Case: Gartrell v. Ashcroft

1:01-cv-01895 | U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Filed Date: Sept. 7, 2001

Closed Date: April 11, 2003

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Case Summary

Rastafarian and Muslim inmates from the District of Columbia who were housed at Virginia correctional facilities filed a class action lawsuit challenging Virginia Department of Corrections' policies prohibiting long hair or beards on inmates. The inmates were represented by Hogan and Hartson and the American Civil Liberties Union. The inmates, who sued the District of Columbia, the U.S. Attorney General, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), alleged that the BOP's decision to house them at V…

Rastafarian and Muslim inmates from the District of Columbia who were housed at Virginia correctional facilities filed a class action lawsuit challenging Virginia Department of Corrections' policies prohibiting long hair or beards on inmates. The inmates were represented by Hogan and Hartson and the American Civil Liberties Union. The inmates, who sued the District of Columbia, the U.S. Attorney General, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), alleged that the BOP's decision to house them at Virginia facilities rather than federal facilities violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and their Free Exercise of Religion because Virginia's grooming policy infringed on their religious beliefs forbidding them from cutting their hair and shaving their beards.This case was filed on September 7, 2001, but is a continuation of litigation brought against the District of Columbia in 1999, in which the BOP intervened as a defendant. The court resolved the earlier case by entering a judgment in favor of the defendants, finding that the inmates had failed to exhaust their administrative remedies as required by the Prison Litigation Reform Act. Jackson v. District of Columbia, 89 F.Supp.2d 48 (D.D.C. 2000). The court also rejected the plaintiffs' claims that the grooming policy violated RFRA or the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. On appeal, the DC Circuit affirmed the judgment, agreeing that the inmates had not exhausted their administrative appeals, but vacated the portion regarding the merits of the religious claims. Jackson v. District of Columbia, 254 F.3d 262 (D.C. Cir. 2001). The inmates exhausted their administrative remedies and refiled the case in 2001.

Following a three-day bench trial, the District Court (Judge Henry H. Kennedy, Jr.) held that the inmates' sincerely held religious beliefs were burdened by the policy, that the BOP's decision to house inmates at Virginia facilities was subject to review under RFRA, and that the BOP failed to show that housing inmates at Virginia facilities was narrowly tailored to meet a compelling state interest. Gartrell v. Ashcroft, 191 F.Supp.2d 23 (D.D.C. 2002)

On February 19, 2002, Judge Kennedy issued an order granting injunctive relief to the inmates and ordering the BOP to consider each inmates' religious beliefs and practices before designating them to a Virginia prison. If an inmate's religious belief would be burdened due to their policies, that should mitigate against housing the inmate there. The court also ordered the BOP to evaluate whether the Virginia grooming policy burdened its existing inmates housed in Virginia facilities, and transfer inmates whose beliefs were so affected. The order also gave the court ongoing jurisdiction to monitor the case and ensure that the terms of the injunction were followed. The BOP appealed.

In 2003, the parties entered into a settlement on attorneys fees, which acknowledged that the BOP had been in compliance with the court's order. The BOP agreed to dismiss its appeal as part of this agreement. This agreement was approved by Judge Kennedy on February 27, 2003. On April 11, 2003, the court issued an order dismissing the case.

Summary Authors

Denise Lieberman (10/23/2005)

People

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Judge(s)

Henderson, Karen LeCraft (District of Columbia)

Kennedy, Henry Harold Jr. (District of Columbia)

Rogers, John M. (District of Columbia)

Tatel, David S. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Abram, Jonathan L. (District of Columbia)

Haft, William S. (District of Columbia)

Hogan, E. Desmond (District of Columbia)

Murphy, Christopher K. (District of Columbia)

Spitzer, Arthur (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Humphreys, Michael A. (District of Columbia)

Judge(s)

Henderson, Karen LeCraft (District of Columbia)

Kennedy, Henry Harold Jr. (District of Columbia)

Rogers, John M. (District of Columbia)

