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Case Name Prison Legal News, Inc. v. Haley PC-AL-0024
Docket / Court 2:99-cv-00486-ID-CSC ( M.D. Ala. )
State/Territory Alabama
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Attorney Organization Southern Poverty Law Center
Case Summary
On May 13, 1999, Prison Legal News, Inc. (PLN) and inmate Aven H. Cotton filed a lawsuit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, challenging on First Amendment grounds the Alabama Department of Corrections (DOC) policy which prohibited ... read more >
On May 13, 1999, Prison Legal News, Inc. (PLN) and inmate Aven H. Cotton filed a lawsuit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, challenging on First Amendment grounds the Alabama Department of Corrections (DOC) policy which prohibited inmates from receiving books, magazines or newspapers unless paid for by inmate funds from Prisoner Money on Deposit accounts. Plaintiffs, who were represented by the Southern Poverty Law Center, sought declaratory and injunctive relief.

Shortly after the initiation of the lawsuit, both parties filed cross-motions for summary judgment. During the motion briefing period, the case was settled.

On March 29, 2000, the District Court (Judge Ira De Ment) entered an agreed Stipulation which set forth the terms of the settlement, including a change in DOC policy to permit inmates to receive free and gift publications. The case was then administratively closed.

Dan Dalton - 03/13/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Mail
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Alabama Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description Prison Legal News, Inc. challenging the policy prohibiting inmates from receiving books, magazines, or newspapers unless they have been paid for with funds from inmates' Prisoner Money on Deposit
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Southern Poverty Law Center
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
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 2000 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2000
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 ]

Links Prison Legal News Homepage
Prison Legal News
By: Prison Legal News
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
2:99-cv-00486-ID-CSC (M.D. Ala.) 03/29/2000
PC-AL-0024-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Stipulation 03/29/2000
PC-AL-0024-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges De Ment, Ira (M.D. Ala.)
PC-AL-0024-0001 | PC-AL-0024-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Brownstein, Rhonda C. (Alabama)
PC-AL-0024-0001 | PC-AL-0024-9000
Cohen, J. Richard (Alabama)
PC-AL-0024-0001 | PC-AL-0024-9000
Smith, Catherine (Alabama)
PC-AL-0024-0001 | PC-AL-0024-9000
Tepley, Peter John (Alabama)
PC-AL-0024-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Addison, William F. (Alabama)
PC-AL-0024-0001 | PC-AL-0024-9000
Redd, Andrew Weldon (Alabama)
PC-AL-0024-0001 | PC-AL-0024-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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