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Case Name Hyde v. Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice PC-TX-0005
Docket / Court 94-2987 ( S.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
Dale Hyde, a pro se plaintiff, brought suit against the Texas Department of Criminal Justice under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 on August 30, 1994, complaining that his religious group was not allowed to meet under the same circumstances as other religious groups at the prison where he was incarcerated. ... read more >
Dale Hyde, a pro se plaintiff, brought suit against the Texas Department of Criminal Justice under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 on August 30, 1994, complaining that his religious group was not allowed to meet under the same circumstances as other religious groups at the prison where he was incarcerated. Hyde had previously filed a written complaint with the prison about restrictions on his religious practices as a Jehovah's Witness. On October 23, 1996, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Judge Lynn N. Hughes) held that the warden's rejection of Hyde's complaint at the highest level within the prison grievance procedure resulted in a personal loss of religious freedom to Hyde. Hyde v. Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice, 948 F.Supp. 625 (S.D.Tex. 1996). Judge Hughes ordered that Hyde be allowed to attend religious meetings of Jehovah's Witnesses on the same conditions as other similarly situated religious groups. Hyde's religious group was entitled to meet without an approved outside volunteer and in the same size group as other religious groups at the prison. Judge Hughes further ordered that Hyde receive ""time off"" of work for ten days as compensation for his problems with religious meetings. The case was closed on October 23, 1996. Subsequent motions to appeal and to amend the original claim dating to 2003 were dismissed.

Angela Heverling - 12/01/2005


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
General
Religious programs / policies
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Texas Department of Justice
Texas DOC
Plaintiff Description Jehovah's Witness inmate who claims he is not given the same freedoms to practice his religion as Muslims in the prison.
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement Confession of Judgment
Order Duration 1996 - 1996
Case Closing Year 2003
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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  Cruel Confinement: Abuse, Discrimination and Death Within Alabama's Prisons
Date: Jun 4, 2014
(Southern Poverty Law Center )
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  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)
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)
Citation: (1998)
[ Detail ]

Docket(s)
94-2987 (S.D. Tex.)
PC-TX-0005-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/24/2003
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Initial Order [ECF# 3] (S.D. Tex.)
PC-TX-0005-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/21/1994
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order for More Definite Statement [ECF# 4] (S.D. Tex.)
PC-TX-0005-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/21/1994
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [ECF# 7] (S.D. Tex.)
PC-TX-0005-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/01/1996
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [ECF# 11] (S.D. Tex.)
PC-TX-0005-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/10/1996
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Partial Dismissal Order [ECF# 14] (S.D. Tex.)
PC-TX-0005-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/04/1996
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Show Cause Order [ECF# 16] (S.D. Tex.)
PC-TX-0005-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/15/1996
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [ECF# 18] (S.D. Tex.)
PC-TX-0005-0007.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/23/1996
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion of Judgment (948 F.Supp. 625) (S.D. Tex.)
PC-TX-0005-0012.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 10/23/1996
Source: Google Scholar
Opinion on Judgment [ECF# 21] (S.D. Tex.)
PC-TX-0005-0008.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/23/1996
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Final Judgment [ECF# 22] (S.D. Tex.)
PC-TX-0005-0009.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/23/1996
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion [ECF# 32] (S.D. Tex.)
PC-TX-0005-0010.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/27/2001
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion [ECF# 36] (S.D. Tex.)
PC-TX-0005-0011.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/20/2003
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Crone, Marcia A. (S.D. Tex.)
PC-TX-0005-0001 | PC-TX-0005-0002 | PC-TX-0005-0003
Hughes, Lynn Nettleton Court not on record
PC-TX-0005-0004 | PC-TX-0005-0005 | PC-TX-0005-0006 | PC-TX-0005-0007 | PC-TX-0005-0008 | PC-TX-0005-0009 | PC-TX-0005-0010 | PC-TX-0005-0011 | PC-TX-0005-0012 | PC-TX-0005-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Felfe, Sharon (Texas)
PC-TX-0005-0012

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