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Case Name Humanists of Washington v. Lehman PC-WA-0013
Docket / Court 3:97-cv-05499-FDB-JKA ( W.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On August 7, 1997, the Humanists of Washington and the National Prison Project of the ACLU filed a § 1983 COMPLAINT against the Washington Department of Corrections [DOC] in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, challenging restrictions on prison regulations regarding ... read more >
On August 7, 1997, the Humanists of Washington and the National Prison Project of the ACLU filed a § 1983 COMPLAINT against the Washington Department of Corrections [DOC] in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, challenging restrictions on prison regulations regarding inmate mail. Plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief.

Defendants moved to dismiss the complaint. That motion was denied by the District Court (Judge Franklin D. Burgess) on February 2, 1998.

Thereafter, the parties engaged in settlement negotiations and reached a resolution of the case. An Order Approving Stipulation for Approval of Settlement and Entry of Judgment was entered on October 22, 1999. The Settlement Agreement provided for changes to DOC regulations governing inmate mail, which included changes to the mail rejection process, handling of legal materials. The Agreement also incorporated the DOC policy changes that were addressed in the cases Miniken v. Walter, 978 F.Supp. 1356 (E.D.Wash. 1997) [PC-WA-11 of this collection] and Crofton V. Roe, 170 F.3d 957 (9th Cir. 1999). [PC-WA-5].

On June 14, 2004, the District Court entered a Stipulated Order to Terminate Relief Provisions of Release and Settlement Agreement of October 22, 1999, noting that no enforcement actions had been brought been either party. The case was then administratively closed. We have no further information on the matter.

Dan Dalton - 02/20/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Library (non-law) access
Loss or damage to property
Mail
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Washington Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description Humanists of Washington, the National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Inc., and prison inmates
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Unknown
Class action status granted Unknown
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 1999 - 2004
Case Closing Year 2004
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing PC-WA-0005 : Crofton v. Roe (E.D. Wash.)
PC-WA-0011 : Miniken v. Walter (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)
3:96-cv-05688-FDB (W.D. Wash.) 06/14/2004
PC-WA-0013-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Setlement Agreement and Release 10/01/1999
PC-WA-0013-0004 PDF | Detail
Stipulation for Approval of Settlement and Entry of Judgment 10/22/1999
PC-WA-0013-0001 PDF | Detail
Stipulated Motion to Terminate Relief Provisions of Release and Settlement Agreement 06/10/2004
PC-WA-0013-0002 PDF | Detail
Stipulated Order to Terminate Relief Provisions of Release and Settlement Agreement 06/14/2004 (W.D. Wash.)
PC-WA-0013-0003 PDF | Detail
Judges Arnold, J. Kelley (W.D. Wash.) [Magistrate]
PC-WA-0013-9000
Burgess, Franklin D. (W.D. Wash.) [Magistrate]
PC-WA-0013-0002 | PC-WA-0013-0003 | PC-WA-0013-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bringman, Joseph E. (Washington)
PC-WA-0013-0001 | PC-WA-0013-0003 | PC-WA-0013-0004 | PC-WA-0013-9000
Gendler, Michael W. (Washington)
PC-WA-0013-0001 | PC-WA-0013-0002 | PC-WA-0013-0003 | PC-WA-0013-0004 | PC-WA-0013-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Evans, Colleen B. (Washington)
PC-WA-0013-9000
Klein, Heather (Washington)
PC-WA-0013-0001 | PC-WA-0013-0004
Kneip, Kasey (Washington)
PC-WA-0013-0001 | PC-WA-0013-0004
Krier, Nancy Joan (Washington)
PC-WA-0013-9000
McLachlan, Mary C. (Washington)
PC-WA-0013-0002 | PC-WA-0013-0003 | PC-WA-0013-9000
Mentzer, Eric (Washington)
PC-WA-0013-9000
Mitchell, Michael T. (Washington)
PC-WA-0013-0001 | PC-WA-0013-0001 | PC-WA-0013-0004 | PC-WA-0013-9000
Myhra, Kasey C. (Washington)
PC-WA-0013-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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