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Case Name Willis v. Indiana Dept. of Correction PC-IN-0022
Docket / Court 1:09-cv-00815-JMS-DML ( S.D. Ind. )
State/Territory Indiana
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Special Collection DOJ Civil Rights Division Statements of Interest
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
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Issues and Causes of Action
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Constitutional Clause
Free Exercise Clause
Content of Injunction
Religion discrimination
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Religious programs / policies
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Religious Freedom Rest. Act/Religious Land Use and Inst. Persons Act (RFRA/RLUIPA)
Defendant(s) Indiana Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description All prisoners confined within the Indiana Department of Correction, including the New Castle Correctional Facility, who have identified, or who will identify, themselves to the Indiana Department of Correction as requiring a kosher diet in order to properly exercise their religious beliefs and who have requested such a diet, or would request it if such a diet was available.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Declaratory Judgment
Attorneys fees
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2016 - 2019
Filing Year 2009
Case Closing Year 2019
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)
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  Judicial Policy Making and the Modern State: How the Courts Reformed America's Prisons
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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1:09-cv-815 (S.D. Ind.)
PC-IN-0022-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/25/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief and Nominal Damages [ECF# 1]
PC-IN-0022-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/01/2009
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Second Amended Complaint - Class Action Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief and Individual Claim for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief and Nominal Damages [ECF# 17]
PC-IN-0022-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/18/2009
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order and Opinion [ECF# 101] (753 F.Supp.2d 768) (S.D. Ind.)
PC-IN-0022-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 11/01/2010
Source: Google Scholar
Statement of Interest of the United States [ECF# 126]
PC-IN-0022-0002.pdf | External Link | Detail
Date: 01/14/2011
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Order [ECF# 129] (S.D. Ind.)
PC-IN-0022-0001.pdf | External Link | Detail
Date: 01/25/2011
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Amended Verified Petition for Contempt [ECF# 272]
PC-IN-0022-0008.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/14/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Finding Private Settlement Agreement to be Fair, Reasonable and Adequate Pursuant to Rule 23(e) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure [ECF# 303] (S.D. Ind.)
PC-IN-0022-0007.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/27/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Lynch, Debra McVicker (S.D. Ind.) [Magistrate] show/hide docs
Magnus-Stinson, Jane Elizabeth (S.D. Ind.) show/hide docs
PC-IN-0022-0001 | PC-IN-0022-0003 | PC-IN-0022-0007 | PC-IN-0022-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Falk, Kenneth J. (Indiana) show/hide docs
PC-IN-0022-0004 | PC-IN-0022-0005 | PC-IN-0022-0008 | PC-IN-0022-9000
Mygatt, Timothy D (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
Songer, Michael J. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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