Case: Combs v. Corrections Corp. of America

1:95-cv-02029 | U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana

Filed Date: Nov. 13, 1995

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Case Summary

On November 13, 1995, seven individual inmates housed in the Winn Correctional Center near Winnfield, Louisiana filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, pro se, against Louisiana corrections officials for restricting their religious freedoms. The inmates alleged that they were denied the right to participate in Native American religious gatherings and that they were denied the use of items sacred to their religion such as pipes, feathers, drums, and a sweat …

On November 13, 1995, seven individual inmates housed in the Winn Correctional Center near Winnfield, Louisiana filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, pro se, against Louisiana corrections officials for restricting their religious freedoms. The inmates alleged that they were denied the right to participate in Native American religious gatherings and that they were denied the use of items sacred to their religion such as pipes, feathers, drums, and a sweat lodge. The inmates claimed that these denials violated the Free Exercise Clause, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), the American Indian Religious Freedom Act (AIRFA), and the Indian Civil Rights Act. The inmates sought to be permitted to use their sacred items for worship, to worship during daylight hours, and to have the same amount of time to worship as other religions as well as $75,000 in compensatory damages.

After an evidentiary hearing and a Magistrates recommendation, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana (Judge F.A. Little Jr.) found that RFRA was no longer enforceable after City of Boerne v. Flores, 521 US 507 (1997), that AIEFA did not create a cause of action, and that the Indian Civil Rights Act did not apply because it required Native American tribal governments to protect Constitutional rights. Combs v. Correction Corp. of America, 977 F.Supp. 799 (W.D. La 1997). The court determined that the defendants had not demonstrated a reasonable relation to a legitimate penological interest in restricting the practices of the Native American religion. On August 22, 1997, the court enjoined the defendants from: (1) restricting the practices of the Native American's religion to those who could demonstrate a BIA number or Native American ancestry, (2) that the plaintiffs be allowed to practice the religion at the same frequency as before the restrictive policy, and (3) that the plaintiffs be allowed to use the items needed for their ceremonies when it would not cause a security problem. The court did not grant the inmates request for a sweat lodge or damages.

On November 19, 1998, one of the inmates filed a motion to have the injunction enforced and executed alleging that the inmates were not allowed to fully perform their ceremonies and were intimidated by guards when they preformed the ceremonies and used the drums. On May 16, 2000, Judge Little ordered that: (1) the inmates be allowed to play their drums during the religious ceremonies so long as it does not impinge legitimate penological interests, (2) every effort must be made to let the plaintiffs practice their religion at the time set for practice, (3) that those persons not attending the ceremonies may be prohibited from being called out for them, (4) and that plaintiffs be encouraged to use the prisons internal procedures to help solve problems concerning the exercise of religion by Native Americans. The case was closed on June 4, 2001.

Summary Authors

Jaclyn Adams (2/10/2006)

People


Judge(s)

Kirk, James D. (Louisiana)

Little, F. A. Jr. (Louisiana)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Schlanger, Margo (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Corkern, Ronald E. Jr. (Louisiana)

Judge(s)

Kirk, James D. (Louisiana)

Little, F. A. Jr. (Louisiana)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Schlanger, Margo (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Corkern, Ronald E. Jr. (Louisiana)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket (PACER)

June 4, 2001 Docket
69

Ruling

977 F.Supp. 799, 997 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 14709

Aug. 22, 1997 Order/Opinion
74

Motion to Enforce and Execute

Nov. 19, 1998 Pleading / Motion / Brief
110

Report and Recommendation of Magistrate Judge

April 18, 2000 Order/Opinion

Docket

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

ECF Number Description Date Link

Amount of fee $ 0 / IFP. (Westmoreland, S) (Entered: 11/15/1995)

Nov. 13, 1995
1

COMPLAINT filed; jury demand (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 11/16/1995)

Nov. 13, 1995
2

MOTION by Michael Lloyd Combs to proceed in forma pauperis with Proposed Order referred to Magistrate Judge Robert H. Shemwell (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 11/16/1995)

