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Case Name Howell v. Wilson PC-OH-0013
Docket / Court 89-762 ( S.D. Ohio )
State/Territory Ohio
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On September 14, 1989, prisoners at the Ross Correctional Institute in Ohio filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Ohio against prison officials. The plaintiffs sought compensatory and punitive damages, as well as declaratory and ... read more >
On September 14, 1989, prisoners at the Ross Correctional Institute in Ohio filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Ohio against prison officials. The plaintiffs sought compensatory and punitive damages, as well as declaratory and injunctive relief, alleging that defendants interfered with the delivery of plaintiffs' legal mail, and that the law library at Ross Correctional Institute was inadequate, thereby denying the prisoners access to the courts.

The parties filed a consent decree with the court on June 2, 1993. After a fairness hearing, the District Court (Judge John D. Holschuh) approved the consent decree on March 30, 1994. The court provided that the consent decree would have the effect of a court order.

The defendants moved for summary judgment on July 14, 1994. The District Court (Judge Holschuh) granted the defendants' motion on February 1, 1995. On October 18, 1995, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (per curiam) affirmed the judgment of the District Court. Howell v. Wilson, 70 F.3d 115 (6th Cir. 1995).

The defendants moved to vacate the consent decree on March 21, 1997. The District Court (Judge Holschuh) granted the defendants' motion on March 27, 1998. The case is closed.

We have no information about the contents of the consent decree. The only documents we have are the docket and the Sixth Circuit's opinion.

Kaitlin Corkran - 06/12/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Law library access
Mail
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Ohio Prison Officials
Ross Correctional Institution
Plaintiff Description prisoners at the Ross Correctional Institute in Ohio
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1993 - 1997
Case Closing Year 1997
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)
89-762 (S.D. Ohio) 09/13/1999
PC-OH-0013-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order 10/18/1995 (70 F.3d 115)
PC-OH-0013-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Judges Holschuh, John David (S.D. Ohio)
PC-OH-0013-9000
Joiner, Charles Wycliffe (E.D. Mich.)
PC-OH-0013-0001
Kemp, Terence Peter (S.D. Ohio) [Magistrate]
PC-OH-0013-9000
Kennedy, Cornelia Groefsema (Sixth Circuit, E.D. Mich.)
PC-OH-0013-0001
Merritt, Gilbert Stroud Jr. (Sixth Circuit)
PC-OH-0013-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Antrim, Donald (Ohio)
PC-OH-0013-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Zets, Brian M. (Ohio)
PC-OH-0013-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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