Tatel, David S. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Abram, Jonathan L. (District of Columbia)

Haft, William S. (District of Columbia)

Hogan, E. Desmond (District of Columbia)

Murphy, Christopher K. (District of Columbia)

Spitzer, Arthur (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Humphreys, Michael A. (District of Columbia)

Jackson, Gregory (District of Columbia)

Lawrence, R. Craig (District of Columbia)

Lerner, Jacques Phillip (District of Columbia)

Lewis, Wilma A. (District of Columbia)

Prager, Lutz Alexander (District of Columbia)

Reischel, Charles L. (District of Columbia)

Rigsby, Robert (District of Columbia)

Schwab, Edward E. (District of Columbia)

Zane, Daria Jean (District of Columbia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket (PACER)

April 16, 2003 Docket

Memorandum of Decision

Jackson v. D.C.

89 F.Supp.2d 48, 2000 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 3660

March 21, 2000 Order/Opinion

Opinion

Jackson v. D.C.

U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

254 F.3d 262, 2001 U.S.App.LEXIS 15420

July 10, 2001 Order/Opinion
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Memorandum

191 F.Supp.2d 23, 2002 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 2730

Feb. 19, 2002 Order/Opinion

Order

U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

2003 WL 1873847

April 11, 2003 Order/Opinion

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/4211085/gartrell-v-ashcroft/

Last updated May 13, 2022

ECF Number Description Date Link
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COMPLAINT filed by plaintiff ISADORE GARTRELL, plaintiff ANTOINE GROSS, plaintiff DARNELL STANLEY, plaintiff CARL WOLFE; Exhibits (10) (tth) Modified on 09/10/2001 (Entered: 09/10/2001)

Sept. 7, 2001
1

COMPLAINT filed by plaintiff ISADORE GARTRELL, plaintiff ANTOINE GROSS, plaintiff DARNELL STANLEY, plaintiff CARL WOLFE; Exhibits (10) (tth) Modified on 09/10/2001 (Entered: 09/10/2001)

Sept. 7, 2001 PACER

SUMMONS (4) issued to federal party(s) federal defendant JOHN D. ASHCROFT, federal defendant KATHLEEN HAWK-SAWYER, federal defendant BOP, and non-pary: U.S. Attorney (tth) (Entered: 09/10/2001)

Sept. 7, 2001
2

MOTION filed by plaintiff ISADORE GARTRELL, plaintiff ANTOINE GROSS, plaintiff DARNELL STANLEY, plaintiff CARL WOLFE for temporary restraining order, and for preliminary injunction (tth) (Entered: 09/10/2001)

Sept. 7, 2001 PACER
2

MOTION filed by plaintiff ISADORE GARTRELL, plaintiff ANTOINE GROSS, plaintiff DARNELL STANLEY, plaintiff CARL WOLFE for temporary restraining order , and for preliminary injunction (tth) (Entered: 09/10/2001)

Sept. 7, 2001
4

RESPONSE by federal defendant JOHN D. ASHCROFT, federal defendant KATHLEEN HAWK-SAWYER, federal defendant BOP in opposition to motion for preliminary injunction [2-2] by CARL WOLFE, DARNELL STANLEY, ANTOINE GROSS, ISADORE GARTRELL .; attachment (PREAMBLE) (cas) (Entered: 09/12/2001)

Sept. 10, 2001 PACER
3

ORDER by Judge Henry H. Kennedy : denying motion for temporary restraining order [2-1] by CARL WOLFE, DARNELL STANLEY, ANTOINE GROSS, ISADORE GARTRELL status hearing set for 10:00 9/18/01 ; (N) (dcn) (Entered: 09/12/2001)

Sept. 12, 2001 PACER
4

RESPONSE by federal defendant JOHN D. ASHCROFT, federal defendant KATHLEEN HAWK-SAWYER, federal defendant BOP in opposition to motion for preliminary injunction [2-2] by CARL WOLFE, DARNELL STANLEY, ANTOINE GROSS, ISADORE GARTRELL .; attachment (PREAMBLE) (cas) (Entered: 09/12/2001)

