On February 25, 2011, plaintiff, an inmate at the California Men's Colony Correctional Facility ("CMC") filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against the Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in his official capacity and ...
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On February 25, 2011, plaintiff, an inmate at the California Men's Colony Correctional Facility ("CMC") filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against the Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in his official capacity and the Warden of the California Men's Colony, in her official and individual capacities. The plaintiff, represented by the ACLU and private counsel, asked the court for preliminary and permanent injunctive relief barring defendants from enforcing the CMC's grooming policy, claiming that the policy violated his rights under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act ("RLIUPA"). Specifically, the plaintiff claimed that as an individual who has practiced Sikhism his entire life, including adhering to the requirement of keeping Kesh by not shaving his beard or cutting his hair, the grooming policy and subsequent disciplinary sanctions violated his rights under RLIUPA.
The plaintiff filed motion for a preliminary injunction on March 3, 2011, which was continued throughout the case until settlement. On March 15, 2011, the United States of American filed a motion to intervene, pursuant to RLIUPA, which granted the United States the authority to intervene in or bring an action for injunctive or declaratory relief to enforce RLIUPA.
On May 15, 2013, the parties filed a stipulated agreement to dismiss the case. The stipulated agreement established that the defendants would not discipline plaintiff under Title 15 California Code of Regulations section 3062(h); that defendants would expunge the plaintiff's record of any discipline imposed for violations of this section, and that the defendants would eliminate the beard length restriction from section 3062(h). On June 5, 2011, the parties requested that the Court stay all proceedings until the defendants' counsel amended section 3062(h).
On May 18, 2012, the District Court (Judge Stephen V. Wilson) dismissed the case with prejudice, as a result of a stipulated dismissal between the parties. Christina Bonanni - 10/18/2013