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Ruiz vs. Estelle Collection, 1976-1982 | SHSU Special Collections & University Archives

By Trent Shotwell

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Collection Overview

Title: Ruiz vs. Estelle Collection, 1976-1982Add to your cart.

Extent: 5.0 Boxes

Arrangement: The collection contains legal documents, briefs, and memorandums which are arranged according to the case and then chronologically.

Subjects: Criminals - Rehabilitation, Estelle, W. J., Guajardo, Guadalupe, Prison administration - Texas, Prison reformers - Texas, Ruíz, David Resendez, 1942-2005

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Ruiz v. Estelle collection (1976-1982; five boxes) documents the history of a major class action lawsuit against the Texas Department of Corrections entitled Ruiz v. Estelle.  The collection also includes materials from the case Guajardo v. Estelle.

Collection Historical Note

In February of 1960 David Ruiz was sentenced to twelve years in the Texas Department of Corrections for robbery and automobile theft.  Ruiz was a career criminal in Texas was incarcerated for all but four years of his adult life. David Ruiz died in 2005 at the Texas prison hospital in Galveston.

W.J. Estelle was the Director of the Texas Department of Corrections at the time of the Ruiz lawsuit.  Estelle served as the Director form 1972 until his resignation in 1983 and currently resides in California.

In 1972, Ruiz filed a federal lawsuit over the working and living conditions in Texas Prisons.  The lawsuit was combined with several other prison cases by Judge William Wayne Justice into a class action lawsuit against the Texas Department of Corrections.  Titled Ruiz v. Estelle, the case was responsible for extensive changes to the Texas Department of Corrections management and custody of the prisoners under its supervision.  As a result of this case, Texas was ordered to diminish overcrowding, improve recreation and rehabilitation programs, and amend prison policies and procedures to improve the welfare of Texas inmates.  The Ruiz v. Estelle court case is widely considered to be one of the most influential prison reform cases in United States history.

Subject/Index Terms

Criminals - Rehabilitation
Estelle, W. J.
Guajardo, Guadalupe
Prison administration - Texas
Prison reformers - Texas
Ruíz, David Resendez, 1942-2005

Administrative Information

Repository: SHSU Special Collections & University Archives

Use Restrictions:

The materials represented in this finding aid have been made available for research, teaching and private use. For these purposes, you may reproduce (print, make photocopies, or download) these items without prior permission on the condition that you provide proper attribution of the source in all copies.

Please contact the Newton Gresham Library to request permissions to reproduce materials for any other purpose, or to obtain information regarding the copyright status of a particular items in this collection.

Preferred Citation: Ruíz v. Estelle Collection. Thomason Special Collections, Newton Gresham Library, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas.


