Case: U.S. v. Montana

6:94-cv-00090 | U.S. District Court for the District of Montana

Filed Date: Dec. 1, 1994

Closed Date: 2002

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Case Summary

In November of 1993, the United States government initiated an investigation of the Montana State Prison ("MSP") pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act ("CRIPA"), 42 U.S.C. § 1997. The government recommended that reform be made in the areas of medical, dental, and psychiatric care, particularly with respect to medication practices, infection monitoring, management and staffing. In addition, the investigation revealed that inmates were inadequately protected against fire…

In November of 1993, the United States government initiated an investigation of the Montana State Prison ("MSP") pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act ("CRIPA"), 42 U.S.C. § 1997. The government recommended that reform be made in the areas of medical, dental, and psychiatric care, particularly with respect to medication practices, infection monitoring, management and staffing. In addition, the investigation revealed that inmates were inadequately protected against fire hazards, they were being misclassified with respect to housing, there were bunking issues, substandard food preparation, and finally that the MSP failed to comply with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1201. Numerous other problems were revealed. Subsequent to the government's notice to defendants, the government filed its complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Montana on December 1, 1994. In its complaint the government alleged that the defendants, the governor of Montana and other Department of Corrections officials, failed to provide a reasonably safe environment and adequate inmate protection from harm, in addition to allegations of failure of adequate medical, dental, and mental health care.

Accordingly, in September of 1996, the parties filed a stipulated agreement for the purposes of resolving the medical, dental, and psychiatric issues. Defendants agreed to implement reform provisions with the understanding that noncompliance could result in a reopening of the claims for litigation. In 1997, the parties entered into a second stipulated agreement with respect to the issues of inmate protection, fire safety, overflow issues, and other issues alleged in the complaint. The case was placed on the inactive docket by Judge Charles C. Lovell following the agreement but procedural activity continued until June of 2002.

No further information is available.

Summary Authors

Rebecca Bloch (4/19/2006)

People


Judge(s)

Lovell, Charles C. (Montana)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Matteucci, Sherry S. (Montana)

Nelson, Mellie H. (District of Columbia)

Patrick, Deval L. (District of Columbia)

Peabody, Arthur E. Jr. (District of Columbia)

Pinzler, Isabelle Katz (District of Columbia)

Reno, Janet (District of Columbia)

Rosenbaum, Steven H. (District of Columbia)

Turner, James P. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Gallinger, Lorraine I. (Montana)

Judge(s)

Lovell, Charles C. (Montana)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Matteucci, Sherry S. (Montana)

Nelson, Mellie H. (District of Columbia)

Patrick, Deval L. (District of Columbia)

Peabody, Arthur E. Jr. (District of Columbia)

Pinzler, Isabelle Katz (District of Columbia)

Reno, Janet (District of Columbia)

Rosenbaum, Steven H. (District of Columbia)

Turner, James P. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Gallinger, Lorraine I. (Montana)

Keller, P. Keith (Montana)

Kradolfer, Kimberly A. (Montana)

Mazurek, Joseph (Montana)

Ohler, David L. (Montana)

Other Attorney(s)

Maddox, William G. (District of Columbia)

Masling, Mark S. (District of Columbia)

Payne, Timothy R. (District of Columbia)

Schlanger, Margo (District of Columbia)

Weinstein, Laurie J. (District of Columbia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

6:94-cv-00090

Docket (PACER)

June 18, 2002

June 18, 2002

Docket

6:94-cv-00090

Findings Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of the Montana State Prison, Deer Lodge, Montana

Nov. 23, 1993

Nov. 23, 1993

Findings Letter/Report
1

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Complaint

Dec. 1, 1994

Dec. 1, 1994

Complaint
177

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Joint Motion

Sept. 12, 1996

Sept. 12, 1996

Pleading / Motion / Brief
175

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Order

Sept. 17, 1996

Sept. 17, 1996

Order/Opinion

6:94-cv-00090

Stipulated Agreement

Jan. 27, 1997

Jan. 27, 1997

Settlement Agreement

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):

Post-PLRA Jail and Prison Private Settlement Agreements

Civil Rights Division Archival Collection

Multi-LexSum (in sample)

Key Dates

Filing Date: Dec. 1, 1994

Closing Date: 2002

Case Ongoing: No reason to think so

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

United States Department of Justice, on behalf of prisoners at the Montana State Prison

Plaintiff Type(s):

U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Montana State Prison, State

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq.

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:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Private Settlement Agreement

Order Duration: 1996 - None

Issues

General:

Classification / placement

Fire safety

Food service / nutrition / hydration

Phone

Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)

Crowding:

Crowding / caseload

Discrimination-basis:

Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)

Medical/Mental Health:

Dental care

Medical care, general

Medication, administration of

Mental health care, general

Type of Facility:

Government-run