Sept. 10, 2001

CASE REASSIGNED to Judge Henry H. Kennedy (td) (Entered: 09/13/2001)

Sept. 10, 2001
5

REPLY by plaintiffs in support of their motion for preliminary injunction [2-2] by CARL WOLFE, DARNELL STANLEY, ANTOINE GROSS, ISADORE GARTRELL; exhibits (3) (cdw) (Entered: 09/18/2001)

Sept. 17, 2001 PACER
6

SUBSTITUTION OF COUNSEL for federal defendant JOHN D. ASHCROFT, federal defendant KATHLEEN HAWK-SAWYER, substituting Daria Jean Zane for attorney Michael A. Humphreys (cdw) (Entered: 09/26/2001)

Sept. 24, 2001 PACER
3

ORDER by Judge Henry H. Kennedy : denying motion for temporary restraining order [2-1] by CARL WOLFE, DARNELL STANLEY, ANTOINE GROSS, ISADORE GARTRELL status hearing set for 10:00 9/18/01 ; (N) (dcn) (Entered: 09/12/2001)

Sept. 12, 2001
7

JOINT MOTION by plaintiffs, federal defendants for order scheduling discovery, filing of dispositive motions and trial (cdw) (Entered: 09/26/2001)

Sept. 24, 2001 PACER
5

REPLY by plaintiffs in support of their motion for preliminary injunction [2-2] by CARL WOLFE, DARNELL STANLEY, ANTOINE GROSS, ISADORE GARTRELL; exhibits (3) (cdw) (Entered: 09/18/2001)

Sept. 17, 2001
8

ANSWER TO COMPLAINT [1-1] by federal defendant JOHN D. ASHCROFT, federal defendant KATHLEEN HAWK-SAWYER, federal defendant BOP . (cdw) (Entered: 09/27/2001)

Sept. 25, 2001 PACER

STATUS HEARING before Judge Henry H. Kennedy : trial set for 9:30 10/29/01 ; Reporter: Dolores Byers (dcn) (Entered: 09/18/2001)

Sept. 18, 2001
9

WITNESS LIST by plaintiffs (cdw) (Entered: 09/28/2001)

Sept. 27, 2001 PACER
6

SUBSTITUTION OF COUNSEL for federal defendant JOHN D. ASHCROFT, federal defendant KATHLEEN HAWK-SAWYER , substituting Daria Jean Zane for attorney Michael A. Humphreys (cdw) (Entered: 09/26/2001)

Sept. 24, 2001
7

JOINT MOTION by plaintiffs, federal defendants for order scheduling discovery, filing of dispositive motions and trial (cdw) (Entered: 09/26/2001)

Sept. 24, 2001
10

MOTION filed by plaintiffs WOLFE for class certification, and reduction of defendant's time to respond ; exhibits (1)(cdw) Modified on 10/10/2001 (Entered: 10/03/2001)

Sept. 27, 2001 PACER
8

ANSWER TO COMPLAINT [1-1] by federal defendant JOHN D. ASHCROFT, federal defendant KATHLEEN HAWK-SAWYER, federal defendant BOP . (cdw) (Entered: 09/27/2001)

Sept. 25, 2001
11

SCHEDULING ORDER by Judge Henry H. Kennedy granting joint motion for order scheduling discovery, filing of dispositive motions and trial [7-1] by federal defendantss, plaintiff (N) (dcn) (Entered: 10/05/2001)

Oct. 3, 2001 PACER
9

WITNESS LIST by plaintiffs (cdw) (Entered: 09/28/2001)

Sept. 27, 2001
12

RESPONSE by federal defendant JOHN D. ASHCROFT, KATHLEEN HAWK-SAWYER, BOP in opposition to motion for class certification [10-1] by CARL WOLFE, DARNELL STANLEY, ANTOINE GROSS, ISADORE GARTRELL. (aet) (Entered: 10/05/2001)

