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Pennsylvania Department of Corrections v. Yeskey

524 U.S. 206, 118 S. Ct. 1952 (1998)

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Pennsylvania Department of Corrections v. Yeskey

United States Supreme Court

524 U.S. 206, 118 S. Ct. 1952 (1998)

Facts

Ronald Yeskey (plaintiff) was incarcerated in a Pennsylvania state prison. The sentencing court had recommended that the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PADOC) (defendant) place Yeskey in Motivational Boot Camp (Boot Camp), a voluntary statewide program available to some first-time offenders that allowed successful participants to obtain early parole. However, the PADOC refused to admit Yeskey into Boot Camp because Yeskey had a history of hypertension. Yeskey sued the PADOC and several named PADOC officials (defendants) in federal district court, alleging that the PADOC had violated Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by excluding Yeskey from Boot Camp. The PADOC argued that the ADA did not apply to people in state prisons. The district court dismissed Yeskey’s petition, finding that the ADA was inapplicable to people incarcerated in state prisons. The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reversed. The PADOC appealed, and the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Scalia, J.)

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