Three inmates of the Arkansas State Penitentiary filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Arkansas Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. The plaintiffs alleged that they had been unconstitutionally subjected to cruel and unusual corporal punishment by prison guards and that they had been unconstitutionally denied access to courts for redress of their grievances.
On November 15, 1965, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas (Judge Jesse S. Henley) enjoined the defendants from using corporal punishment on prisoners until adequate safeguards had been established, and he permanently enjoined the defendants from intimidation or other interference with inmate access to courts. Talley v. Stephens, 247 F.Supp. 683 (E.D.Ark. 1965).Kristen Sagar - 06/20/2007
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