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Rodriguez v. Briley.

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Rodriguez v. Briley, 403 F.3d 952 (7th Cir. 2005). A state prison inmate brought a [section] 1983 action against corrections officials, alleging that they refused to let him out of his cell for meals and showers because he refused to comply with a rule that required prisoners to stow certain items while outside of their cells. The rule requires inmates to store certain of their belongings in a storage box in their cells, to enhance fire safety, facilitate cell searches, and otherwise promote safety and security. The inmate missed meals because he refused to comply with the rule. The district court granted summary judgment for the officials and the inmate appealed. The appeals court affirmed, finding that enforcing the stowage rule by forbidding exit from the cell was not cruel and unusual punishment, since the inmate had the option of simply complying with the rule. According to the court, the rule was a valid means of promoting the safety and security of the prison. (Illinois)
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Publication:Corrections Caselaw Quarterly
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U3IL
Date:Aug 1, 2005
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