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Case Name Sardakowski v. Clements PC-CO-0024
Docket / Court 1:12-cv-01326-RBJ-KLM ( D. Colo. )
State/Territory Colorado
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On May 21, 2012, an inmate who suffered from severe mental illness and had a developmental disability filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. The plaintiff, representing himself, sued the Colorado Department of Corrections (DOC), claiming that the DOC's failure ... read more >
On May 21, 2012, an inmate who suffered from severe mental illness and had a developmental disability filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. The plaintiff, representing himself, sued the Colorado Department of Corrections (DOC), claiming that the DOC's failure to provide him with adequate psychotropic medication was cruel and unusual punishment.

On November 19, 2012, now represented by the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, the plaintiff filed an amended complaint. The plaintiff sued under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Rehabilitation Act, asking the Court for declaratory and injunctive relief. He alleged that the defendant subjected him to cruel and unusual punishment and discriminated against him on the basis of his disability. More specifically, that the defendants placed him in administrative segregation, also known as solitary confinement, because of his disability.

After the plaintiff's amended complaint survived a motion to dismiss and a motion for summary judgment, the plaintiff filed an unopposed motion to appoint a judicial officer for settlement conference. The plaintiff’s motion was granted in an April 2, 2014 order, and a settlement conference was set to be held before Magistrate Judge Craig Shaffer for April 7, 2014. After the settlement conference, the parties were ordered to file a stipulated motion to administratively close the case and a further settlement conference was set. The parties complied with the order, and their motion to administratively close the case for six months was granted on April 9, 2014.

After the Court granted the motion to administratively close the case, the parties began negotiations for settlement. In a settlement agreement dated July 24, 2015, the parties negotiated a private settlement agreement, which is not publicly available. The claims against the defendant were dismissed with prejudice by Judge Jackson on July 27, 2015. This case is closed.

Saeeda Joseph-Charles - 10/10/2016


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Establishment Clause
Defendant-type
Corrections
Disability
Mental impairment
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
General
Administrative segregation
Conditions of confinement
Medical/Mental Health
Intellectual disability/mental illness dual diagnosis
Intellectual/Developmental Disability
Self-injurious behaviors
Suicide prevention
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act), 29 U.S.C. § 701
Defendant(s) Colorado Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description Plaintiff was an inmate incarcerated in the Colorado State Penitentiary. He suffered from severe mental illness and had a developmental disability.
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Case Closing Year 2015
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)
[ Detail ]

Docket(s)
1:12-cv-1326-RBJ-KLM (D. Colo.)
PC-CO-0024-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/27/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
PC-CO-0024-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/21/2012
Amended Complaint [ECF# 62]
PC-CO-0024-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/19/2012
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Findings and Recommendations [Denying Defendant's MTD and Dismissing Plaintiff's Claims for Retrospective Declaratory Relief] [ECF# 92]
PC-CO-0024-0007.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/26/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiff's Response to Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment [ECF# 117]
PC-CO-0024-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/26/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Reporter's Transcript: Hearing on Motion for Summary Judgment and Final Trial Preparation Conference
PC-CO-0024-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/25/2014
Source: Plaintiffs' counsel
Stipulation of Dismissal with Prejudice [ECF# 195]
PC-CO-0024-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/24/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Mix, Kristen L. (D. Colo.) [Magistrate]
PC-CO-0024-0007
Plaintiff's Lawyers Fontana, Lauren (Colorado)
PC-CO-0024-0001 | PC-CO-0024-0002 | PC-CO-0024-9000
Rovner, Laura Lee (Colorado)
PC-CO-0024-0001 | PC-CO-0024-0002 | PC-CO-0024-0004 | PC-CO-0024-0005 | PC-CO-0024-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Alber, Christopher Wayne (Colorado)
PC-CO-0024-0005 | PC-CO-0024-9000
Gellar, Nicole S. (Colorado)
PC-CO-0024-9000

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