Oct. 3, 2001 PACER
10

MOTION filed by plaintiffs WOLFE for class certification , and reduction of defendant's time to respond ; exhibits (1)(cdw) Modified on 10/10/2001 (Entered: 10/03/2001)

Sept. 27, 2001
13

REPLY by plaintiffs to response in opposition to motion for class certification [10-1] and reduction of defendant's time to respond [10-2] by CARL WOLFE, DARNELL STANLEY, ANTOINE GROSS, ISADORE GARTRELL; exhibits (5) (cdw) (Entered: 10/10/2001)

Oct. 9, 2001 PACER
11

SCHEDULING ORDER by Judge Henry H. Kennedy granting joint motion for order scheduling discovery, filing of dispositive motions and trial [7-1] by federal defendantss, plaintiff (N) (dcn) (Entered: 10/05/2001)

Oct. 3, 2001
14

MOTION filed by federal defendants for summary judgment ; exhibits (1), attachments (cdw) (Entered: 10/18/2001)

Oct. 17, 2001 PACER
15

PETITION filed by plaintiffs ISADORE GARTRELL, ANTOINE GROSS, DARNELL STANLEY, CARL WOLFE for writ of habeas corpus ad testificandum (nmr) (Entered: 10/22/2001)

Oct. 19, 2001 PACER
12

RESPONSE by federal defendant JOHN D. ASHCROFT, KATHLEEN HAWK-SAWYER, BOP in opposition to motion for class certification [10-1] by CARL WOLFE, DARNELL STANLEY, ANTOINE GROSS, ISADORE GARTRELL. (aet) (Entered: 10/05/2001)

Oct. 3, 2001
16

RESPONSE by plaintiffs in opposition to motion for summary judgment [14-1] by BOP, KATHLEEN HAWK-SAWYER, JOHN D. ASHCROFT; exhibits (15) (cdw) (Entered: 10/25/2001)

Oct. 22, 2001 PACER
13

REPLY by plaintiffs to response in opposition to motion for class certification [10-1] and reduction of defendant's time to respond [10-2] by CARL WOLFE, DARNELL STANLEY, ANTOINE GROSS, ISADORE GARTRELL; exhibits (5) (cdw) (Entered: 10/10/2001)

Oct. 9, 2001
20

MOTION (CONSENT) filed by federal defendants to file 25-page reply to plaintiffs' opposition to motion for summary judgment ; EXHIBIT (REPLY) (cdw) (Entered: 10/26/2001)

Oct. 24, 2001 PACER
14

MOTION filed by federal defendants for summary judgment ; exhibits (1), attachments (cdw) (Entered: 10/18/2001)

Oct. 17, 2001
21

RESPONSE (OPPOSITIONS) by federal defendants to plaintiff's statement of disputed issues of material fact (cdw) (Entered: 10/26/2001)

Oct. 24, 2001 PACER
15

PETITION filed by plaintiffs ISADORE GARTRELL, ANTOINE GROSS, DARNELL STANLEY, CARL WOLFE for writ of habeas corpus ad testificandum (nmr) (Entered: 10/22/2001)

Oct. 19, 2001

WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS AD TESTIFICANDUM issued on 10/19/01 for the production of Isadore Gartrell, Antoine Gross, Darnell Stanley, Marlon White , and Carl Wolfe for preparation of trial on 10/23/01 before Judge Henry H. Kennedy, Jr. (dcn) (Entered: 10/23/2001)

Oct. 19, 2001
17

STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER by Judge Henry H. Kennedy ; setting forth procedures for handling confidential material; allowing designated material to be filed under seal. (N) (dcn) (Entered: 10/26/2001)

Oct. 25, 2001 PACER
16

RESPONSE by plaintiffs in opposition to motion for summary judgment [14-1] by BOP, KATHLEEN HAWK-SAWYER, JOHN D. ASHCROFT; exhibits (15) (cdw) (Entered: 10/25/2001)

