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Case Name Miller v. Massachusetts Department of Corrections PC-MA-0025
Docket / Court 1:84-cv-01062-REK ( D. Mass. )
State/Territory Massachusetts
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On April 9, 1984, a prisoner in Bridgewater, Massachusetts filed a pro se lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. §1983 against the Massachusetts Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The plaintiff asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as ... read more >
On April 9, 1984, a prisoner in Bridgewater, Massachusetts filed a pro se lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. §1983 against the Massachusetts Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The plaintiff asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as damages, alleging that his constitutional rights had been violated by the conditions of his confinement, lack of mail privileges and insufficient rehabilitation.

Our information on this case is limited to the PACER docket. According to the docket, on December 10, 1985, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts (Judge Robert E. Keeton) awarded injunctive relief to the plaintiff on one of his causes of action. Later, on June 11, 1991, the court ordered the defendants to pay the plaintiff $500.00 in attorneys' fees and closed the case. On July 7, 1991, the plaintiff appealed the dismissal of the case. On August 5, 1993, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed the district court's dismissal of the case.

Kristen Sagar - 02/13/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Mail
Rehabilitation
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Massachusetts Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description a prisoner in Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Unknown
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 1985 - 1991
Case Closing Year 1991
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)
1:84-cv-01062-REK (D. Mass.) 08/06/1993
PC-MA-0025-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
No documents currently in the collection
Judges Keeton, Robert Ernest (D. Mass.)
PC-MA-0025-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers Mullen, Timothy A. (Massachusetts)
PC-MA-0025-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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