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Case Name Crofton v. Spaulding PC-WA-0014
Docket / Court 2:94-cv-00208-CI ( E.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On October 11, 1995, Clayton Crofton, a Washington state inmate brought a pro se civil rights action in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, challenging a Washington State Penitentiary (WSP) regulation that prohibited receipt by a prisoner of gift magazine subscriptions. ... read more >
On October 11, 1995, Clayton Crofton, a Washington state inmate brought a pro se civil rights action in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, challenging a Washington State Penitentiary (WSP) regulation that prohibited receipt by a prisoner of gift magazine subscriptions. The inmate sought injunctive relief and monetary damages.

On May 14, 1996, the District Court (Magistrate Judge Cynthia Imbrogno) issued an order and judgment granting in part plaintiff's claim for injunctive relief, permanently enjoining the WSP from rejecting gift magazine subscriptions mailed to inmates, so long as the content of the magazines otherwise complied with WSP regulations. Judgment was entered in favor of the defendants on plaintiff's remaining claims.

Plaintiff Crofton filed a similar lawsuit in 1995, styled Crofton v. Roe. (See PC-WA-5).

Dan Dalton - 04/25/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
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Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Washington State Penitentiary
Plaintiff Description Prison inmate whose claim involves the rejection of his gift magazine subscriptions
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 Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 1996 - n/a
Case Closing Year 1997
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing PC-WA-0005 : Crofton v. Roe (E.D. Wash.)
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)
2:94-cv-00208-CI (E.D. Wash.) 08/28/1997
PC-WA-0014-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order Granting In Part Plaintiff's Claim For Injunctive Relief And Granting Judgment For Defendants On Remaining Claims 05/14/1996 (E.D. Wash.)
PC-WA-0014-0001 PDF | Detail
Judgment in a Civil Case 05/14/1996 (E.D. Wash.)
PC-WA-0014-0002 PDF | Detail
Judges Imbrogno, Cynthia (E.D. Wash.) [Magistrate]
PC-WA-0014-0001 | PC-WA-0014-0002 | PC-WA-0014-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers Nerup, Penelope (Washington)
PC-WA-0014-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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