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Case Name Holtz v. Farrier PC-IA-0020
Docket / Court 80-88 ( N.D. Iowa )
State/Territory Iowa
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On July 15, 1980, prisoners at the Iowa Men's Reformatory in Anamosa, Iowa filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. §1983 against the Iowa Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of Iowa. The plaintiffs alleged that their constitutional rights had been violated by the ... read more >
On July 15, 1980, prisoners at the Iowa Men's Reformatory in Anamosa, Iowa filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. §1983 against the Iowa Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of Iowa. The plaintiffs alleged that their constitutional rights had been violated by the defendants' actions restricting their access to postage and mail supplies. On September 16, 1981, the parties entered into a private settlement agreement, and on October 9, 1981, the U.S. District Court for the District of Iowa (Judge Edward McManus) approved the settlement agreement. On November 21, 1985, the parties agreed to amend the settlement agreement, and on December 18, 1985, the U.S. District Court for the District of Iowa approved the amendment.

On March 29, 1999, the U.S. District Court for the District of Iowa (Judge McManus) granted the defendants' unresisted motion to dismiss the case and terminate the relief that had been granted to the plaintiffs. As we have only the docket for this case, we have no further information on the proceedings.

Kristen Sagar - 03/16/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Mail
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Iowa Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description Two inmates at Iowa Men's Reformatory in Anamosa
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 1981 - 1999
Case Closing Year 1999
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)
80-88 (N.D. Iowa) 05/28/1999
PC-IA-0020-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
No documents currently in the collection
Judges McManus, Edward Joseph (N.D. Iowa)
PC-IA-0020-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Zimmerman, Richard (Iowa)
PC-IA-0020-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Lindebak, Layne M. (Iowa)
PC-IA-0020-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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