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Case Name Dowl v. Williams PC-AK-0002
Docket / Court 3:18-cv-00119-HRH ( D. Alaska )
State/Territory Alaska
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Attorney Organization Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
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Issues and Causes of Action
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Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Due Process
Equal Protection
Free Exercise Clause
Content of Injunction
Preliminary relief granted
Religion discrimination
Assault/abuse by staff
Conditions of confinement
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Language/ethnic/minority needs
Religious programs / policies
Totality of conditions
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Ex parte Young (federal or state officials)
Religious Freedom Rest. Act/Religious Land Use and Inst. Persons Act (RFRA/RLUIPA)
Defendant(s) Alaska Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description Two practicing Muslim prisoners at the Anchorage Correctional Complex.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted Moot
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Preliminary injunction / Temp. restraining order
Source of Relief Litigation
Order Duration 2018 - 2018
Case Ongoing Yes
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
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 ]

3:18-cv-119 (D. Alaska)
PC-AK-0002-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/31/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
PC-AK-0002-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/22/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [ECF# 18] (2018 WL 2392498) (D. Alaska)
PC-AK-0002-0002.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 05/25/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Complaint [ECF# 35]
PC-AK-0002-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/06/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Holland, Hezekiah Russel (D. Alaska)
PC-AK-0002-0002 | PC-AK-0002-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Abbas, Gadeir Ibrahim (District of Columbia)
PC-AK-0002-0001 | PC-AK-0002-0003 | PC-AK-0002-9000
Homer, Carolyn M. (District of Columbia)
PC-AK-0002-0003 | PC-AK-0002-9000
Masri, Lena Fatina (District of Columbia)
PC-AK-0002-0001 | PC-AK-0002-0003 | PC-AK-0002-9000
Mohamed, Ahmed M. (District of Columbia)
Defendant's Lawyers Cicotte, Matthias (Alaska)

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