Case: Dedrick v. Wallman

4:79-00360 | U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa

Filed Date: Aug. 13, 1979

Closed Date: April 2, 1985

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Case Summary

In 1979, inmates from the Iowa State Penitentiary, the Iowa State Men's Reformatory, and the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa against prison officials complaining of disciplinary proceedings that allegedly violated the prisoners' Fourteenth Amendment rights. The plaintiffs asked the court to expunge from their records determinations of misconduct that did not meet Constitutional procedura…

In 1979, inmates from the Iowa State Penitentiary, the Iowa State Men's Reformatory, and the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa against prison officials complaining of disciplinary proceedings that allegedly violated the prisoners' Fourteenth Amendment rights. The plaintiffs asked the court to expunge from their records determinations of misconduct that did not meet Constitutional procedural due process requirements. A hearing was held on January 18, 1985 and the District Court (Judge Donald E. O'Brien) filed an opinion setting out legal standards for the punishment of prisoners through sanctions, concluding that inmates have a liberty interest in not being punished with sanctions until the inmate has been convicted of a rules violation. The District Court left the application of the principles to individual inmates up to the parties. Dedrick v. Wallman, 617 F.Supp. 178 (D.C. Iowa 1985).

The docket for this case is not available on PACER. All of our information comes from the 1985 ruling on disciplinary sanctions. Therefore, we have no information of subsequent or previous litigation or any other issue.

Summary Authors

Rebekah Henn Sullivan (8/10/2005)

People


Judge(s)

O'Brien, Donald Eugene (Iowa)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Bennett, Mark W. (Iowa)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Parmeter, John (Iowa)

Judge(s)

O'Brien, Donald Eugene (Iowa)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Bennett, Mark W. (Iowa)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Parmeter, John (Iowa)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

4:79-00360

Memorandum Opinion

617 F.Supp. 178, 1985 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 21107

April 2, 1985

April 2, 1985

Order/Opinion

Resources

Docket

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Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

Case Details

State / Territory: Iowa

Case Type(s):

Prison Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: Aug. 13, 1979

Closing Date: April 2, 1985

Case Ongoing: No reason to think so

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Prison inmates challenging imposition of sanctions

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Unknown

Filed Pro Se: Unknown

Class Action Sought: Unknown

Class Action Outcome: Unknown

Defendants

Iowa State Penitentiary, Iowa State Men's Reformatory, Iowa Correctional Institution for Women , State

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Constitutional Clause(s):

Due Process

Availably Documents:

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Litigation

Order Duration: 1985 - None

Issues

General:

Disciplinary procedures

Discrimination-area:

Discipline

Type of Facility:

Government-run