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Case Name Garnes v. District of Columbia PC-DC-0002
Docket / Court 97CV00240 ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On February 4, 1997, disabled prisoners of the District of Columbia filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. § 12101, and the Rehabilitation Act (RA), 29 U.S.C. § 701, against the District of Columbia in the U.S. District Court for ... read more >
On February 4, 1997, disabled prisoners of the District of Columbia filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. § 12101, and the Rehabilitation Act (RA), 29 U.S.C. § 701, against the District of Columbia in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs, represented by the D.C. Prisoners' Legal Services Project, Open Society Institute and Public Justice Center, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief, alleging that their constitutional rights had been violated by the denial of access to educational programs, religious programs, rehabilitation, and visitation.

On August 23, 1997, the parties entered into a settlement agreement, which provided for a change in the policies and practices of the facilities regarding disabled prisoners, renovation of the facilities, and relocation of programs to places that were more accessible to wheelchairs. On August 29, 1997, the district court (Judge Paul L. Friedman) granted preliminary approval to the settlement. On March 17, 1998, the district court (Judge Friedman) granted final approval to the settlement agreement and entered it in court as a consent decree.

On May 26, 1998, the district court (Judge Friedman) granted the plaintiffs attorneys fees and costs in the amount of $61,000. On December 23, 1998, the court granted the plaintiffs another $5,875.50 in attorneys fees. This is where our docket, which is accurate as of 06/16/2005, ends. We have no further information on the proceedings in this case.

Kristen Sagar - 09/25/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
General
Education
Rehabilitation
Type of Facility
Government-run
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) District of Columbia
Plaintiff Description disabled prisoners of the District of Columbia
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 1997 - n/a
Case Ongoing No reason to think so
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Civil Rights Injunctions Over Time: A Case Study of Jail and Prison Court Orders
N.Y.U. Law Review
Written: May. 01, 2006
By: Margo Schlanger (Washington University)
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
Written: Jan. 01, 1998
By: Malcolm M. Feeley & Edward Rubin (UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law & Vanderbilt School of Law Faculty)
Citation: (1998)
[ Detail ]

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

Docket(s)
97-CV-00240-PLF (D.D.C.)
PC-DC-0002-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/23/1998
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint For Declaratory and Injunctive Relief
PC-DC-0002-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/04/1997
Stipulation of Settlement and Order (D.D.C.)
PC-DC-0002-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/23/1997
Order (D.D.C.)
PC-DC-0002-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/17/1998
Judges Friedman, Paul L. Court not on record
PC-DC-0002-0001 | PC-DC-0002-0002 | PC-DC-0002-0003 | PC-DC-0002-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Hall, Aurie Talbor (Maryland)
PC-DC-0002-0001 | PC-DC-0002-0002 | PC-DC-0002-9000
Smith, Jonathan Mark (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0002-0001 | PC-DC-0002-0002 | PC-DC-0002-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Amato, Maria-Claudia T. (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0002-0002 | PC-DC-0002-9000
Earle, William J. (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0002-0002
Robinson, Jo Anne (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0002-0002
Zielinski, Michael Edward (District of Columbia)
PC-DC-0002-0002

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