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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Motion for Preliminary Injunction, 1979 November 26Add to your cart.
Ruiz v. Estelle, United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division
Folder 2: Summary of Ruiz v. Estelle, 1981 JanuaryAdd to your cart.
Texas Department of Correction
Folder 3: Stipulation, 1981 February 10Add to your cart.
Ruiz v. Estelle, United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division
Folder 4: Memorandum Opinion, 1981 FebruaryAdd to your cart.
Ruiz v. Estelle, United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division
Folder 5: Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, 1981 June 26Add to your cart.
Ruiz v. McMillian, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Unit A
Folder 6: TDC Ruiz vs. Estelle Docket, 1981 July 7Add to your cart.
United States District Court for the Southern District of Houston, Houston Division
Folder 7: Brief for the United States, 1981 December 14Add to your cart.
Ruiz v. Estelle, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Folder 8: TDC Ruiz v. Estelle, Vol. 1 Appeal, 1982 January 14Add to your cart.
Ruiz v. Estelle, United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: TDC Ruiz v. Estelle, Vol. 2 Appeal, 1981 June 5Add to your cart.
Ruiz v. Estelle, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Folder 2: TDC Ruiz v. Estelle, Vol. 3 Appeal, 1981 SeptemberAdd to your cart.
Ruiz v. Estelle, United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division
Folder 3: Defendants' Response to the Special Master's Application for Enforcement and the Master's Memorandum in Support Thereof, 1981 December 4Add to your cart.
United States District Court for the Southern District of Houston, Houston Division.  Includes attached correspondence, Four copies
Folder 4: Stipulated Modification of Section II, D and Section II, A of Amended Decree, 1982 April 14Add to your cart.
Ruiz v. Estelle, United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division
Folder 5: Post-Trial Brief for Plaintiffs, 1982 NovemberAdd to your cart.
Ruiz v. Estelle, United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division
Folder 6: Post-Trial Brief for Defendant, 1982 NovemberAdd to your cart.
Ruiz v. Estelle, United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division
Folder 7: Status of District Court Order in Ruiz v. Estelle, 1981 July 1Add to your cart.
Prepared by the Senate State Affairs Committee
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Post-Trial Memorandum, Volume 1, 1982 NovemberAdd to your cart.
Ruiz v. Estelle, United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division
Folder 2: Post-Trial Memorandum, Volume 2, 1982 NovemberAdd to your cart.
Ruiz v. Estelle, United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division
Folder 3: Defendants' Post Trial Reply Brief, 1982 NovemberAdd to your cart.
Ruiz v. Estelle, United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division
Folder 4: Plaintiffs' Reply Brief, 1982 NovemberAdd to your cart.
Ruiz v. Estelle, United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division
Folder 5: U.S. Post-Trial Reply Memorandum, 1982 NovemberAdd to your cart.
Ruiz v. Estelle, United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division
Folder 6: Order of Reference, 1982Add to your cart.
Ruiz v. Estelle, United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division
Folder 7: Ruiz vs. Estelle Fact Sheet, no dateAdd to your cart.
Texas Council on Crime and Delinquency
Folder 8: Decree Granting Equitable Relief, and Declaratory Judgment, no dateAdd to your cart.
United States District Court for the Southern District of Houston, Houston Division
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Plaintiffs' Memorandum of Law, 1976 November 26Add to your cart.
Guajardo v. Estelle, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Folder 2: Brief of Defendants-Appellants-Cross-Appellees, 1977 September 9Add to your cart.
Guajardo v. Estelle, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Folder 3: Brief of Plaintiffs-Appellees-Cross-Appellants, 1977 October 12Add to your cart.
Guajardo v. Estelle, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Folder 4: Reply Brief of Defendants-Appellants Brief of Cross-Appellees, 1977 November 16Add to your cart.
Guajardo v. Estelle, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Folder 5: Appendix Volume II, no dateAdd to your cart.
Guajardo v. Estelle, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Folder 6: Appendix Volume III, no dateAdd to your cart.
Guajardo v. Estelle, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Folder 7: Appendix Volume IV, no dateAdd to your cart.
Guajardo v. Estelle, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Appendix Volume V, no dateAdd to your cart.
Guajardo v. Estelle, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Folder 2: Appendix Volume VI, no dateAdd to your cart.
Guajardo v. Estelle, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Folder 3: Appendix Volume VII, no dateAdd to your cart.
Guajardo v. Estelle, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Folder 4: Appendix Volume VIII, no dateAdd to your cart.
Guajardo v. Estelle, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Folder 5: Report on the State of Defendants' Compliance at the Eastham Unit, circa 1986Add to your cart.
United States District Court for the Southern District of Houston, Houston Division
Folder 6: Reply Brief of Plaintiffs-Appellees Cross-Appellants, no dateAdd to your cart.
Guajardo v. Estelle, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Folder 7: Plaintiff's Motion to Dismiss Without Prejudice, 1981 SeptemberAdd to your cart.
William Coppola vs. W.J. Estelle.  The United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston District. Two copies
Folder 8: Ruiz v. Estelle Post Trial Memos, 1981 JanuaryAdd to your cart.
United States District Court for the Southern District of Houston, Houston Division. Located on Thomason Main Shelves, CJ Special
Folder 9: Ruiz v. Estelle Post Trial Brief for Plaintiffs, 1981 JanuaryAdd to your cart.
United States District Court for the Southern District of Houston, Houston Division. Located on Thomason Main Shelves, CJ Special
Folder 10: Ruiz v. Estelle Defendants' Post Trial Brief & Defendants' Post Trial Reply Brief, 1981 JanuaryAdd to your cart.
United States District Court for the Southern District of Houston, Houston Division. Located on Thomason Main Shelves, CJ Special

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