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Case Name Smith v. Reinke PC-ID-0011
Docket / Court 1:12-cv-00030 ( D. Idaho )
State/Territory Idaho
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Prison Conditions
Attorney Organization NDRN/Protection & Advocacy Organizations
Case Summary
On January 23, 2012, a deaf inmate incarcerated at the Idaho State Correctional Institution filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho. The plaintiff sued the Idaho Department of Correction (IDOC) under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act ... read more >
On January 23, 2012, a deaf inmate incarcerated at the Idaho State Correctional Institution filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho. The plaintiff sued the Idaho Department of Correction (IDOC) under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act. Specifically, the plaintiff claimed that IDOC's failure to provide him with a videophone meant he was denied an equal opportunity to communicate with people outside the prison. The plaintiff, represented by Disability Rights Idaho, sought declaratory and injunctive relief as well as attorneys’ fees and costs. The case was initially assigned to Judge Candy W Dale, but later reassigned to Judge B. Lynn Winmill and then Judge Dee V. Benson.

The plaintiff claimed that the text telephone (TTY) provided by the prison did not allow him to communicate in his primary language (American Sign Language). Furthermore, the technology was becoming obsolete as the number of people using a TTY outside of prison had decreased due to changing technology.

The case was referred to Magistrate Judge Larry M. Boyle when the parties agreed to a settlement conference to be held on October 31, 2012. The parties attempted to reach a settlement between 2012 and 2014 but ultimately could not reach an agreement. The defendant filed a motion for a jury trial, which was denied on May 27, 2014. The case was referred to Judge Dee V. Bensen for a Settlement Conference.

The parties reached a settlement on January 16, 2015, in which IDOC agreed to provide the plaintiff with access to a videophone, as well as training for the plaintiff and designated IDOC staff members in the operation of the videophone technology. The agreement also required IDOC to pay $35,000 to the plaintiffs' attorneys, Disability Rights Idaho. On January 29, 2015, Chief Judge B. Lynn Winmill ordered the case be dismissed with prejudice, based on the parties’ settlement.
[Although the settlement agreement is not part of the docket, Disability Rights Idaho posted it on their website.]

Averyn Lee - 01/31/2019


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Training
Defendant-type
Corrections
Disability
Hearing impairment
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
General
Phone
TTY/Close Captioning/Videophone/etc.
Language
Other
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act), 29 U.S.C. § 701
Defendant(s) Idaho Department of Correction
Plaintiff Description A deaf incarcerated adult and Disability Rights Idaho
Indexed Lawyer Organizations 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
Filing Year 2012
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-00030 (D. Idaho)
PC-ID-0011-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/23/2012
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
PC-ID-0011-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/23/2012
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Judges Benson, Dee Vance (FISC, D. Utah) show/hide docs
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Winmill, B. Lynn (D. Idaho) show/hide docs
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Butler, Mary J. (Idaho) show/hide docs
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Cunningham, Amy (Idaho) show/hide docs
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Holthus, Courtney Rose (Idaho) show/hide docs
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Mickelsen, J Carl (Idaho) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Hayes, Leslie Marie (Idaho) show/hide docs
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Howard, Krista L. (Idaho) show/hide docs
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Kubinski, Mark A. (Idaho) show/hide docs
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