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Case Name State ex rel. Williams v. Dep't of Military Affairs of Pub. Safety PC-WV-0005
Docket / Court 30407 ( State Court )
State/Territory West Virginia
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On August 28, 2001, an inmate at the Huttonsville Correctional Center filed a pro se petition for writs of mandamus in the Supreme Court of Appeals for West Virginia. The plaintiff alleged that he had been denied rehabilitative services during his incarceration and that he had been improperly ... read more >
On August 28, 2001, an inmate at the Huttonsville Correctional Center filed a pro se petition for writs of mandamus in the Supreme Court of Appeals for West Virginia. The plaintiff alleged that he had been denied rehabilitative services during his incarceration and that he had been improperly placed on restrictive status. On September 19, 2001, the same inmate filed a pro se petition for habeas corpus in the same court, challenging the prison's procedures for restoring good time credit and the procedures for notifying prisoners of alleged disciplinary violations.

On October 11, 2002, the Supreme Court of Appeals for West Virginia (Judge Robin Davis) held that the warden lacked authority to prohibit inmates from applying for the restoration of good time credit until two years immediately preceding their discharge date, that the warden's practice was arbitrary and capricious and without a rational basis required by the due process clause, and that the inmates were entitled to notice of alleged disciplinary violations within a reasonable time and with such specificity as to permit the inmates to understand the nature of the charges. State ex rel. Williams v. Department of Military Affairs of Public Safety, 573 S.E.2d 1 (W.Va. 2002). We have no further information on the proceedings of this case.

Kristen Sagar - 04/22/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
General
Disciplinary procedures
Rehabilitation
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Habeas Corpus, 28 U.S.C. ยงยง 2241-2253; 2254; 2255
Defendant(s) Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety
Plaintiff Description Five (5) individuals incarcerated at Huttonsville Correctional Center
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 2002 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Civil Rights Injunctions Over Time: A Case Study of Jail and Prison Court Orders
N.Y.U. Law Review
By: Margo Schlanger (Washington University)
Citation: 81 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 550 (2006)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

  Judicial Policy Making and the Modern State: How the Courts Reformed America's Prisons
By: Malcolm M. Feeley & Edward Rubin (UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law & Vanderbilt School of Law Faculty)
Citation: (1998)
[ Detail ]

Docket(s)
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General Documents
Reported Opinion 10/11/2002 (573 S.E.2d 1)
PC-WV-0005-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Davis, Robin Jean (State Supreme Court)
PC-WV-0005-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Huber, Jason E (West Virginia)
PC-WV-0005-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Koerber, Barry L. (West Virginia)
PC-WV-0005-0001
McGraw, Darrell V. Jr. (West Virginia)
PC-WV-0005-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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