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Case Name Craig v. Hocker PC-NV-0001
Docket / Court R-2662 ( D. Nev. )
State/Territory Nevada
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
In 1972, inmates at the Nevada State Prison filed a Section 1983 class action suit in the District of Nevada, pro se, against officials of the Nevada State Prisons. Plaintiffs alleged that defendants violated the Fourteenth Amendments' due process clause be denying them the right to call witnesses, ... read more >
In 1972, inmates at the Nevada State Prison filed a Section 1983 class action suit in the District of Nevada, pro se, against officials of the Nevada State Prisons. Plaintiffs alleged that defendants violated the Fourteenth Amendments' due process clause be denying them the right to call witnesses, produce evidence or obtain legal counsel during disciplinary proceedings within the prison. Plaintiffs also complained of denial of adequate medical care, mail privileges, and visiting privileges. Charles Zeh, Washington County Legal Aid Society, was appointed to represent the plaintiffs.

Following trial in April 1974, the District Court (Judge Bruce R. Thompson) held that prisoners who were subject to disciplinary proceedings were entitled to certain due process rights including the right to legal counsel. Judge Thompson also held that plaintiffs were not being denied adequate medical care and treatment. Craig v. Hocker, 405 F. Supp. 656 (D. Nev. 1975).

In July 1980, the parties filed a consent decree that required defendants to improve the living conditions of the prison, reform administrative segregation and classification procedures, reform mail regulations, and improve access to judicial process. As part of the consent decree, defendants also agreed to submit to the court, within 60 days, a plan for implementing the agreed changes.

The docket for this case is not available on PACER, and therefore our information ends with the consent decree, dated July 18, 1980.

Eoghan Keenan - 06/10/2005


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Administrative segregation
Classification / placement
Disciplinary procedures
Disciplinary segregation
Law library access
Library (non-law) access
Mail
Visiting
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Nevada State Prison
Plaintiff Description inmates at the Nevada State Prison
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1980 - 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)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Memorandum Decision 12/09/1968 (393 U.S. 990)
PC-NV-0001-0006.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Complaint 04/26/1972
PC-NV-0001-0001.pdf | Detail
Memorandum Opinion 02/20/1975 (405 F.Supp. 656) (D. Nev.)
PC-NV-0001-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Table Opinion 03/25/1980 (618 F.2d 115)
PC-NV-0001-0005.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Consent Decree 07/18/1980
PC-NV-0001-0002.pdf | Detail
Order 06/01/1993 (994 F.2d 1401)
PC-NV-0001-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Hall, Cynthia Holcomb (Ninth Circuit, C.D. Cal.)
PC-NV-0001-0004
Thompson, Bruce Rutherford (D. Nev.)
PC-NV-0001-0002 | PC-NV-0001-0003
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Lamboley, Paul (Nevada)
PC-NV-0001-0003
Lohse, William K. (Nevada)
PC-NV-0001-0003
McKenna, Kenneth James (Nevada)
PC-NV-0001-0004
O'Mara, William (Nevada)
PC-NV-0001-0003
Zeh, Charles R. (Nevada)
PC-NV-0001-0002 | PC-NV-0001-0003
Defendant's Lawyers Adler, Ernest E. (Nevada)
PC-NV-0001-0002
Bryan, Richard (Nevada)
PC-NV-0001-0002
List, Robert (Nevada)
PC-NV-0001-0002 | PC-NV-0001-0003
Simmons, John E. (Nevada)
PC-NV-0001-0004 | PC-NV-0001-0004
Other Lawyers None on record

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