Case: Katka v. State of Montana

09-01163 | Montana state trial court

Filed Date: 2009

Case Ongoing

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Case Summary

In 2009, a teenaged prisoner with mental illness who spent over a year in solitary confinement filed a lawsuit in the Montana First Judicial District Court, Lewis and Clark County, under Montana state law, against the State of Montana . Plaintiff, represented by the Montana ACLU, asked the court for injunctive relief.On March 30, 2012, the parties reached a partial settlement. Under the settlement, 1) juveniles cannot be placed in solitary confinement or behavior management programs for more th…

In 2009, a teenaged prisoner with mental illness who spent over a year in solitary confinement filed a lawsuit in the Montana First Judicial District Court, Lewis and Clark County, under Montana state law, against the State of Montana . Plaintiff, represented by the Montana ACLU, asked the court for injunctive relief.

On March 30, 2012, the parties reached a partial settlement. Under the settlement, 1) juveniles cannot be placed in solitary confinement or behavior management programs for more than 72 hours without the approval of the director of the Department of Corrections, 2) juveniles will initially be placed in the lowest category of confinement unless they have a significant institutional history or have been convicted of a severe offense, 3) classification of juvenile inmates will take into account their unique needs for education and mental and medical treatment and their lack of full maturity, 4) mentally ill prisoners cannot be placed into solitary confinement if it is determined it will harm their mental health, and those who are placed in solitary confinement must receive private treatment sessions with a mental health professional as often as necessary, and 5) suicidal inmates cannot be placed in behavior management programs.

No docket is available, for this court. But this case is ongoing.

Summary Authors

Gregory Pitt (7/23/2012)


Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Ellingson, Jon (Montana)

Giuttari, Jennifer (Montana)

Griffing, Betsy (Montana)

Larose, Andree (Montana)

Waterman, Ronald F. (Montana)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Davis, Maxon R. (Montana)

Snyder-Varns, Pamela (Montana)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Ellingson, Jon (Montana)

Giuttari, Jennifer (Montana)

Griffing, Betsy (Montana)

Larose, Andree (Montana)

Waterman, Ronald F. (Montana)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Davis, Maxon R. (Montana)

Snyder-Varns, Pamela (Montana)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Press Release

April 16, 2011 Press Release

Settlement Agreement

March 30, 2012 Settlement Agreement

Resources

Title Description External URL

Raistlen Katka v. State of Montana

ACLU

The ACLU, along with co-operating attorney Andree Larose of the Helena firm, Reynolds, Motl and Sherwood, filed a complaint against the state of Montana and the Montana Department of Corrections in D… April 12, 2012 https://www.aclumontana.org/en/cases/raistlen-katka-v-state-montana

Digging Out of the Hole: Arguments Against the Use of Juvenile Solitary Confinement in Kentucky

Mary Ann Lee

Part I of this Note begins with an explanation of the practices commonly employed by states that authorize solitary confinement, an examination of the changing landscape of punitive solitary confinem… Jan. 1, 2016 https://uknowledge.uky.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1007&context=klj

Docket

Last updated May 12, 2022

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

State / Territory: Montana

Case Type(s):

Juvenile Institution

Key Dates

Filing Date: 2009

Case Ongoing: Yes

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Juvenile prisoner in Montana State Prison System.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

ACLU Affiliates (any)

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: Unknown

Class Action Sought: Unknown

Class Action Outcome: Unknown

Defendants

State of Montana, State

Montana Department of Corrections, State

Case Details

Causes of Action:

State law

Availably Documents:

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Private Settlement Agreement

Order Duration: 2012 - 0

Content of Injunction:

Reporting

Issues

General:

Classification / placement

Conditions of confinement

Confinement/isolation

Juveniles

Suicide prevention

Disability:

Mental impairment

Medical/Mental Health:

Mental health care, unspecified

Suicide prevention

Type of Facility:

Government-run