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Case Name Big House Books v. Hall PC-MS-0008
Docket / Court 3:18-cv-00259-DPJ-FKB ( S.D. Miss. )
State/Territory Mississippi
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On April 26, 2018, the non-profit, Big House Books, along with two prisoners at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution (SMCI) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. Judge Daniel P. Jordan, III was assigned to the case. The plaintiffs sued ... read more >
On April 26, 2018, the non-profit, Big House Books, along with two prisoners at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution (SMCI) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. Judge Daniel P. Jordan, III was assigned to the case. The plaintiffs sued SMCI and the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC), alleging that the MDOC’s new policy of barring prisoners from receiving free books, unless they are religious books, was unconstitutional. More specifically, they brought this case under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging that this new policy was discriminatory on the basis of religious content and violated the First and the Fourteenth Amendments. Represented by the Mississippi Center for Justice and private counsel, the plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief.

The defendants were served summonses in early May 2018. On December 3, 2018, the court issued an order directing the plaintiffs to show cause by December 19, 2018 why the case should not be dismissed for failure to prosecute. On the 19th, the plaintiffs entered a stipulation of their dismissal. The case is now closed.

Rebecca Strauss - 06/06/2018
Alex Moody - 04/05/2020


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Equal Protection
Establishment Clause
Defendant-type
Corrections
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
General
Conditions of confinement
Grievance Procedures
Library (non-law) access
Mail
Recreation / Exercise
Religious programs / policies
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Defendant(s) Mississippi
South Mississippi Correctional Institution
Plaintiff Description Two prisoners at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution; Big House Books, a non-profit organization that sends donated books to prisoners
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filed 04/26/2018
Case Ongoing Yes
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Docket(s)
3:18-cv-259 (S.D. Miss.)
PC-MS-0008-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/01/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief [ECF# 1]
PC-MS-0008-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/26/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Ball, F. Keith (S.D. Miss.) [Magistrate] show/hide docs
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Jordan, Daniel Porter III (S.D. Miss.) show/hide docs
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Plaintiff's Lawyers McDuff, Robert B. (Mississippi) show/hide docs
PC-MS-0008-0001 | PC-MS-0008-9000
Orlansky, Beth L. (Mississippi) show/hide docs
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