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Case Name Catalyst v. Box Elder County JC-UT-0001
Docket / Court 1:98-cv-00130-DAK ( D. Utah )
State/Territory Utah
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
On November 6, 1998, Prison Legal News (PLN), CATALYST and an individual inmate filed a lawsuit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, challenging Box Elder County Jail's policies and restrictions on incoming inmate mail.

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On November 6, 1998, Prison Legal News (PLN), CATALYST and an individual inmate filed a lawsuit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, challenging Box Elder County Jail's policies and restrictions on incoming inmate mail.

This case was one of several lawsuit instituted by PLN over the years, challenging prison mail restrictions on First Amendment grounds. See e.g., PC-OR-4, PC-AL-24, PC-WA-8 and PC-MI-22.

Shortly after filing of the lawsuit, the parties settled the case. The Settlement Stipulation provided that the Box Elder County Jail's would institute a new regulation regarding inmate mail that complied with the protections guaranteed by the First Amendment.

Box Elder County agreed to pay monetary damages in the amount of $100 each to PLN, CATALYST and the individual inmate, along with attorneys' fees and costs of $1,750.00. The Settlement Stipulation also provided that the individual inmate could immediately possess copies of publications by PLN and CATALYST. It also contained an express provision prohibiting Jail personnel from retaliating against the inmate for filing the lawsuit.

On March 30, 1999, the District Court (Judge Dale A. Kimball) entered the Settlement Stipulation and dismissed the case the case with prejudice.

Dan Dalton - 04/25/2007


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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) Box Elder County Jail
Plaintiff Description Catalyst, a registered name of New Moon Press, Prisoner's Legal News, a Washington non-profit corporation, and Eric Lee Piper
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Unknown
Class action status granted Unknown
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1999
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies After Decision: Implementation of Judicial Decrees in Correctional Settings
Written: Oct. 01, 1977
By: M. Kay Harris & Dudley P. Spiller (Temple University)
Citation: (1977)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ]

Docket(s)
1:98-cv-00130-DAK (D. Utah) 03/30/1999
JC-UT-0001-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Settlement Stipulation 11/01/1998
JC-UT-0001-0001 PDF | Detail
Judges Kimball, Dale A. (D. Utah)
JC-UT-0001-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Barnard, Brian M. (Utah)
JC-UT-0001-0001 | JC-UT-0001-9000
Harris, James L. Jr. (Utah)
JC-UT-0001-0001 | JC-UT-0001-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Bunderson, Jon J. (Utah)
JC-UT-0001-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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