Oct. 22, 2001
22

MOTION filed by federal defendants in limine to preclude testimony of plaintiffs and inmate witness (cdw) (Entered: 10/26/2001)

Oct. 25, 2001 PACER
20

MOTION (CONSENT) filed by federal defendants to file 25-page reply to plaintiffs' opposition to motion for summary judgment ; EXHIBIT (REPLY) (cdw) (Entered: 10/26/2001)

Oct. 24, 2001
18

ORDER by Judge Henry H. Kennedy : granting motion for class certification [10-1] by CARL WOLFE, DARNELL STANLEY, ANTOINE GROSS, ISADORE GARTRELL (N) (dcn) (Entered: 10/26/2001)

Oct. 26, 2001 RECAP
23

MOTION (CONSENT) filed by federal defendants JOHN D. ASHCROFT, KATHLEEN HAWK-SAWYER, and BOP to extend time to 10/27/01 to file stipulations of fact and pretrial submission and memorandum of points and authorities in support thereof (ag) (Entered: 10/30/2001)

Oct. 26, 2001 PACER
21

RESPONSE (OPPOSITIONS) by federal defendants to plaintiff's statement of disputed issues of material fact (cdw) (Entered: 10/26/2001)

Oct. 24, 2001
19

ORDER by Judge Henry H. Kennedy : finding motion reduction of defendant's time to respond by CARL WOLFE, DARNELL STANLEY, ANTOINE GROSS, ISADORE GARTRELL [10-2] moot (N) (dcn) (Entered: 10/26/2001)

Oct. 26, 2001 PACER
17

STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER by Judge Henry H. Kennedy ; setting forth procedures for handling confidential material; allowing designated material to be filed under seal. (N) (dcn) (Entered: 10/26/2001)

Oct. 25, 2001
22

MOTION filed by federal defendants in limine to preclude testimony of plaintiffs and inmate witness (cdw) (Entered: 10/26/2001)

Oct. 25, 2001
24

RULE 26(b)(4) STATEMENT filed by plaintiffs ISADORE GARTRELL, ANTOINE GROSS, DARNELL STANLEY, and CARL WOLFE (ag) (Entered: 10/30/2001)

Oct. 26, 2001 PACER
18

ORDER by Judge Henry H. Kennedy : granting motion for class certification [10-1] by CARL WOLFE, DARNELL STANLEY, ANTOINE GROSS, ISADORE GARTRELL (N) (dcn) (Entered: 10/26/2001)

Oct. 26, 2001
25

RULE 26(b)(4) STATEMENT filed by federal defendant JOHN D. ASHCROFT, federal defendant KATHLEEN HAWK-SAWYER, federal defendant BOP (td) (Entered: 10/30/2001)

Oct. 27, 2001 PACER
19

ORDER by Judge Henry H. Kennedy : finding motion reduction of defendant's time to respond by CARL WOLFE, DARNELL STANLEY, ANTOINE GROSS, ISADORE GARTRELL [10-2] moot (N) (dcn) (Entered: 10/26/2001)

Oct. 26, 2001
29

FIRST SUPPLEMENTAL EXHIBIT LIST by federal defendants (cdw) (Entered: 11/02/2001)

Oct. 29, 2001 PACER
24

RULE 26(b)(4) STATEMENT filed by plaintiffs ISADORE GARTRELL, ANTOINE GROSS, DARNELL STANLEY, and CARL WOLFE (ag) (Entered: 10/30/2001)

Oct. 26, 2001
27

EXHIBIT list (plaintiff) (dcn) (Entered: 11/01/2001)

Oct. 31, 2001 PACER
25

RULE 26(b)(4) STATEMENT filed by federal defendant JOHN D. ASHCROFT, federal defendant KATHLEEN HAWK-SAWYER, federal defendant BOP (td) (Entered: 10/30/2001)

Oct. 27, 2001
28

EXHIBIT list (defendants) (dcn) (Entered: 11/01/2001)

