Year 1985
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)
72-223 (S.D. Ohio) 08/19/1992
PC-OH-0015-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Reported Opinion 07/30/1985 (769 F.2d 345)
PC-OH-0015-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Engel, Albert Joseph (W.D. Mich., Sixth Circuit)
PC-OH-0015-0001
Kinneary, Joseph Peter (S.D. Ohio)
PC-OH-0015-9000
Martin, Boyce Ficklen Jr. (Sixth Circuit)
PC-OH-0015-0001
Wiseman, Thomas Anderton Jr. (M.D. Tenn.)
PC-OH-0015-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Anninos, A.P. (Ohio)
PC-OH-0015-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Pertz, Frank F. (Ohio)
PC-OH-0015-0001
Studer, Raymond J. (Ohio)
PC-OH-0015-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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