University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
new search
page permalink
Case Name Conklin v. Hancock PC-NH-0004
Docket / Court 75-252 ( D.N.H. )
State/Territory New Hampshire
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
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 ... read more >
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


compress summary

- click to show/hide ALL -
Issues and Causes of Action
click to show/hide detail
Issues
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Administrative segregation
Classification / placement
Disciplinary segregation
Law library access
Library (non-law) access
Mail
Phone
Recreation / Exercise
Religious programs / policies
Visiting
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) New Hampshire Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description Prisoner alleging deprivation of his constitutional rights, specifically equal protection of the law which other inmates receive and that he is being discriminated against because he is being held in solitary confinement
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 1971 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
Additional Resources
click to show/hide detail
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)
75-252 (D.N.H.) 08/21/1975
PC-NH-0004-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Opinion and Orders 12/03/1971 (334 F.Supp. 1119) (D.N.H.)
PC-NH-0004-0002 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Bownes, Hugh Henry (D.N.H., First Circuit)
PC-NH-0004-0002
Loughlin, Martin Francis (D.N.H.)
PC-NH-0004-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers Johnson, Robert V. III (New Hampshire)
PC-NH-0004-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

- click to show/hide ALL -

new search
page permalink

- top of page -