A prisoner at the New Hampshire State prison filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the New Hampshire Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire. He was being held at the state prison while he awaited trial on a charge of murder of a county jail guard, and he alleged that his civil rights had been violated because they denied him equal protection of law by putting him in solitary confinement. He further alleged that he has been subjected to cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the 8th Amendment through curtailment of mail privileges, denial of church attendance, denial of fresh air exercise, denial of library privileges, poor food, denial of television, and interference with conferences with his attorney.
On December 2, 1971, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire (Judge Martin Loughlin) held that the prisoner had a right under equal protection to all privileges granted to other prisoners except those privileges involving mixing with the general prison population. Conklin v. Hancock, 334 F.Supp. 1119 (D.N.H. 1971). Kristen Sagar - 08/06/2007