Oct. 31, 2001 PACER

NON-JURY TRIAL before Judge Henry H. Kennedy begun and continued to 9:30 10/30/01 . reporter: Dolores Byers (dcn) (Entered: 10/29/2001)

Oct. 29, 2001
26

ORDER by Judge Henry H. Kennedy : confirming dates set at hearing of 10/31/01 (N) (dcn) (Entered: 11/01/2001)

Nov. 1, 2001 RECAP
29

FIRST SUPPLEMENTAL EXHIBIT LIST by federal defendants (cdw) (Entered: 11/02/2001)

Oct. 29, 2001
30

FINDINGS OF FACT and Conclusions of Law by defendants (cdw) (Entered: 11/26/2001)

Nov. 21, 2001 PACER
33

PRETRIAL STATEMENTS by federal defendants; exhibits (1) (cdw) (Entered: 12/07/2001)

Nov. 21, 2001 PACER

NON-JURY TRIAL before Judge Henry H. Kennedy resumed and continued to 9:30 10/31/01 reporter: Dolores Byers (dcn) (Entered: 10/30/2001)

Oct. 30, 2001
31

STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER by Judge Henry H. Kennedy ; setting forth procedures for handling confidential material; allowing designated material to be filed under seal. (N) (dcn) (Entered: 11/30/2001)

Nov. 30, 2001 PACER

NON-JURY TRIAL before Judge Henry H. Kennedy resumed and concluded; parties to file concurrently findings of facts and conclusion of law and all posttrial briefs by 11/21/01; responses due 12/5/01;granting oral motion of plaintiffs to remain at D.C. Jail until further order of the Court reporter: Dolores Byers ; plaintiff shall submit order by 11/01/01 setting forth the courts resolution of various matters. (dcn) (Entered: 10/31/2001)

Oct. 31, 2001
27

EXHIBIT list (plaintiff) (dcn) (Entered: 11/01/2001)

Oct. 31, 2001
32

JOINT MOTION by plaintiffs, federal defendants for brief two-day extension of time to respond to parties' proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law (cdw) (Entered: 12/06/2001)

Dec. 4, 2001 PACER
28

EXHIBIT list (defendants) (dcn) (Entered: 11/01/2001)

Oct. 31, 2001
34

REPLY by federal defendants JOHN D. ASHCROFT, KATHLEEN HAWK-SAWYER, BOP to plaintiffs' findings of fact [30-1] (nmr) (Entered: 12/10/2001)

Dec. 7, 2001 PACER
26

ORDER by Judge Henry H. Kennedy : confirming dates set at hearing of 10/31/01 (N) (dcn) (Entered: 11/01/2001)

Nov. 1, 2001
35

RESPONSE (OPPOSITIONS) by plaintiffs to defendants' post-trial memorandum. (nmr) (Entered: 12/10/2001)

Dec. 7, 2001 PACER
30

FINDINGS OF FACT and Conclusions of Law by defendants (cdw) (Entered: 11/26/2001)

Nov. 21, 2001
36

ORDER by Judge Henry H. Kennedy : granting joint motion for brief two-day extension of time to respond to parties' proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law [32-1] by federal defendantss, plaintiff (N) (dcn) (Entered: 12/11/2001)

Dec. 11, 2001 PACER
33

PRETRIAL STATEMENTS by federal defendants; exhibits (1) (cdw) (Entered: 12/07/2001)

Nov. 21, 2001
37

NOTICE OF FILING by federal defendants JOHN D. ASHCROFT, KATHLEEN HAWK-SAWYER, and BOP; letters pertinent to this case. (bm) (Entered: 01/24/2002)

Jan. 23, 2002 PACER
38

RESPONSE by plaintiffs to defendants' notice of filing [37-1] by BOP, KATHLEEN HAWK-SAWYER, JOHN D. ASHCROFT (cdw) (Entered: 01/31/2002)

