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Case Name Wilkinson v. MacDougall PC-AZ-0014
Docket / Court 81-1397 ( D. Ariz. )
State/Territory Arizona
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
Sometime in 1982, a prisoner of the State of Arizona filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Arizona Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. The plaintiff alleged that the defendants had violated his constitutional rights by failing to maintain ... read more >
Sometime in 1982, a prisoner of the State of Arizona filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Arizona Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. The plaintiff alleged that the defendants had violated his constitutional rights by failing to maintain an adequate law library.

We have no documents from this case, but we know that the District Court ruled that the plaintiff had been deprived of his rights and ordered the defendants to maintain the prison's law library in a manner specified by the court. We know this because this case is referenced in the consent decree in Lewis v. Casey, para. I.L: "ADOC shall adequately maintain up-to-date collections in each law library of the materials and resources required by Wilkinson v. MacDougall, CIV 81-1397 (Jan 5, 1984)." See PC-AZ-0004-0009. We have no other information on the case.

Kristen Sagar - 09/24/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
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Access to lawyers or judicial system
Law library access
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Arizona Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description Inmate confined by the State of Arizona
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Unknown
Class action status granted Unknown
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Unknown
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 1984 - n/a
Case Closing Year 1984
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing PC-AZ-0003 : Black v. Ricketts (D. Ariz.)
PC-AZ-0004 : Casey v. Lewis (D. Ariz.)
PC-AZ-0007 : Taylor v. Arizona (D. Ariz.)
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 ]

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General Documents
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Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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