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Case Name Stewart v. Bender PC-MA-0014
Docket / Court 87-1154 ( State Court )
State/Territory Massachusetts
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On July 5, 1988 prisoners of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts filed a lawsuit in the Suffolk County Superior Court in Massachusetts. They alleged that their constitutional right to access to the courts was violated by the fact that there were only three typewriters for more than seven hundred ... read more >
On July 5, 1988 prisoners of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts filed a lawsuit in the Suffolk County Superior Court in Massachusetts. They alleged that their constitutional right to access to the courts was violated by the fact that there were only three typewriters for more than seven hundred inmates in the prison. We have no further information on the proceedings in this case.

Kristen Sagar - 03/31/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
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Access to lawyers or judicial system
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Massachusetts Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description 1988 prisoners of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Unknown
Class action status granted Unknown
Prevailing Party Unknown
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Unknown
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
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)
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  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)
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Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
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