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Case Name Long v. Beyer PC-NJ-0011
Docket / Court 87-1301 ( D.N.J. )
State/Territory New Jersey
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On April 6, 1987, an inmate in the Capital Sentences Unit (CSU) at the Trenton State Prison filed a pro se lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the New Jersey Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. The plaintiff alleged that the defendants had ... read more >
On April 6, 1987, an inmate in the Capital Sentences Unit (CSU) at the Trenton State Prison filed a pro se lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the New Jersey Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. The plaintiff alleged that the defendants had violated his constitutional right to access to the courts by denying him access to the prison law library, and he asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief.

On August 11, 1987, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey (Judge Anne Thompson) granted the plaintiff's request for a preliminary injunction, denied the defendants' motion for summary judgment, and ordered the plaintiff and the defendants to submit proposals within 30 days for a plan which will more adequately provide CSU inmates with meaningful legal access. Long v. Beyer, 1987 WL 16769 (D.N.J. Aug. 11, 1987).

On January 11, 1988, the district court (Judge Thompson) issued an injunction against the defendants with the following orders: 1) the prison may assign one staff person to coordinate the legal services for the CSU, and four paralegals should be named to assist the inmates in the CSU; 2) the paralegals should be available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; 3) inmates should submit legal request forms to the wing officer, who will record and handle all requests on a daily basis, and the defendants will have ten days to supply the material to the inmates; 4) no assistance will be provided by the law library concerning any matter which is being handled by an attorney; 5) inmate paralegals must be approved by the CSU officers, and they will not be strip searched because they will communicate with the inmates through a visitor's window; 6) inmates in the CSU will be allowed copies of only five cases for each two-week period. Long v. Beyer, 676 F.Supp. 75 (D.N.J. 1988). We have no further information on the proceedings in this case.

Kristen Sagar - 08/06/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Preliminary relief granted
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Law library access
Visiting
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) New Jersey Department of Corrections
Trenton State Prison
Plaintiff Description Prison inmate alleging that the defendants have denied him adequate access to the courts by denying him access to the prison law library
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 Preliminary injunction / Temp. restraining order
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 1987 - n/a
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)
[ 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)
87-01301 (D.N.J.) 04/03/1990
PC-NJ-0011-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum and Order 08/11/1987 (1987 WL 16769) (D.N.J.)
PC-NJ-0011-0002 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Memorandum and Order 01/11/1988 (676 F.Supp. 75) (D.N.J.)
PC-NJ-0011-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Thompson, Anne Elise (D.N.J.)
PC-NJ-0011-0001 | PC-NJ-0011-0002 | PC-NJ-0011-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers Chudzik, Helene (New Jersey)
PC-NJ-0011-0001
Gregory, George W. (New Jersey)
PC-NJ-0011-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

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