Jan. 29, 2002 PACER
31

STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER by Judge Henry H. Kennedy ; setting forth procedures for handling confidential material; allowing designated material to be filed under seal. (N) (dcn) (Entered: 11/30/2001)

Nov. 30, 2001
39

MEMORANDUM by Judge Henry H. Kennedy : (N) (N) (dcn) (Entered: 02/19/2002)

Feb. 19, 2002 RECAP
32

JOINT MOTION by plaintiffs, federal defendants for brief two-day extension of time to respond to parties' proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law (cdw) (Entered: 12/06/2001)

Dec. 4, 2001
40

ORDER by Judge Henry H. Kennedy : entering judgment in favor of plaintiffs ; that defendants before designating any inmate to a Virginia Department of Corrections Institution, shall consider each inmates religious beliefs and practices; directing BOP to immediately evaluate whether the grooming policy of VDOC burdens the religious beliefs and practices of each of its inmates housed in a VDOC institution, if burdened by the VDOC grooming policy, BOP shall promptly transfer that inmate out of VDOC; directing that all disciplinary action imposed on any cloass member as a result of the class members refusal to comply with the VDOC grooming policy shall be expunged from any BOP record of such action immediately;, the court shall retain jurisdiction over this matter to ensure that the terms of its injunction are obeyed and for appropriate ancillary proceedings (N) (dcn) (Entered: 02/19/2002)

Feb. 19, 2002 RECAP
35

RESPONSE (OPPOSITIONS) by plaintiffs to defendants' post-trial memorandum. (nmr) (Entered: 12/10/2001)

Dec. 7, 2001
41

ORDER by Judge Henry H. Kennedy : status hearing set for 9:30 3/4/02. Defendants shall file a status report with the court of their efforts to comply with the court's February 19, 2002, Order by no later than 11:00 a.m. on March 1, 2002, and shall simultaneously hand deliver or deliver by facsimile a copy of the status report to counsel for plaintiffs. (N) (dot) (Entered: 02/25/2002)

Feb. 25, 2002 PACER
36

ORDER by Judge Henry H. Kennedy : granting joint motion for brief two-day extension of time to respond to parties' proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law [32-1] by federal defendantss, plaintiff (N) (dcn) (Entered: 12/11/2001)

Dec. 11, 2001
44

REQUEST by plaintiffs for hearing (cdw) (Entered: 02/28/2002)

Feb. 25, 2002 PACER
37

NOTICE OF FILING by federal defendants JOHN D. ASHCROFT, KATHLEEN HAWK-SAWYER, and BOP; letters pertinent to this case. (bm) (Entered: 01/24/2002)

Jan. 23, 2002
42

RESPONSE by federal defendants to plaintiff's praecipe requesting hearing [44-1] by BOP, KATHLEEN HAWK-SAWYER, JOHN D. ASHCROFT (cdw) Modified on 02/28/2002 (Entered: 02/28/2002)

Feb. 26, 2002 PACER
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RESPONSE by plaintiffs to defendants' notice of filing [37-1] by BOP, KATHLEEN HAWK-SAWYER, JOHN D. ASHCROFT (cdw) (Entered: 01/31/2002)

Jan. 29, 2002
43

NOTICE OF FILING by federal defendants pf plan for compliance with Court's order; declarations (1) (cdw) (Entered: 02/28/2002)

Feb. 26, 2002 PACER
39

MEMORANDUM by Judge Henry H. Kennedy : (N) (N) (dcn) (Entered: 02/19/2002)

Feb. 19, 2002
45

MOTION filed by plaintiffs to extend time to file petition for award of attorney's fees and costs (cdw) Modified on 03/01/2002 (Entered: 03/01/2002)

