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Case Name Hyde v. Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice PC-TX-0005
Docket / Court 4:94-cv-02987 ( 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
Constitutional Clause
Free Exercise Clause
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 outcome Not sought
Filed Pro Se Yes
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
Filed 08/30/1994
Case Closing Year 2003
Case Ongoing No
Court Docket(s)
S.D. Tex.
12/24/2003
94-2987
PC-TX-0005-9000.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
S.D. Tex.
12/21/1994
Initial Order [ECF# 3]
PC-TX-0005-0001.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
S.D. Tex.
12/21/1994
Order for More Definite Statement [ECF# 4]
PC-TX-0005-0002.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
S.D. Tex.
02/01/1996
Order [ECF# 7]
PC-TX-0005-0003.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
S.D. Tex.
04/10/1996
Order [ECF# 11]
PC-TX-0005-0004.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
S.D. Tex.
06/04/1996
Partial Dismissal Order [ECF# 14]
PC-TX-0005-0005.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
S.D. Tex.
08/15/1996
Show Cause Order [ECF# 16]
PC-TX-0005-0006.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
S.D. Tex.
09/23/1996
Order [ECF# 18]
PC-TX-0005-0007.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
S.D. Tex.
10/23/1996
Opinion on Judgment [ECF# 21]
PC-TX-0005-0008.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
S.D. Tex.
10/23/1996
Opinion on Judgment [ECF# 21] (948 F.Supp. 625)
PC-TX-0005-0012.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
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S.D. Tex.
10/23/1996
Final Judgment [ECF# 22]
PC-TX-0005-0009.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
S.D. Tex.
11/27/2001
Opinion [ECF# 32]
PC-TX-0005-0010.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
S.D. Tex.
03/20/2003
Opinion [ECF# 36]
PC-TX-0005-0011.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Crone, Marcia A. (S.D. Tex., E.D. Tex.) show/hide docs
PC-TX-0005-0001 | PC-TX-0005-0002 | PC-TX-0005-0003
Hughes, Lynn Nettleton (S.D. Tex.) show/hide docs
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) show/hide docs
PC-TX-0005-0012

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