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Case Name Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania v. Wetzel PC-PA-0031
Docket / Court 1:13-cv-00635-JEJ ( M.D. Pa. )
State/Territory Pennsylvania
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Special Collection Post-PLRA Jail and Prison Private Settlement Agreements
Solitary confinement
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing & Feinberg, LLP
NDRN/Protection & Advocacy Organizations
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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Content of Injunction
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitor/Master
Monitoring
Reporting
Defendant-type
Corrections
Jurisdiction-wide
Disability
Mental impairment
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
General
Administrative segregation
Conditions of confinement
Disciplinary procedures
Disciplinary segregation
Restraints : physical
Solitary confinement/Supermax (conditions or process)
Medical/Mental Health
Mental health care, general
Self-injurious behaviors
Suicide prevention
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Act, 42 U.S.C. § 10801
Defendant(s) Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description The Disability Rights Network (DRN), a Pennsylvania non-profit designated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §§ 10801-07 as an entity that can advocate for and protect the rights of Pennsylvanians with mental illness.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing & Feinberg, LLP
NDRN/Protection & Advocacy Organizations
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Attorneys fees
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration 2015 - 2018
Filing Year 2013
Case Closing Year 2018
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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  Civil Rights Injunctions Over Time: A Case Study of Jail and Prison Court Orders
N.Y.U. Law Review
Date: May 2006
By: Margo Schlanger (Washington University Faculty)
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
Book
Date: Jan. 1, 1998
By: Malcolm M. Feeley & Edward Rubin (UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law & Vanderbilt School of Law Faculty Faculty)
Citation: (1998)
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Docket(s)
1:13-cv-635 (M.D. Pa.)
PC-PA-0031-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/05/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint
PC-PA-0031-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/11/2013
Source: ACLU
PA DOC Sued on Behalf of Prisoners with Serious Mental Illness Held in Solitary Confinement
PC-PA-0031-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/11/2013
Source: ACLU
Settlement Agreement and General Release [ECF# 59]
PC-PA-0031-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/09/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Dismissing Case [ECF# 62] (M.D. Pa.)
PC-PA-0031-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/15/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Addendum to Settlement Agreement [ECF# 63]
PC-PA-0031-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/05/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Jones, John E. III (M.D. Pa.)
PC-PA-0031-0004 | PC-PA-0031-9000
Schwab, Susan (M.D. Pa.) [Magistrate]
PC-PA-0031-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bonthuis, Mari (New York)
PC-PA-0031-0001 | PC-PA-0031-0003 | PC-PA-0031-9000
Darr, Kelly L. (Pennsylvania)
PC-PA-0031-0001 | PC-PA-0031-0003 | PC-PA-0031-9000
Formichelli, Michael (New York)
PC-PA-0031-0003 | PC-PA-0031-9000
Hellerman, Eric (New York)
PC-PA-0031-0001 | PC-PA-0031-0003 | PC-PA-0031-9000
Kornblau, David L. (New York)
PC-PA-0031-0001 | PC-PA-0031-0003 | PC-PA-0031-9000
Love, Angus R. (Pennsylvania)
PC-PA-0031-0001 | PC-PA-0031-0003 | PC-PA-0031-9000
Meek, Robert W. (Pennsylvania)
PC-PA-0031-0001 | PC-PA-0031-0003 | PC-PA-0031-0005 | PC-PA-0031-9000
Roper, Mary Catherine (Pennsylvania)
PC-PA-0031-0001 | PC-PA-0031-9000
Rudovsky, David (Pennsylvania)
PC-PA-0031-0001 | PC-PA-0031-0003 | PC-PA-0031-9000
Skakalski, Jeffrey M. (Pennsylvania)
PC-PA-0031-0001 | PC-PA-0031-0003 | PC-PA-0031-9000
Walczak, Witold J. (Pennsylvania)
PC-PA-0031-0001 | PC-PA-0031-0003 | PC-PA-0031-9000
Yeh, Su Ming (Pennsylvania)
PC-PA-0031-0001 | PC-PA-0031-0003
Defendant's Lawyers Fulginiti, Joseph (Pennsylvania)
PC-PA-0031-0003 | PC-PA-0031-9000
Gates, Timothy (Pennsylvania)
PC-PA-0031-0003 | PC-PA-0031-9000
Kramer, Barry N. (Pennsylvania)
PC-PA-0031-0003 | PC-PA-0031-9000
Lewis, Maryanne (Pennsylvania)
PC-PA-0031-0003 | PC-PA-0031-0005 | PC-PA-0031-9000
Perez, Theron (Pennsylvania)
PC-PA-0031-0003

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