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Case Name Renalde v. Riveland PC-CO-0006
Docket / Court 84 CV 906 ( State Court )
State/Territory Colorado
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Prison Conditions
Case Summary
In April 1984, thirteen female inmates at the Colorado Women's Correctional Facility in Fremont County, Colorado, filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. §1983 against the Colorado Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. The plaintiffs, represented ... read more >
In April 1984, thirteen female inmates at the Colorado Women's Correctional Facility in Fremont County, Colorado, filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. §1983 against the Colorado Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. The plaintiffs, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and Colorado Rural Legal Services, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief as well as monetary damages. They alleged that their constitutional rights had been violated by deficiencies at the prison in the areas of overcrowding, sanitation, safety, medical care, food service, and discrimination against handicapped inmates.

On February 10, 1986, the parties entered into a consent decree, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado (Judge Donald Campbell) signed it on February 14, 1986. The order provided for improvements in the areas of medical care, storage for inmate property, handicapped access, food service, fire safety, heating, lighting, and grievance procedures. No monetary damages were awarded.

The six-month compliance report filed with the court noted that the defendants were in full compliance with the consent decree. We have no further information on the proceedings in this case.

Kristen Sagar - 03/31/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
Sex discrimination
General
Fire safety
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Loss or damage to property
Recreation / Exercise
Sanitation / living conditions
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Totality of conditions
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Colorado Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description female inmates at the Colorado Women's Correctional Facility in Fremont County, Colorado
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1986 - n/a
Case Ongoing No reason to think so
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Judicial Policy Making and the Modern State: How the Courts Reformed America's Prisons
By: Malcolm M. Feeley & Edward Rubin (UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law & Vanderbilt School of Law Faculty)
Citation: (1998)
[ Detail ]

  Civil Rights Injunctions Over Time: A Case Study of Jail and Prison Court Orders
N.Y.U. Law Review
By: Margo Schlanger (Washington University)
Citation: 81 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 550 (2006)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

Links Cruel Confinement: Abuse, Discrimination and Death Within Alabama's Prisons
Written: Jun. 04, 2014
(Southern Poverty Law Center )
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Consent Decree
PC-CO-0006-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/01/1986
Stipulation and Consent Decree
PC-CO-0006-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/10/1986
Notice to inmates concerning settlement agreement
PC-CO-0006-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/14/1986
Defendants' Six-Month Compliance Report
PC-CO-0006-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/14/1986
Judges Campbell, Donald E. (State Trial Court)
PC-CO-0006-0001 | PC-CO-0006-0002 | PC-CO-0006-0003
Plaintiff's Lawyers Miller, David H. (Colorado)
PC-CO-0006-0001 | PC-CO-0006-0004
Myers, Glen (Colorado)
PC-CO-0006-0001 | PC-CO-0006-0004
Defendant's Lawyers Rediger, Richard K. (Colorado)
PC-CO-0006-0001 | PC-CO-0006-0004
Sachs, Benjamin I. (Colorado)
PC-CO-0006-0001 | PC-CO-0006-0004

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