Case: Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Gonzales

3:06-cv-00244 | U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

Filed Date: May 4, 2006

Closed Date: 2006

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Case Summary

On May 4, 2006, the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin against the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Department of Justice, challenging the constitutionality of single-faith re-entry programs in federal penitentiaries. The Complaint alleged that the Bureau's ongoing 18-month Life Connections Program, and attempts to expand that program to include "single faith" programs, violated the Establishm…

On May 4, 2006, the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin against the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Department of Justice, challenging the constitutionality of single-faith re-entry programs in federal penitentiaries. The Complaint alleged that the Bureau's ongoing 18-month Life Connections Program, and attempts to expand that program to include "single faith" programs, violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

On September 13, 2006, the District Court (Judge John C. Shabaz) denied the defendants' motion to sever any claim relating to the Office of Management and Budget from the lawsuit.

Subsequent to the filing of the Complaint, the Bureau announced that it was canceling its plan to set up "single faith" programs in federal penitentiaries.

The parties entered a stipulation to dismiss the case without prejudice on November 9, 2006.

Summary Authors

Dan Dalton (2/17/2007)

People


Judge(s)

Easterbrook, Frank Hoover (Illinois)

Evans, Terence Thomas (Wisconsin)

Flaum, Joel Martin (Illinois)

Kanne, Michael Stephen (Indiana)

Manion, Daniel Anthony (Indiana)

Posner, Richard Allen (Illinois)

Ripple, Kenneth Francis (Indiana)

Rovner, Ilana Kara Diamond (Illinois)

Shabaz, John C. (Wisconsin)

Sykes, Diane S. (Wisconsin)

Judge(s)

Easterbrook, Frank Hoover (Illinois)

Evans, Terence Thomas (Wisconsin)

Flaum, Joel Martin (Illinois)

Kanne, Michael Stephen (Indiana)

Manion, Daniel Anthony (Indiana)

Posner, Richard Allen (Illinois)

Ripple, Kenneth Francis (Indiana)

Rovner, Ilana Kara Diamond (Illinois)

Shabaz, John C. (Wisconsin)

Sykes, Diane S. (Wisconsin)

Williams, Ann Claire (Illinois)

Wood, Diane Pamela (Illinois)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Bolton, Richard L. (Wisconsin)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Herje, Leslie K. (Wisconsin)

Sturgill, Lowell V. Jr. (District of Columbia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket (PACER)

Nov. 9, 2006 Docket

USCA Order Denying Rehearing en Banc

Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Chao

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

447 F.3d 988, 2006 U.S.App.LEXIS 10942

May 3, 2006 Order/Opinion
2

Complaint

May 4, 2006 Complaint
14

Order (re severance)

2006 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 66745

Sept. 13, 2006 Order/Opinion

"Single Faith" Federal Prison Programs Canceled after FFRF Files Suit: A Major Victory for FFRF!

No Court

Oct. 27, 2006 Press Release

USCA Opinion

Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Chao

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

433 F.3d 989, 2006 U.S.App.LEXIS 811

Nov. 13, 2006 Order/Opinion

USCA Opinion

Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Chao

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

250 Fed.Appx. 751, 2007 U.S.App.LEXIS 24319

Oct. 15, 2007 Order/Opinion

Docket

Last updated May 12, 2022, 8 p.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

State / Territory: Wisconsin

Case Type(s):

Prison Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: May 4, 2006

Closing Date: 2006

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. whose purpose is to protect the fundamental constitutional principle of separation of church and state by representing and advocating on behalf of its members

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Federal Bureau of Prisons , Federal

Department of Justice, Federal

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Ex Parte Young (Federal) or Bivens

Constitutional Clause(s):

Establishment Clause

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

None

Source of Relief:

None

Form of Settlement:

Voluntary Dismissal

Issues

General:

Religious programs / policies

Type of Facility:

Government-run