Case: U.S. v. Wyoming State Department of Corrections

2:02-cv-00068 | U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming

Filed Date: April 15, 2002

Closed Date: 2003

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Case Summary

On June 29, 1999, the United States issued a findings letter concluding its investigation of the Wyoming State Penitentiary pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1997 (CRIPA), in which it found that certain conditions violated the constitutional rights of the inmates. Wyoming denied that any conditions at the facility violated the rights of the inmates, however it agreed to enter into a settlement agreement to implement the recommendations of the United St…

On June 29, 1999, the United States issued a findings letter concluding its investigation of the Wyoming State Penitentiary pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1997 (CRIPA), in which it found that certain conditions violated the constitutional rights of the inmates. Wyoming denied that any conditions at the facility violated the rights of the inmates, however it agreed to enter into a settlement agreement to implement the recommendations of the United States for improving the facility. When the United States initiated its investigation, the facility consisted of one compound, "North Facility." During the course of the investigation, the State completed construction of a new compound: "South Facility." Pursuant to the agreement, the State agreed to vacate the North Facility until such time as the life safety and other structural concerns regarding the new facility were remedied.

The agreement, which was implemented after April 2000, included provisions covering the following remedial measures: a) medical care policy, procedures, and staffing; b) mental health staffing, screening, administrative and punitive segregation, medication and treatment; c) security; d) fire safety; and e) monitoring of compliance with the settlement. The United States District Court for the District of Wyoming had jurisdiction over the matter for one year after both parties agreed that the State had substantially complied with the agreement.

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Summary Authors

Rebecca Bloch (3/19/2006)

People


Judge(s)

Beaman, William C. (Wyoming)

Johnson, Alan Bond (Wyoming)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Ashcroft, John (District of Columbia)

Barrick, Andrew J. (District of Columbia)

Boyd, Ralph F. Jr. (District of Columbia)

Lee, Bill Lann (District of Columbia)

Mead, Matthew H. (Wyoming)

Nelson, Mellie H. (District of Columbia)

Rosenbaum, Steven H. (District of Columbia)

Statkus, Carol A. (Wyoming)

Judge(s)

Beaman, William C. (Wyoming)

Johnson, Alan Bond (Wyoming)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Ashcroft, John (District of Columbia)

Barrick, Andrew J. (District of Columbia)

Boyd, Ralph F. Jr. (District of Columbia)

Lee, Bill Lann (District of Columbia)

Mead, Matthew H. (Wyoming)

Nelson, Mellie H. (District of Columbia)

Rosenbaum, Steven H. (District of Columbia)

Statkus, Carol A. (Wyoming)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Fetsco, Daniel Michael (Wyoming)

Gorseth, Lori L. (Wyoming)

MacMillan, H. [Hoke] M. (Wyoming)

Renneisen, John W. (Wyoming)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

2:02-cv-00068

Docket (PACER)

USA v. WY

July 5, 2006

July 5, 2006

Docket
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2:02-cv-00068

Complaint

U.S. v. Wyoming State DOC

April 15, 2002

April 15, 2002

Complaint

2:02-cv-00068

Settlement Agreement

U.S. v. Wyoming State DOC

April 15, 2002

April 15, 2002

Settlement Agreement

2:02-cv-00068

Findings Letter

U.S. v. Wyoming State DOC

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None

Findings Letter/Report

Resources

Docket

Last updated Aug. 13, 2022, 3:08 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
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COMPLAINT (summons(es) not issued) filing fee waived (jlg) (Entered: 04/15/2002)

April 15, 2002

April 15, 2002

2

JOINT MOTION by plaintiff and defendants for conditional dismissal (jlg) (Entered: 04/15/2002)

April 15, 2002

April 15, 2002

3

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE for plaintiff by Andrew J Barrick (jlg) (Entered: 04/15/2002)

April 15, 2002

April 15, 2002

5

NOTIFICATION OF COMPLEXITY OF CASE by plaintiff; the case is non-complex (jlg) (Entered: 04/15/2002)

April 15, 2002

April 15, 2002

6

ORDER by Magistrate Judge William C. Beaman granting motion for attorney Andrew J Barrick to appear pro hac vice [4-1] (cc: all counsel mld 4/17/02) (jlg) (Entered: 04/17/2002)

April 16, 2002

April 16, 2002

7

ORDER OF CONDITIONAL DISMISSAL by Honorable Alan B. Johnson; it is ordered that this case is conditionally dismissed and shall be placed on the inactive docket pending compliance with the settlement agreement lodged with the court; the court will retain jurisdiction over the case, pending compliance with the settlement agreement until a final dismissal with prejudice is entered (cc: all counsel mld & EOD 8/7/02) (jlg) (Entered: 08/07/2002)

Aug. 6, 2002

Aug. 6, 2002

8

ORDERED by the Honorable Alan B Johnson that case be administratively closed on the Courts active docket. Should the need arise in the future the Clerk of Court is directed to reactive the case without payment of any further fee upon written request of any of the parties.(cc: all counsel 9/1/05.)(js, ) (Entered: 09/01/2005)

Sept. 1, 2005

Sept. 1, 2005

9

NOTICE of Attorney Appearance by Daniel Michael Fetsco on behalf of State of Wyoming, Wyoming Department of Corrections, Wyoming Department of Corrections State Penitentiary Director, Wyoming Department of Corrections State Penitentiary Warden (sjlg, ) (Entered: 06/02/2006)

June 2, 2006

June 2, 2006

10

MOTION to Dismiss filed by Plaintiff United States of America. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(sjlg, ) (Entered: 07/06/2006)

July 5, 2006

July 5, 2006

11

ORDER by the Honorable Alan B Johnson granting 10 Motion to Dismiss (cc: all counsel on 7/6/06.)(sjlg, ) (Entered: 07/06/2006)

July 5, 2006

July 5, 2006

Case Details

State / Territory: Wyoming

Case Type(s):

Prison Conditions

Special Collection(s):

Multi-LexSum (in sample)

Key Dates

Filing Date: April 15, 2002

Closing Date: 2003

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

United States of America (on behalf of persons incarcerated at the Wyoming State Penitentiary)

Plaintiff Type(s):

U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Wyoming Department of Corrections (Laramie), State

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq.

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Order Duration: 2002 - 2003

Issues

General:

Classification / placement

Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)

Affected Gender:

Male

Medical/Mental Health:

Medical care, general

Mental health care, general

Type of Facility:

Government-run