Nov. 13, 1995
3

MOTION by Loni Thompson to proceed in forma pauperis with Proposed Order referred to Magistrate Judge Robert H. Shemwell (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 11/16/1995)

Nov. 13, 1995
4

MOTION by Roy Bond to proceed in forma pauperis with Proposed Order referred to Magistrate Judge Robert H. Shemwell (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 11/16/1995)

Nov. 13, 1995
5

MOTION by Jonathan S Becnel to proceed in forma pauperis with Proposed Order referred to Magistrate Judge Robert H. Shemwell (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 11/16/1995)

Nov. 13, 1995
6

MOTION by John A Thompson to proceed in forma pauperis with Proposed Order referred to Magistrate Judge Robert H. Shemwell (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 11/16/1995)

Nov. 13, 1995
7

MOTION by Arthur L Keller to proceed in forma pauperis with Proposed Order referred to Magistrate Judge Robert H. Shemwell (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 11/16/1995)

Nov. 13, 1995
8

MOTION by Donald Lancaster to proceed in forma pauperis with Proposed Order referred to Magistrate Judge Robert H. Shemwell (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 11/16/1995)

Nov. 13, 1995
9

MOTION by Bentley S Powell to proceed in forma pauperis with Proposed Order referred to Magistrate Judge Robert H. Shemwell (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 11/16/1995)

Nov. 13, 1995
10

MOTION by James Martin to proceed in forma pauperis with Proposed Order referred to Magistrate Judge Robert H. Shemwell (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 11/16/1995)

Nov. 13, 1995
11

MOTION by Michael Bass to proceed in forma pauperis , to proceed in forma pauperis with Proposed Order referred to Magistrate Judge Robert H. Shemwell (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 11/16/1995)

Nov. 13, 1995
12

MOTION by Darren Lee Voshell Sr to proceed in forma pauperis with Proposed Order referred to Magistrate Judge Robert H. Shemwell (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 11/16/1995)

Nov. 13, 1995
13

MOTION by Grover Simpson to proceed in forma pauperis with Proposed Order referred to Magistrate Judge Robert H. Shemwell (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 11/16/1995)

Nov. 13, 1995
14

ORDER granting [13-1] motion, [12-1] motion, [11-1] motion, [11-2] motion, [10-1] motion, [9-1] motion, [8-1] motion, [7-1] motion, [6-1] motion, [5-1] motion, [4-1] motion, [3-1] motion, granting [2-1] motion to proceed in forma (signed by Magistrate Judge Robert H Shemwell ) NOE by: bp (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 11/16/1995)

Nov. 13, 1995
15

MOTION by Michael Lloyd Combs, Loni Thompson, Roy Bond, Jonathan S Becnel, John A Thompson, Arthur L Keller, Donald Lancaster, Bentley S Powell, James Martin, Michael Bass, Darren Lee Voshell Sr, Grover Simpson for preliminary injunction , and for temporary restraining order referred to pro se law clerk (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 11/16/1995)

Nov. 13, 1995

CASE REFERRED to Pro Se Law Clerk for Initial Review. (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 11/16/1995)

Nov. 16, 1995

**RECORD LOCATION flag set to SEC P; ( 1 volumes, 0 exhibit folders) (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 11/16/1995)

Nov. 16, 1995

**RECORD LOCATION flag set to ALEX; ( 1 volumes, 0 exhibit folders) w/prop order for FAL signature (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 11/30/1995)

Nov. 30, 1995
16

AMENDED COMPLAINT by Michael Lloyd Combs, Loni Thompson, Roy Bond, John A Thompson, Arthur L Keller, Donald Lancaster, Bentley S Powell, James Martin, Michael Bass, Darren Lee Voshell Sr, Grover Simpson, Jonathan S Becnel, amending [1-1] complaint (Davis, C) (Entered: 12/27/1995)

Dec. 26, 1995
17

MOTION by Michael Lloyd Combs, Loni Thompson, Roy Bond, John A Thompson, Arthur L Keller, Donald Lancaster, Bentley S Powell, James Martin, Michael Bass, Darren Lee Voshell Sr, Grover Simpson, Jonathan S Becnel to amend [1-1] complaint referred to Judge F A Little Jr (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 01/03/1996)

