Case: Prison Legal News, Inc. v. Haley

2:99-cv-00486 | U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama

Filed Date: May 13, 1999

Closed Date: 2000

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Case Summary

On May 13, 1999, Prison Legal News, Inc. (PLN) and inmate Aven H. Cotton filed a lawsuit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, challenging on First Amendment grounds the Alabama Department of Corrections (DOC) policy which prohibited inmates from receiving books, magazines or newspapers unless paid for by inmate funds from Prisoner Money on Deposit accounts. Plaintiffs, who were represented by the Southern Poverty Law Center, sought declaratory and injunctive relief.

Shortly after the initiation of the lawsuit, both parties filed cross-motions for summary judgment. During the motion briefing period, the case was settled.

On March 29, 2000, the District Court (Judge Ira De Ment) entered an agreed Stipulation which set forth the terms of the settlement, including a change in DOC policy to permit inmates to receive free and gift publications. The case was then administratively closed.

Summary Authors

Dan Dalton (3/13/2007)

People


Judge(s)

DeMent, Ira (Alabama)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Brownstein, Rhonda C. (Alabama)

Cohen, J. Richard (Alabama)

Smith, Catherine (Alabama)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Addison, William F. (Alabama)

Redd, Andrew Weldon (Alabama)

Tepley, Peter John (Alabama)

Judge(s)

DeMent, Ira (Alabama)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Brownstein, Rhonda C. (Alabama)

Cohen, J. Richard (Alabama)

Smith, Catherine (Alabama)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Addison, William F. (Alabama)

Redd, Andrew Weldon (Alabama)

Tepley, Peter John (Alabama)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

2:99-cv-00486

Docket (PACER)

March 29, 2000

March 29, 2000

Docket
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2:99-cv-00486

Stipulation

March 29, 2000

March 29, 2000

Settlement Agreement

Resources

Docket

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Case Details

State / Territory: Alabama

Case Type(s):

Prison Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: May 13, 1999

Closing Date: 2000

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Prison Legal News, Inc. challenging the policy prohibiting inmates from receiving books, magazines, or newspapers unless they have been paid for with funds from inmates' Prisoner Money on Deposit

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

Southern Poverty Law Center

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Alabama Department of Corrections, State

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Constitutional Clause(s):

Due Process

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Order Duration: 2000 - 0

Issues

General:

Mail

Type of Facility:

Government-run