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Case Name Hearn v. Redman PC-DE-0005
Docket / Court 83-794 ( D. Del. )
State/Territory Delaware
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
In 1983, inmates of the Maximum Security Unit at the Delaware Correctional Center filed suit, pro se, in the District of Delaware against prison officials. According to a state court case, Mister Africa X v. Castle, 1994 WL 274128 (Del. Ch.), and a Third Circuit case, Abdul-Akbar v. Watson, 4 F.3d ... read more >
In 1983, inmates of the Maximum Security Unit at the Delaware Correctional Center filed suit, pro se, in the District of Delaware against prison officials. According to a state court case, Mister Africa X v. Castle, 1994 WL 274128 (Del. Ch.), and a Third Circuit case, Abdul-Akbar v. Watson, 4 F.3d 195 (3d Cir. 1993), the District Court entered a consent decree in Hearn that required prison officials to provide inmates in the Maximum Security Unit access to law library facilities similar to those available to the general population as limited by funding. Some of the conditions included making available to the Maximum Security Unit, all of the treatises, forms, and rules accessible to the general population. It also provided a part-time paralegal for the maximum security inmates. On December 31, 1985, the consent decree was approved and entered by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Murray Schwartz.

Apparently, in 1993, while the earlier decree was still operative, several inmates in the same unit of the same prison filed separate suits, pro se, in the Delaware Chancery Court seeking enforcement of the Hearn decree. Mr. Africa X v. Castle.

No docket is available and this is all the information we have.

John Maksymonko - 07/22/2005


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
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Law library access
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Delaware Correctional Center
Plaintiff Description Prisoner challenging constitutional adequacy of legal services provided to inmates in maximum security unit
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 Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1993 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing No
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)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Opinion of the Court 08/11/1993 (4 F.3d 195)
PC-DE-0005-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Master's Report 03/09/1994 (1994 WL 274128)
PC-DE-0005-0002 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Judges Cowen, Arnold Wilson (Fed. Circuit, )
PC-DE-0005-0001
Garth, Leonard I. (D.N.J., Third Circuit)
PC-DE-0005-0001
Kiger, Richard C. Court not on record
PC-DE-0005-0002
Scirica, Anthony Joseph (E.D. Pa., Third Circuit)
PC-DE-0005-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bartley, Brian J. (Delaware)
PC-DE-0005-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Drowos, Stuart B. (Delaware)
PC-DE-0005-0001
Hoffman, Sherry (District of Columbia)
PC-DE-0005-0002
Jenkins, Cathy (Delaware)
PC-DE-0005-0002
LeBar, Loretta (Kentucky)
PC-DE-0005-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

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