Dec. 29, 1995
18

ORDER granting [17-1] motion to amend [1-1] complaint/withdraw jury demand ( signed by Judge F A. Little Jr ) NOE by: bg (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 01/05/1996)

Jan. 4, 1996
19

ORDER REFERRING CASE to Magistrate Judge John F. Simon ( signed by Judge F A. Little Jr ) NOE by: mll (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 01/19/1996)

Jan. 18, 1996

CASE REFERRED to Magistrate Judge John F. Simon for Report and Recommendation (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 01/19/1996)

Jan. 18, 1996
20

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS of Magistrate Judge John F. Simon Re: [15-1] motion for preliminary injunction, [15-2] motion for temporary restraining order; recommending that mtns be DENIED ; Motion no longer referred Objections to R and R due by 2/14/96 NOE by mll (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 01/31/1996)

Jan. 30, 1996
21

MEMORANDUM ORDER; plaitniff to furnish Clerk within 30 days with 1 copy of cmp and 2 completed summons for each deft afterwhich Clerk to serve by US Marshal; Answer due within 30 days of svc; 60 days allowed for discovery; 30 days to file Mtn for SJ Pro se response due 3/1/96 for plaintiffs ( signed by Magistrate Judge John F. Simon ) NOE by: mll (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 01/31/1996)

Jan. 30, 1996

RECEIVED copy of [21-1] memorandum order addressed to Bentley S Powell at Winn Corr Cntr from U S Postal Svc marked: Return to GONE HOME (Davis, C) (Entered: 02/05/1996)

Feb. 1, 1996
22

OBJECTION by Michael Lloyd Combs, Loni Thompson, Roy Bond, Jonathan S Becnel, John A Thompson, Arthur L Keller, Donald Lancaster, Bentley S Powell, James Martin, Michael Bass, Darren Lee Voshell Sr, Grover Simpson to [20-1] report and recommendations (Davis, C) (Entered: 02/06/1996)

Feb. 5, 1996
23

SUMMONS(ES) issued for Corrections Corp Am, LA Dept of Corrections, Mike Gilliam, Chaplain Hossler, Richard L Stalder by bg in Alexandria Clerk's Office and sent to USM for service (Davis, C) (Entered: 02/21/1996)

Feb. 20, 1996
24

RETURN OF SERVICE executed as to Corrections Corp Am on 2/26/96 Answer due on 3/26/96 for Corrections Corp Am (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 02/29/1996)

Feb. 28, 1996
25

RETURN OF SERVICE unexecuted as to Mike Gilliam; not good svc; signed for by Ula Lee (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 02/29/1996)

Feb. 28, 1996
26

RETURN OF SERVICE unexecuted as to Chaplain Hossler; not good svc; signed for by Ula Lee (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 02/29/1996)

Feb. 28, 1996
27

RETURN OF SERVICE unexecuted as to Richard L Stalder; person served - Kim Lamaire, Legal Service on 2/28/96 per USM 285 form (Davis, C) (Entered: 03/04/1996)

March 4, 1996
28

RETURN OF SERVICE unexecuted as to LA Dept of Corrections; person served - Kim Lamaire, Legal Service on 2/28/96 per USM 285 form (Davis, C) (Entered: 03/04/1996)

March 4, 1996
29

ANSWER to Complaint by Corrections Corp Am, LA Dept of Corrections, Mike Gilliam, Chaplain Hossler, Richard L Stalder (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 03/08/1996)

March 8, 1996
30

NOTICE by Arthur L Keller of change of address to begin on 4/4/96; clerk will change his address on that date (Davis, C) (Entered: 03/19/1996)

March 19, 1996
31

STATEMENT of material facts by Michael Lloyd Combs, Loni Thompson, Roy Bond, John A Thompson, Arthur L Keller, Donald Lancaster, Bentley S Powell, James Martin, Michael Bass, Darren Lee Voshell Sr, Grover Simpson, Jonathan S Becnel (Davis, C) (Entered: 03/20/1996)

