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Case Name Rice v. New York Department of Corrections JC-NY-0043
Docket / Court 1:03-cv-00582-DLC-RLE ( S.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
This case was instituted on January 27, 2003 when a pro se complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in order to challenge certain practices allegedly engaged in by officials at New York Department of Corrections (DOC) facilities. On July 21, 2003, after ... read more >
This case was instituted on January 27, 2003 when a pro se complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in order to challenge certain practices allegedly engaged in by officials at New York Department of Corrections (DOC) facilities. On July 21, 2003, after having secured court-appointed counsel, the three inmate plaintiffs filed an amended 42 U.S.C. § 1983 complaint. Plaintiffs alleged that Department of Corrections employees engaged in staging and betting on illegal fights between inmates. Plaintiffs further alleged that, when they refused to participate in such "arena fighting," corrections officers severely beat them.

Our information on this case is limited to that found in the PACER docket. According to the docket, the parties engaged in discovery and eventually settled the case. The District Court (Judge Ronald L. Ellis) entered a Stipulation and Order of Settlement and Discontinuance on August 25, 2004. The Terms of the settlement are not apparent from the PACER docket.

Dan Dalton - 03/05/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
General
Assault/abuse by staff
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 Three inmates in the New York Correctional system who were assaulted after refusing to participate in underground fights between inmates staged by NYDOCS staff.
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 Unknown
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2004
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies After Decision: Implementation of Judicial Decrees in Correctional Settings
Written: Oct. 01, 1977
By: M. Kay Harris & Dudley P. Spiller (Temple University)
Citation: (1977)
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Docket(s)
1:03-cv-00582-DLC-RLE (S.D.N.Y.) 08/30/2004
JC-NY-0043-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
No documents currently in the collection
Judges Cote, Denise (S.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0043-9000
Ellis, Ronald L. (S.D.N.Y.) [Magistrate]
JC-NY-0043-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Netburn, Sarah (New York)
JC-NY-0043-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Ben-Zvi, Leslie Haim (New York)
JC-NY-0043-9000
Decolator, John V. (New York)
JC-NY-0043-9000
Juneja, Kanika (New York)
JC-NY-0043-9000
Nagi, Jason A. (New York)
JC-NY-0043-9000
Nelson, Alan M. (New York)
JC-NY-0043-9000
Richman, Frederick (New York)
JC-NY-0043-9000
Other Lawyers Frankie, James G. (New York)
JC-NY-0043-9000
Paulose, Matthew Jr. (New York)
JC-NY-0043-9000

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