Case: Wilkinson v. MacDougall

2:81-01397 | U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona

Filed Date: Nov. 17, 1981

Closed Date: 1984

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Case Summary

Sometime in 1982, a prisoner of the State of Arizona filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Arizona Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. The plaintiff alleged that the defendants had violated his constitutional rights by failing to maintain an adequate law library.

We have no documents from this case, but we know that the District Court ruled that the plaintiff had been deprived of his rights and ordered the defendants to maintain the prison's law library in a manner specified by the court. We know this because this case is referenced in the consent decree in Lewis v. Casey, para. I.L: "ADOC shall adequately maintain up-to-date collections in each law library of the materials and resources required by Wilkinson v. MacDougall, CIV 81-1397 (Jan 5, 1984)." We have no other information on the case.


Summary Authors

Kristen Sagar (9/24/2007)

Related Cases

Taylor v. Arizona, District of Arizona (1972)

Black v. Ricketts, District of Arizona (1984)

Casey v. Lewis, District of Arizona (1990)

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Case Details

State / Territory: Arizona

Case Type(s):

Prison Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: Nov. 17, 1981

Closing Date: 1984

Case Ongoing: No


Plaintiff Description:

Inmate confined by the State of Arizona

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Unknown

Filed Pro Se: Unknown

Class Action Sought: Unknown

Class Action Outcome: Unknown


Arizona Department of Corrections, State

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Constitutional Clause(s):

Due Process

Due Process: Substantive Due Process

Available Documents:

None of the above


Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:


Order Duration: 1984 - 0



Access to lawyers or judicial system

Jails, Prisons, Detention Centers, and Other Institutions:

Law library access