Case: Renalde v. Riveland

84 CV 906 | Colorado state trial court

Filed Date: 1984

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Case Summary

In April 1984, thirteen female inmates at the Colorado Women's Correctional Facility in Fremont County, Colorado, filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. §1983 against the Colorado Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. The plaintiffs, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and Colorado Rural Legal Services, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief as well as monetary damages. They alleged that their constitutional right…

In April 1984, thirteen female inmates at the Colorado Women's Correctional Facility in Fremont County, Colorado, filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. §1983 against the Colorado Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. The plaintiffs, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and Colorado Rural Legal Services, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief as well as monetary damages. They alleged that their constitutional rights had been violated by deficiencies at the prison in the areas of overcrowding, sanitation, safety, medical care, food service, and discrimination against handicapped inmates.

On February 10, 1986, the parties entered into a consent decree, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado (Judge Donald Campbell) signed it on February 14, 1986. The order provided for improvements in the areas of medical care, storage for inmate property, handicapped access, food service, fire safety, heating, lighting, and grievance procedures. No monetary damages were awarded.

The six-month compliance report filed with the court noted that the defendants were in full compliance with the consent decree. We have no further information on the proceedings in this case.

Summary Authors

Kristen Sagar (3/31/2006)

People


Judge(s)

Campbell, Donald E. (Colorado)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Miller, David H. (Colorado)

Myers, Glen (Colorado)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Rediger, Richard K. (Colorado)

Sachs, Benjamin I. (Colorado)

Judge(s)

Campbell, Donald E. (Colorado)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Miller, David H. (Colorado)

Myers, Glen (Colorado)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Rediger, Richard K. (Colorado)

Sachs, Benjamin I. (Colorado)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Consent Decree

Jan. 1, 1986 Order/Opinion

Stipulation and Consent Decree

Feb. 10, 1986 Order/Opinion

Notice to inmates concerning settlement agreement

Feb. 14, 1986 Notice Letter

Defendants' Six-Month Compliance Report

July 14, 1986 Monitor/Expert/Receiver Report

Docket

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

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

State / Territory: Colorado

Case Type(s):

Prison Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: 1984

Case Ongoing: No reason to think so

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

female inmates at the Colorado Women's Correctional Facility in Fremont County, Colorado

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

Colorado Department of Corrections (Canon City), State

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Constitutional Clause(s):

Cruel and Unusual Punishment

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:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Order Duration: 1986 - None

Issues

General:

Fire safety

Food service / nutrition / hydration

Loss or damage to property

Recreation / Exercise

Sanitation / living conditions

Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)

Totality of conditions

Crowding:

Crowding / caseload

Discrimination-basis:

Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)

Sex discrimination

Affected Gender:

Female

Type of Facility:

Government-run