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Case Name Hensley v. Wilson PC-KY-0004
Docket / Court Docket No. Not Available ( W.D. Ky. )
State/Territory Kentucky
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
Plaintiffs, four Kentucky inmates, brought this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, claiming, among other things, procedural due process violations in the way prison disciplinary hearings were conducted. ... read more >
Plaintiffs, four Kentucky inmates, brought this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, claiming, among other things, procedural due process violations in the way prison disciplinary hearings were conducted. Plaintiffs complained that the prison disciplinary committee found plaintiffs guilty of infractions and ordered that the inmates' good time be forfeited without disclosing to the inmates the nature of the evidence against them or the names of confidential informants that supplied the evidence. Plaintiffs sought injunctive relief and monetary damages.

The District Court (Chief Judge Edward H. Johnstone) entered summary judgment and injunctive relief in favor of inmates and the correction officials appealed.

On June 20, 1988, the United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit (Circuit Judge Ryan) affirmed in part and reversed in part. The Appeals Court held that (1) correction officials were entitled to qualified; (2) due process required the prison disciplinary committees to make independent assessment of informant reliability and contemporaneous record of that assessment. The Court, however, found that the disciplinary committees' assessment of the informant's reliability need not be disclosed to the inmates when prison security would be jeopardized. Hensley V. Wilson, 850 F2d 269 (6th Cir. 1988). The case was remanded for further proceedings.

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Dan Dalton - 02/28/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Disciplinary procedures
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Kentucky State Penitentiary
Plaintiff Description State prison inmates bringing civil rights action against correction officials complaining of manner in which prison disciplinary hearings were conducted
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 1986 - 1988
Case Closing Year 1988
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)
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General Documents
Reported Opinion 06/20/1988 (850 F.2d 269)
PC-KY-0004-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Ryan, James Leo (Sixth Circuit)
PC-KY-0004-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Megibow, Tod D. (Kentucky)
PC-KY-0004-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Cooper, Linda G. (Kentucky)
PC-KY-0004-0001
Jones, Barbara Willett (Kentucky)
PC-KY-0004-0001
Sexton, David A. (Kentucky)
PC-KY-0004-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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