March 20, 1996
32

JUDGMENT denying [15-1] motion for preliminary injunction, denying [15-2] motion for temporary restraining order signed by Judge F A Little Jr (Davis, C) (Entered: 03/25/1996)

March 22, 1996

RECEIVED copy of [32-1] judgment order addressed to Bentley S Powell t Winn Corr Ctr from U S Postal Svc marked: Return to sender (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 03/28/1996)

March 28, 1996

CHANGE OF ADDRESS for Arthur L Keller noted on [33-1] notice. Address updated this date. (Davis, C) (Entered: 04/08/1996)

April 4, 1996

CHANGE OF ADDRESS for Arthur L Keller by telephone call; address updated this date. (Davis, C) (Entered: 04/29/1996)

April 29, 1996
34

MOTION w/ brief by Corrections Corp Am, LA Dept of Corrections, Mike Gilliam, Chaplain Hossler, Richard L Stalder to dismiss , and for for summary judgment , [34-1] motion set for <date not set>, [34-2] motion set for <date not set> before Magistrate Judge John F Simon; motion will be decided shortly after last brief is due. Notice issued. (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 05/08/1996)

May 8, 1996
35

STATEMENT of material facts by Corrections Corp Am, LA Dept of Corrections, Mike Gilliam, Chaplain Hossler, Richard L Stalder regarding [34-1] motion to dismiss, [34-2] motion for summary judgment (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 05/08/1996)

May 8, 1996

RECEIVED copy of [34-1] motion to dismiss, [34-2] motion for summary judgment addressed to Bentley S Powell at Winn Corr Cntr from U S Postal Svc marked: Return to sender HOME (Davis, C) (Entered: 05/13/1996)

May 13, 1996

RECEIVED copy of [34-1] motion to dismiss, [34-2] motion for summary judgment addressed to Roy Bond at m from U S Postal Svc marked: Return to sender ATTEMPTED/NOT KNOWN (Davis, C) (Entered: 05/13/1996)

May 13, 1996
36

NOTICE by Arthur L Keller of change of address (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 05/22/1996)

May 14, 1996

RECEIVED copy of [34-1] motion to dismiss addressed to Arthur L Keller at 2800 Amelia, Shreveport, LA from U S Postal Svc marked: Return to sender NOT AT 2800 Amelia (Davis, C) (Entered: 05/21/1996)

May 20, 1996

RECEIVED copy of [34-1] motion to dismiss, [34-2] motion for summary judgment addressed to James Martin at Winn Corr Cntr from U S Postal Svc marked: Return to sender UNKNOWN (Davis, C) (Entered: 05/21/1996)

May 21, 1996
37

NOTICE OF REFUSAL to Michael Combs returning Opposition to defendants motio pursuant to FRCP 5d (Davis, C) (Entered: 06/03/1996)

June 3, 1996
38

RESPONSE by Michael Lloyd Combs, Loni Thompson, Roy Bond, John A Thompson, Arthur L Keller, Donald Lancaster, Bentley S Powell, James Martin, Michael Bass, Darren Lee Voshell Sr, Grover Simpson, Jonathan S Becnel in opposition to [34-1] motion to dismiss, [34-2] motion for summary judgment (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 06/07/1996)

June 7, 1996
39

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS of Magistrate Judge John F. Simon, Re: [34-2] motion for summary judgment, recommending that the motion be denied; Motion no longer referred; Objections to R and R due by 8/23/96 NOE by mll (Davis, C) (Entered: 08/13/1996)

Aug. 9, 1996

RECEIVED copy of [39-1] report and recommendations addressed to Roy Bond at Winn Corr Ctr from U S Postal Svc marked: Return to sender-gone (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 08/14/1996)

Aug. 14, 1996

RECEIVED copy of [39-1] report and recommendations addressed to James Martin at Winn Corr Ctr from U S Postal Svc marked: Return to sender-gone (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 08/16/1996)

