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Case Name Jackson v. Ash JC-KS-0010
Docket / Court 2:13-cv-02504 ( D. Kan. )
State/Territory Kansas
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
Case Summary
On September 30, 2013, two Wyandotte County Adult Detention Center inmates filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas against the Wyandotte County Sheriff, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiffs, represented by the ACLU of Kansas and the Social Justice Law Collective, ... read more >
On September 30, 2013, two Wyandotte County Adult Detention Center inmates filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas against the Wyandotte County Sheriff, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiffs, represented by the ACLU of Kansas and the Social Justice Law Collective, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief. The plaintiffs alleged that the jail's Postcard-Only Mail policy violated their first and fourteenth amendment rights. Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged that a policy restricting all outgoing and ingoing mail to two 5" by 7" postcards, with the text visible to all persons handling the postcard, violated their right to privacy and freedom of speech.

On November 25, 2013, the District Court (Judge Eric F. Melgren) granted the motion for class certification on behalf of all present and future inmates at the Wyandotte County Jail.

On June 26, 2014, the parties met with a private mediator. The resulting conversations between the parties lead to a settlement agreement. This was submitted to the District Court for approval on October 30, 2014. The settlement held that the plaintiffs were allowed to send and receive an unlimited number of letters in envelopes. The defendants also agreed to provide indigent inmates with sufficient writing materials to send two letters a week without cost.

On February 23, 2015, the District Court (Judge Eric F. Melgren) approved the settlement agreement and dismissed the case.

Kathryn DeLong - 11/07/2015


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Constitutional Clause
Equal Protection
Freedom of speech/association
Defendant-type
Corrections
General
Confidentiality
Mail
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Wyandotte County Jail
Plaintiff Description All current and future detainees in the Wyandotte County Adult Detention Center who are subject to or affected by the Postcard-Only Mail Policy.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
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 2013 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2015
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)
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Docket(s)
2:13-cv-2504 (D. Kan.) 02/23/2015
JC-KS-0010-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint 09/30/2013
JC-KS-0010-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Settlement Agreement and Consent Decree 10/30/2014 (D. Kan.)
JC-KS-0010-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Melgren, Eric F. (D. Kan.)
JC-KS-0010-9000
O'Hara, James P. (D. Kan.) [Magistrate]
JC-KS-0010-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bonney, Stephen Douglas (Missouri)
JC-KS-0010-0001 | JC-KS-0010-0002 | JC-KS-0010-9000
Glickman, Joshua Aaron (Florida)
JC-KS-0010-0001 | JC-KS-0010-0002 | JC-KS-0010-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Couchman Jr., Henry E. (Kansas)
JC-KS-0010-0002 | JC-KS-0010-9000
Haga, Ryan Patrick (Kansas)
JC-KS-0010-0002 | JC-KS-0010-9000
Waters, Patrick M. (Kansas)
JC-KS-0010-0002 | JC-KS-0010-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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