Case: Many Horses v. Racicot

2:93-cv-00037 | U.S. District Court for the District of Montana

Filed Date: April 21, 1993

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Case Summary

On April 21, 1993, a class of women prisoners incarcerated at the Women's Correctional Center ("WCC") in Warm Springs, Montana, filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Montana against the Montana governor and Department of Corrections, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging violations of their First, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights; the Rehabilitative Act of 1973; and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. More particularly, the plaintiffs, w…

On April 21, 1993, a class of women prisoners incarcerated at the Women's Correctional Center ("WCC") in Warm Springs, Montana, filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Montana against the Montana governor and Department of Corrections, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging violations of their First, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights; the Rehabilitative Act of 1973; and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. More particularly, the plaintiffs, who were represented by the ACLU National Prison Project as well as by private counsel, alleged unconstitutional conditions of confinement, deliberate indifference to medical and psychiatric needs, failure to accommodate for disabilities, denial of access to the courts, and invidious gender discrimination, and were seeking injunctive relief.

On December 16, 1994, after extensive pre-trial investigations, the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana (Magistrate Judge Robert M. Holter) filed an interim agreement reached by the parties, which required a suspension of all discovery in the case for a period of twelve months because the WCC was being moved from the Warm Springs location to Billings, Montana. The parties agreed that the move provided an opportunity to resolve the dispute and/or avoid unnecessary discovery due to the changed circumstances. Further, the defendants agreed in the interim agreement to remedy several of the complaints, including:

·        facilities that complied with fire and safety regulations

·        sanitary facilities

·        an adequate diet for the women

·        adequate medical and mental health care services

·        access to the courts

·        basic education/GED preparation

·        programs to assist the women with personal skills, parenting skills, emotional problems, and substance abuse, and related mental health counseling

·        compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act by making programs and services accessible to the disabled

Summary Authors

Megan Raynor (3/22/2006)

People


Judge(s)

Hatfield, Paul Gerhart (Montana)

Holter, Robert M. (Montana)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Adams, Stuart H. Jr. (District of Columbia)

Alexander, Elizabeth R. (District of Columbia)

Freeman, Alexa P. (District of Columbia)

Gray, Kyle A. (Montana)

Lopez, Mark J. (District of Columbia)

Rifkin, Marjorie Lynn (District of Columbia)

Strong, Penelope S. (Montana)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Gianoulias, Bill (Montana)

Judge(s)

Hatfield, Paul Gerhart (Montana)

Holter, Robert M. (Montana)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Adams, Stuart H. Jr. (District of Columbia)

Alexander, Elizabeth R. (District of Columbia)

Freeman, Alexa P. (District of Columbia)

Gray, Kyle A. (Montana)

Lopez, Mark J. (District of Columbia)

Rifkin, Marjorie Lynn (District of Columbia)

Strong, Penelope S. (Montana)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Gianoulias, Bill (Montana)

Keller, P. Keith (Montana)

Kradolfer, Kimberly A. (Montana)

Lenmark, Jacqueline T. (Montana)

Ohler, David L. (Montana)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

2:93-cv-00037

Docket (PACER)

Sept. 19, 1997

Sept. 19, 1997

Docket
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Complaint

April 21, 1993

April 21, 1993

Complaint

2:93-cv-00037

Stipulation to Suspend Pretrial Scheduling Order

Nov. 22, 1994

Nov. 22, 1994

Pleading / Motion / Brief
69

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Order

Dec. 16, 1994

Dec. 16, 1994

Order/Opinion
144

2:93-cv-00037

Stipulation and Order for Dismissal with Prejudice

Sept. 11, 1997

Sept. 11, 1997

Order/Opinion

Resources

Docket

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Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

Case Details

State / Territory: Montana

Case Type(s):

Prison Conditions

Special Collection(s):

Multi-LexSum (in sample)

Key Dates

Filing Date: April 21, 1993

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

women prisoners incarcerated at the Women's Correctional Center ("WCC") in Warm Springs, Montana

Attorney Organizations:

ACLU National (all projects)

ACLU National Prison Project

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: Unknown

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

Montana Department of Corrections (Warm Springs), State

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.

Constitutional Clause(s):

Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Due Process

Equal Protection

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Private Settlement Agreement

Voluntary Dismissal

Order Duration: 1994 - None

Issues

General:

Access to lawyers or judicial system

Law library access

Discrimination-basis:

Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)

Sex discrimination

Affected Gender:

Female

Medical/Mental Health:

Medical care, general

Mental health care, general

Type of Facility:

Government-run