Aug. 16, 1996

RECEIVED copy of [39-1] report and recommendations addressed to Bentley S Powell at Winn Corr Ctr from U S Postal Svc marked: Return to sender-gone (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 08/16/1996)

Aug. 16, 1996
40

MOTION by Loni Thompson & Donald Lancaster to dismiss Corrections Corp of America ONLY referred to Judge F A Little Jr. (Prest, B) (Entered: 12/24/1996)

Dec. 24, 1996
40

JUDGMENT granting [40-1] motion to dismiss Corrections Corp of America ONLY; "the motion to dismiss granted; Corrections Corp of America, ket al are dismissed (signed by Judge F A Little Jr) (Davis, C) (Entered: 12/31/1996)

Dec. 27, 1996

RECEIVED copy of [40-1] judgment order addressed to James Martin at Winn Corr Cntr from U S Postal Svc marked: Return to sender NOT AT WNC (Davis, C) (Entered: 01/06/1997)

Jan. 6, 1997

RECEIVED copy of [40-1] judgment order addressed to Roy Bond at Winn Corr Cntr from U S Postal Svc marked: Return to sender NOT AT WNC (Davis, C) (Entered: 01/06/1997)

Jan. 6, 1997

RECEIVED copy of [40-1] judgment order addressed to Bentley S Powell at Winn Corr from U S Postal Svc marked: Return to sender NOT AT WNC (Davis, C) (Entered: 01/06/1997)

Jan. 6, 1997
41

MOTION by Michael Lloyd Combs, Loni Thompson, Roy Bond, Jonathan S Becnel, John A Thompson, Arthur L Keller, Donald Lancaster, Bentley S Powell, James Martin, Michael Bass, Darren Lee Voshell Sr, Grover Simpson for reconsideration of [40-1] judgment order referred to Judge F A Little Jr (Davis, C) (Entered: 01/07/1997)

Jan. 7, 1997
42

MOTION by Arthur L Keller for reconsideration of [40-1] judgment order referred to Judge F A Little Jr (Davis, C) (Entered: 01/07/1997)

Jan. 7, 1997
43

ORDER withdrawing and nullifying [40-1] judgment order; Mtn #40 should have been docketed in case #96-2681 (signed by Judge F A Little Jr) NOE by: cm (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 01/10/1997)

Jan. 9, 1997

RECEIVED copy of [43-1] order addressed to Bentley S Powell at Winn Corr Ctr from U S Postal Svc marked: Return to sender-unknown (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 01/17/1997)

Jan. 17, 1997

RECEIVED copy of [43-1] order addressed to James Martin at Winn Corr Cntr from U S Postal Svc marked: Return to sender UNKNOWN (Davis, C) (Entered: 01/21/1997)

Jan. 21, 1997

RECEIVED copy of [43-1] order addressed to Roy Bond at Winn Corr Cntr from U S Postal Svc marked: Return to sender UNKNOWN (Davis, C) (Entered: 01/21/1997)

Jan. 21, 1997
44

MEMORANDUM RULING denying [34-2] motion for summary judgment signed by Judge F A Little Jr NOE by: twb (Davis, C) (Entered: 02/10/1997)

Feb. 7, 1997

RECEIVED copy of [44-1] order addressed to Michael Bass, Bentley S Powell at Winn Corr Ctr from U S Postal Svc marked: Return to sender- gone (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 02/12/1997)

Feb. 11, 1997
45

ORDER this matter is returned to Magistrate Simon for bench trial; it is recommended that the Magistrate take whatever action is necessary to conduct a bench trial of this matter or seek consent to do so, if such predicate action is necessary (signed by Judge F A Little Jr) NOE by: mll (Davis, C) (Entered: 02/24/1997)

Feb. 20, 1997

RECEIVED copy of [44-1] order addressed to James Martin at Winn Corr Cntr from U S Postal Svc marked: Return to sender RTS (Davis, C) (Entered: 02/24/1997)

Feb. 24, 1997

RECEIVED copy of [44-1] order addressed to Roy Bond at Winn Corr Cntr from U S Postal Svc marked: Return to RTS (Davis, C) (Entered: 02/24/1997)

