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Case Name Human Rights Defense Center v. Management & Training Corporation PC-OH-0032
Docket / Court 3:17-cv-1082 ( N.D. Ohio )
State/Territory Ohio
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Special Collection Prison Legal News
Case Summary
On May 23, 2017, the Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. The case was assigned to Judge Jeffrey Helmick. The plaintiff sued the Management and Training Corporation (MTC), doing business as North Central Correctional ... read more >
On May 23, 2017, the Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. The case was assigned to Judge Jeffrey Helmick. The plaintiff sued the Management and Training Corporation (MTC), doing business as North Central Correctional Complex, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. MTC’s mail policy prohibited prisoners from receiving books through the mail if the books had not been pre-approved by MTC or if the sender was not on a pre-approved vendor list. HRDC alleged that MTC censored HRDC’s publications in violation of HRDC’s free speech rights under the First Amendment, as well as HRDC’s rights to due process and equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment. Represented by private counsel, the plaintiff sought declaratory relief, injunctive relief, damages, and attorneys’ fees.

On the same day that it filed the complaint, the plaintiff moved for a preliminary injunction prohibiting the MTC from enforcing its pre-approval mail policy. The case settled, however, before the court could rule on this motion.

On July 24, 2017, the parties reached a nationwide settlement agreement that resolved the issues both in this case and in Prison Legal News v. Management & Training Corporation (Case No. 2:16-cv-01174) in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico. MTC agreed to modify its mail policy to allow the delivery of publications to prisoners without using an approved vendors list and discontinue bans on publications on the basis of sender. MTC also agreed to pay HRDC $150,000 in damages and attorneys’ costs. The settlement terms applied to all of MTC’s facilities throughout the country.

The case was dismissed with prejudice on August 17, 2017. In the event of a breach of the settlement agreement, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico retains jurisdiction to enforce the settlement agreement. The settlement agreement does not state a time period for which the terms of the agreement will be in effect.

Rebecca Strauss - 06/25/2018


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Equal Protection
Freedom of speech/association
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Recordkeeping
Training
Defendant-type
Corrections
General
Conditions of confinement
Loss or damage to property
Mail
Type of Facility
Non-government for profit
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Management & Training Corporation
Plaintiff Description Human Rights Defense Center, the parent organization and publisher of Prison Legal News
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Attorneys fees
Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Conditional Dismissal
Filing Year 2017
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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  Settlement Agreement
Prison Legal News
Date: Jul. 24, 2017
By: Prison Legal News
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

  Civil Rights Injunctions Over Time: A Case Study of Jail and Prison Court Orders
N.Y.U. Law Review
Date: May 2006
By: Margo Schlanger (Washington University Faculty)
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
Book
Date: Jan. 1, 1998
By: Malcolm M. Feeley & Edward Rubin (UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law & Vanderbilt School of Law Faculty Faculty)
Citation: (1998)
[ Detail ]

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

Docket(s)
3:17-cv-1082 (N.D. Ohio)
PC-OH-0032-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/17/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
PC-OH-0032-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/23/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Helmick, Jeffrey James (N.D. Ohio)
PC-OH-0032-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Gerhardstein, Adam G. (Ohio)
PC-OH-0032-0001 | PC-OH-0032-9000
Gerhardstein, Alphonse A. (Ohio)
PC-OH-0032-0001 | PC-OH-0032-9000
Marshall, Daniel (Florida)
PC-OH-0032-0001 | PC-OH-0032-9000
Mutamba, Masimba (Florida)
PC-OH-0032-0001 | PC-OH-0032-9000
Neelakanta, Sabarish (Florida)
PC-OH-0032-0001 | PC-OH-0032-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Quinlan, Michael P. (Ohio)
PC-OH-0032-9000
Reid, Timothy T. (Ohio)
PC-OH-0032-9000

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