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Case Name Reynolds v. Hall JC-FL-0020
Docket / Court 3:10-cv-00355-MCR -EMT ( N.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
Case Summary
On September 13, 2010, the plaintiffs filed a class action against the Sheriff of Santa Rosa County, Florida under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, Pensacola Division.

The plaintiffs challenged the defendant's recently instituted policy ... read more >
On September 13, 2010, the plaintiffs filed a class action against the Sheriff of Santa Rosa County, Florida under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, Pensacola Division.

The plaintiffs challenged the defendant's recently instituted policy and practice ("Postcard-Only Mail Policy") that forbids inmates of the Santa Rosa County, Florida jail ("Jail") from sending letters enclosed in envelopes to their parents, children, spouses, friends, other loved ones, or other correspondents. Instead, jail inmates must write all of their correspondences in a postcard format except for privileged/legal mail. The plaintiffs allege this new policy impermissibly restricts inmates' ability to exercise their rights to communicate with correspondents outside the jail and these correspondents' right to receive these inmates' communications and expressions, in violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.

Represented by attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida and the Florida Justice Institute, Plaintiffs asked the Court to enjoin the Postcard-Only Mail Policy and declare that it violates their constitutional rights.

On September 20, 2010, the plaintiffs filed a First Amended Complaint. The next day, the plaintiffs filed a Motion for Class Certification. On December 14, 2010, the plaintiffs filed a Second Amended Complaint. On February 24, 2011, the plaintiffs filed a Third Amended Complaint. On April 15, 2011, the plaintiffs filed a Motion for Preliminary Injunction. On May 26, 2011, the plaintiffs' motion for class certification was granted.

On February 13, 2012, the parties entered into a consent decree in which the defendant agreed to: 1) allow inmates to send letters, 2) provide writing materials to inmates upon intake, 3) provide writing materials to indigent inmates, 4) provide indigent inmates with legal writing materials, 5) offer writing materials for sale to all inmates at a reasonable price and with no content or volume restrictions, 6) place no restrictions on the volume or number of writing materials received by inmates from third party sources or other inmates, and 7) provide the plaintiffs with reasonable attorney fees, costs, and expenses.

Xin Chen - 05/20/2011


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Mail
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Sheriff of Santa Rosa County, Florida
Plaintiff Description Plaintiffs, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, challenge Defendant’s Postcard-Only Mail Policy that forbids inmates of the Santa Rosa County Jail from sending letters enclosed in envelopes to their correspondents.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Pending
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies After Decision: Implementation of Judicial Decrees in Correctional Settings
Written: Oct. 01, 1977
By: M. Kay Harris & Dudley P. Spiller (Temple University)
Citation: (1977)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ]

Docket(s)
3:10-cv-00355-MCR -EMT (N.D. Fla.) 07/03/2012
JC-FL-0020-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/13/2010
JC-FL-0020-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Amended Complaint 09/20/2010
JC-FL-0020-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Motion and Memorandum of Law for Class Certification 09/21/2010
JC-FL-0020-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendant's Motion to Dismiss the First Amended Complaint and Memorandum of Law 10/12/2010
JC-FL-0020-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Response in Opposition to Defendant's Motion to Dismiss 10/29/2010
JC-FL-0020-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Second Amended Complaint 12/14/2010
JC-FL-0020-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Third Amended Complaint 02/24/2011
JC-FL-0020-0007.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction 04/15/2011
JC-FL-0020-0008.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order (granting class certification) 05/26/2011 (790 F.Supp.2d 1368) (N.D. Fla.)
JC-FL-0020-0009.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND CONSENT DECREE 02/13/2012 (N.D. Fla.)
JC-FL-0020-0010.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Rodgers, Margaret Catharine (N.D. Fla.) [Magistrate]
JC-FL-0020-0009 | JC-FL-0020-0010 | JC-FL-0020-9000
Timothy, Elizabeth M. (N.D. Fla.) [Magistrate]
JC-FL-0020-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Berg, Randall Challen Jr. (Florida)
JC-FL-0020-0002 | JC-FL-0020-0003 | JC-FL-0020-0006 | JC-FL-0020-0007 | JC-FL-0020-0008 | JC-FL-0020-9000
Glickman, Joshua Aaron (Florida)
JC-FL-0020-0005 | JC-FL-0020-0006 | JC-FL-0020-0007 | JC-FL-0020-0008 | JC-FL-0020-9000
Heller, Shawn Alex (Florida)
JC-FL-0020-0005 | JC-FL-0020-0006 | JC-FL-0020-0007 | JC-FL-0020-0008 | JC-FL-0020-9000
Kayanan, Maria (Florida)
JC-FL-0020-0002 | JC-FL-0020-0003 | JC-FL-0020-0005 | JC-FL-0020-0006 | JC-FL-0020-0007 | JC-FL-0020-0008 | JC-FL-0020-9000
Marshall, Randall C (Florida)
JC-FL-0020-0001 | JC-FL-0020-0002 | JC-FL-0020-0003 | JC-FL-0020-0005 | JC-FL-0020-0006 | JC-FL-0020-0007 | JC-FL-0020-0008 | JC-FL-0020-9000
Stevenson, Benjamin James (Florida)
JC-FL-0020-0001 | JC-FL-0020-0002 | JC-FL-0020-0003 | JC-FL-0020-0005 | JC-FL-0020-0006 | JC-FL-0020-0007 | JC-FL-0020-0008 | JC-FL-0020-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Tischler, Keith C. (Florida)
JC-FL-0020-0004 | JC-FL-0020-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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