Case: Conklin v. Hancock

1:75-cv-00252 | U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire

Filed Date: Aug. 21, 1975

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Case Summary

A prisoner at the New Hampshire State prison filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the New Hampshire Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire on 08/21/1975. He was being held at the state prison while he awaited trial on a charge of murder of a county jail guard, and he alleged that his civil rights had been violated because they denied him equal protection of law by putting him in solitary confinement. He further alleged that he has been…

A prisoner at the New Hampshire State prison filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the New Hampshire Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire on 08/21/1975. He was being held at the state prison while he awaited trial on a charge of murder of a county jail guard, and he alleged that his civil rights had been violated because they denied him equal protection of law by putting him in solitary confinement. He further alleged that he has been subjected to cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the 8th Amendment through curtailment of mail privileges, denial of church attendance, denial of fresh air exercise, denial of library privileges, poor food, denial of television, and interference with conferences with his attorney.

On December 2, 1971, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire (Judge Martin Loughlin) held that the prisoner had a right under equal protection to all privileges granted to other prisoners except those privileges involving mixing with the general prison population. Conklin v. Hancock, 334 F.Supp. 1119 (D.N.H. 1971).

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Summary Authors

Kristen Sagar (8/6/2007)

People


Judge(s)

Bownes, Hugh Henry (New Hampshire)

Loughlin, Martin Francis (New Hampshire)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Johnson, Robert V. III (New Hampshire)

Judge(s)

Bownes, Hugh Henry (New Hampshire)

Loughlin, Martin Francis (New Hampshire)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Johnson, Robert V. III (New Hampshire)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket (PACER)

Conklin v. Prison Warden

Aug. 21, 1975 Docket

Opinion and Orders

334 F.Supp. 1119, 1971 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 10534

Dec. 3, 1971 Order/Opinion

Resources

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Docket

Last updated May 12, 2022, 8 p.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

State / Territory: New Hampshire

Case Type(s):

Prison Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: Aug. 21, 1975

Case Ongoing: No reason to think so

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Prisoner alleging deprivation of his constitutional rights, specifically equal protection of the law which other inmates receive and that he is being discriminated against because he is being held in solitary confinement

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Unknown

Filed Pro Se: Unknown

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

New Hampshire Department of Corrections (Concord), State

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Constitutional Clause(s):

Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Equal Protection

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Litigation

Order Duration: 1971 - None

Issues

General:

Access to lawyers or judicial system

Administrative segregation

Classification / placement

Disciplinary segregation

Law library access

Library (non-law) access

Mail

Phone

Recreation / Exercise

Religious programs / policies

Visiting

Type of Facility:

Government-run