Feb. 24, 1997

RECEIVED copy of [45-1] order addressed to Bentley S Powell at Winn Corr Cntr from U S Postal Svc marked: Return to sender UNKNOWN (Davis, C) (Entered: 02/25/1997)

Feb. 25, 1997
46

ORDER set evidentiary hearing for 9:00 5/9/97 before Magistrate Judge John F Simon ; pretrial memorandums due by 4/9/97 (signed by Magistrate Judge John F Simon) NOE by: mll (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 02/26/1997)

Feb. 25, 1997

RECEIVED copy of [46-1] order addressed to Michael Bass, Bentley S Powell at Winn Corr Ctr from U S Postal Svc marked return to sender- unknown (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 02/27/1997)

Feb. 27, 1997

RECEIVED copy of [45-1] order addressed to Michael Bass at Winn Corr Ctr from U S Postal Svc marked: Return to sender -unknown (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 02/28/1997)

Feb. 28, 1997
47

PRETRIAL MEMORANDUM by Michael Lloyd Combs (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 03/26/1997)

March 25, 1997
48

LETTER by Michael Lloyd Combs to Magistrate Simon regarding [47-1] memorandum; facility refused to make copies of the pretrial memorandum for plaintiff (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 03/26/1997)

March 25, 1997
49

MINUTE ENTRY: re [48-1] letter; Defense counsel is advised of copywork problem ata WCC and should arrance for permission for plaintiffs to make copies of exhibits if he wishes to have copies sent to him (signed by Magistrate Judge John F Simon) NOE by: bg (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 03/26/1997)

March 25, 1997

RECEIVED copy of [49-1] order addressed to Michael Bass, James Martin, Bentley S Powell, Roy Bond at Winn Corr Ctr from U S Postal Svc marked: Return to sender -gone (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 03/27/1997)

March 27, 1997
50

PRETRIAL STIPULATIONS filed by Corrections Corp Am, LA Dept of Corrections, Mike Gilliam, Hossler, Richard L Stalder (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 04/09/1997)

April 9, 1997
51

NOTICE of intent to dismiss by Clerk for failure to prosecute under ULLR 11.02 as to plaintiffs Bond, Martin, Powell and Bass for failure to advise court of current mailing address (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 04/18/1997)

April 17, 1997

RECEIVED copy of [51-1] notice addressed to James Martin at Winn Corr Cntr from U S Postal Svc marked: Return to sender GONE (Davis, C) (Entered: 04/21/1997)

April 21, 1997

RECEIVED copy of [51-1] notice addressed to Michael Bass at Winn Correctional Center from U S Postal Svc marked: Return to sender GONE (Davis, C) (Entered: 04/21/1997)

April 21, 1997

RECEIVED copy of [51-1] notice addressed to Roy Bond at Winn Corr Cntr from U S Postal Svc marked: Return to sender GONE (Davis, C) (Entered: 04/21/1997)

April 21, 1997
52

MINUTE ENTRY: reset evidentiary hearing for 9:30 5/9/97 before Magistrate Judge John F Simon at Winn Correctional Center since all plaintiffs are at Winn Corr Ctr and most witnesses (signed by Magistrate Judge John F Simon) NOE by: bg (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 04/23/1997)

April 21, 1997
53

WRIT of HC Ad Testificandum issued. (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 04/23/1997)

April 21, 1997

RECEIVED copy of [52-1] order reset evidentiary hearing for 9:30 5/9/97 before Magistrate Judge John F Simon at Winn Correctional Center addressed to James Martin, Bentley S Powell, Roy Bond at Winn Corr Ctr from U S Postal Svc marked: Return to sender -gone (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 04/24/1997)

April 24, 1997

RECEIVED copy of [52-1] order reset evidentiary hearing for 9:30 5/9/97 before Magistrate Judge John F Simon at Winn Correctional Center addressed to Michael Bass at Winn Corr Ctr from U S Postal Svc marked: Return to sender -gone (McDaniel, C) (Entered: 04/24/1997)