Feb. 27, 2002 PACER
40

ORDER by Judge Henry H. Kennedy : entering judgment in favor of plaintiffs ; that defendants before designating any inmate to a Virginia Department of Corrections Institution, shall consider each inmates religious beliefs and practices; directing BOP to immediately evaluate whether the grooming policy of VDOC burdens the religious beliefs and practices of each of its inmates housed in a VDOC institution, if burdened by the VDOC grooming policy, BOP shall promptly transfer that inmate out of VDOC; directing that all disciplinary action imposed on any cloass member as a result of the class members refusal to comply with the VDOC grooming policy shall be expunged from any BOP record of such action immediately;, the court shall retain jurisdiction over this matter to ensure that the terms of its injunction are obeyed and for appropriate ancillary proceedings (N) (dcn) (Entered: 02/19/2002)

Feb. 19, 2002
51

MOTION filed by plaintiff ISADORE GARTRELL, plaintiff ANTOINE GROSS, plaintiff DARNELL STANLEY, plaintiff CARL WOLFE for access to counsel (cdw) (Entered: 03/07/2002)

March 4, 2002 PACER
41

ORDER by Judge Henry H. Kennedy : status hearing set for 9:30 3/4/02. Defendants shall file a status report with the court of their efforts to comply with the court's February 19, 2002, Order by no later than 11:00 a.m. on March 1, 2002, and shall simultaneously hand deliver or deliver by facsimile a copy of the status report to counsel for plaintiffs. (N) (dot) (Entered: 02/25/2002)

Feb. 25, 2002
52

MOTION filed by plaintiff ISADORE GARTRELL, plaintiff ANTOINE GROSS, plaintiff DARNELL STANLEY, plaintiff CARL WOLFE to provide the detained clients with notice of the pending litigation (cdw) (Entered: 03/07/2002)

March 4, 2002 PACER
44

REQUEST by plaintiffs for hearing (cdw) (Entered: 02/28/2002)

Feb. 25, 2002
46

ORDER by Judge Henry H. Kennedy : granting motion to extend time to file petition for award of attorney's fees and costs to 4/5/02 [45-1] by CARL WOLFE, DARNELL STANLEY, ANTOINE GROSS, ISADORE GARTRELL (N) (dcn) (Entered: 03/06/2002)

March 5, 2002 PACER
42

RESPONSE by federal defendants to plaintiff's praecipe requesting hearing [44-1] by BOP, KATHLEEN HAWK-SAWYER, JOHN D. ASHCROFT (cdw) Modified on 02/28/2002 (Entered: 02/28/2002)

Feb. 26, 2002
43

NOTICE OF FILING by federal defendants pf plan for compliance with Court's order; declarations (1) (cdw) (Entered: 02/28/2002)

Feb. 26, 2002
47

MOTION filed by federal defendant JOHN D. ASHCROFT, federal defendant KATHLEEN HAWK-SAWYER, federal defendant BOP for reconsideration of order entering judgment in favor of plaintiffs [40-1] (cdw) (Entered: 03/07/2002)

March 5, 2002 PACER
45

MOTION filed by plaintiffs to extend time to file petition for award of attorney's fees and costs (cdw) Modified on 03/01/2002 (Entered: 03/01/2002)

Feb. 27, 2002
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MOTION filed by federal defendant JOHN D. ASHCROFT, federal defendant KATHLEEN HAWK-SAWYER, federal defendant BOP for immeduate termination of prospective relief (cdw) (Entered: 03/07/2002)

March 5, 2002 PACER

State / Territory: District of Columbia

Case Type(s):

Prison Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: Sept. 7, 2001

Closing Date: April 11, 2003

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Inmates whose avowed religious beliefs forbid them from cutting their hair or shaving their beards alleging that BOP’s housing of inmates from D.C. in Virginia DOC facilities with policy prohibiting long hair and beards burdened their religious beliefs

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: Unknown

Class Action Sought: Unknown

Class Action Outcome: Unknown

Defendants

Federal Bureau of Prisons, Federal

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Religious Freedom Rest. Act/Religious Land Use and Inst. Persons Act (RFRA/RLUIPA)

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Litigation

Order Duration: 2002 - 2003

Issues

General:

Religious programs / policies

Affected Gender:

Male

Type of Facility:

Government-run