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Clark v. Long, 255 F.3d 555 (8th Cir. 2001). A Muslim inmate sued prison officials alleging violation of his First Amendment rights because he was compelled to wash pans containing pork. The district court granted judgment for the defendants as a matter of law and the inmate appealed. The appeals court affirmed, finding no evidence that any of the named defendants compelled the inmate to wash the pans, but only an unnamed officer allegedly threatened the inmate with discipline if he refused. (Missouri Eastern Correctional Center)

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Mays v. Rhodes, 255 F.3d 644 (8th Cir. 2001). The mother of an inmate who died due to heat exhaustion brought a [section] 1983 action against prison officials, alleging violation of the inmate's Eighth Amendment rights. The district court denied summary judgment for the defendants and they appealed. The appeals court reversed and remanded the case for dismissal. The appeals court held that the plaintiff failed to show that officials were deliberately indifferent to the inmate's limitations or knowingly compelled the inmate to perform physical labor that was beyond his strength or that was unduly painful. The court noted that there was no evidence showing that the inmate displayed any signs prior to his collapse that would have alerted officials to his medical needs. The court also found that the plaintiff failed to show that officials failed to treat the inmate after his collapse, where they responded by calling other officials who promptly transported the inmate to the prison infirmary. The inmate had starte d his first day of work on a "hoe squad." After a lunch break he returned to work and by mid-afternoon the temperature was only seventy-two degrees. The inmate collapsed while working and never regained consciousness after being transported from the prison infirmary to a local hospital. (East Arkansas Regional Unit, Arkansas Department of Corrections)
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Publication:Corrections Caselaw Quarterly
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