April 24, 1997
55

WRIT of Habeas Corpus Ad Testificandum issued for Arthur Keller to be taken before Magistrate Judge simon on 5/9/97 for evidentiary hearing (Davis, C) (Entered: 05/06/1997)

May 1, 1997
56

ORDER granting [54-1] motion to dismiss himself as defendant in this suit ( signed by Magistrate Judge John F. Simon ) NOE by: twb (Davis, C) (Entered: 05/06/1997)

May 2, 1997

RECEIVED copy of [51-1] notice addressed to Bentley S Powell at Winn Corr Cntr from U S Postal Svc marked: Return to sender INMATE ADDRESSED NOT AT LSP (Davis, C) (Entered: 05/05/1997)

May 5, 1997

RECEIVED copy of [56-1] order addressed to Michael Bass at Winn Corr Cntr from U S Postal Svc marked: Return to sender UNKNOWN (Davis, C) (Entered: 05/06/1997)

May 6, 1997

RECEIVED copy of [56-1] order addressed to Roy Bond at Winn Correctional Center from U S Postal Svc marked: Return to sender unknown. (Prest, B) (Entered: 05/07/1997)

May 7, 1997

RECEIVED copy of [56-1] order addressed to Bentley S Powell at Winn Correctional Center from U S Postal Svc marked: Return to sender unknown. (Prest, B) (Entered: 05/07/1997)

May 7, 1997
57

ORDER ordered that this action be dismissed as to the above named plaintiffs; this action may be reinstated within 30 days for good cause shown (signed by Magistrate Judge John F. Simon) NOE by: bg (Davis, C) (Entered: 05/12/1997)

May 8, 1997
58

MINUTES OF COURT from EVIDENTIARY HEARING AT WINN CORR CNTR; testimony and evidence presented by plaintiffs and counsel for defts; after briefs are submitted by parties, a report and recommendation will issue to Judge F. A. Little, Jr. as soon as possible; filings were a list of exhibits by Magistrate Judge John F. Simon Court Reporter: Marie Moran NOE by: twb (Davis, C) (Entered: 05/13/1997)

May 9, 1997

RECEIVED copy of [57-1] order addressed to Michael Bass at Winn Corr Cntr from U S Postal Svc marked: Return to sender UNKNOWN (Davis, C) (Entered: 05/12/1997)

May 12, 1997

RECEIVED copy of [57-1] order addressed to Roy Bond at Winn Corr Cntr from U S Postal Svc marked: Return to sender UNKNOWN (Davis, C) (Entered: 05/12/1997)

May 12, 1997

RECEIVED copy of [57-1] order addressed to James Martin at Winn Corr Cntr from U S Postal Svc marked: Return to sender UNKNOWN (Davis, C) (Entered: 05/12/1997)

May 12, 1997

RECEIVED copy of [57-1] order addressed to Bentley S Powell at Winn Corr Cntr from U S Postal Svc marked: Return to sender UNKNOWN (Davis, C) (Entered: 05/12/1997)

May 12, 1997
59

EXHIBIT LIST FILED AT EVIDENTIARY HEARING HELD AT WINN CORR CNTR ON MAY 9, 1997 by Michael Lloyd Combs, Loni Thompson, Arthur Keller, Donald Lancaster, Darren Lee Voshell Sr, Grover Simpson, Corrections Corp Am, LA Dept of Corrections, Mike Gilliam, Hossler, Richard L Stalder, Jonathan S Becnel (Davis, C) (Entered: 05/13/1997)

May 12, 1997

State / Territory: Louisiana

Case Type(s):

Prison Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: Nov. 13, 1995

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Inmates alleging limitation on inmates' participation in Native American religion

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Unknown

Filed Pro Se: Yes

Class Action Sought: Unknown

Class Action Outcome: Unknown

Defendants

Corrections Corporation of America (Winnfield), Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

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

Constitutional Clause(s):

Free Exercise Clause

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Mixed

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Litigation

Order Duration: 1997 - None

Issues

General:

Religious programs / policies

Type of Facility:

Government-run