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Case Name Dedrick v. Wallman PC-IA-0019
Docket / Court 79-360 ( S.D. Iowa )
State/Territory Iowa
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
In 1979, inmates from the Iowa State Penitentiary, the Iowa State Men's Reformatory, and the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa against prison officials complaining of disciplinary proceedings ... read more >
In 1979, inmates from the Iowa State Penitentiary, the Iowa State Men's Reformatory, and the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa against prison officials complaining of disciplinary proceedings that allegedly violated the prisoners' Fourteenth Amendment rights. The plaintiffs asked the court to expunge from their records determinations of misconduct that did not meet Constitutional procedural due process requirements. A hearing was held on January 18, 1985 and the District Court (Judge Donald E. O'Brien) filed an opinion setting out legal standards for the punishment of prisoners through sanctions, concluding that inmates have a liberty interest in not being punished with sanctions until the inmate has been convicted of a rules violation. The District Court left the application of the principles to individual inmates up to the parties. Dedrick v. Wallman, 617 F.Supp. 178 (D.C. Iowa 1985).

The docket for this case is not available on PACER. All of our information comes from the 1985 ruling on disciplinary sanctions. Therefore, we have no information of subsequent or previous litigation or any other issue.

Rebekah Henn Sullivan - 08/10/2005


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Disciplinary procedures
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Iowa State Penitentiary, Iowa State Men's Reformatory, Iowa Correctional Institution for Women
Plaintiff Description Prison inmates challenging imposition of sanctions
Class action status sought Unknown
Class action status granted Unknown
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Unknown
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Order Duration 1985 - n/a
Case Ongoing No reason to think so
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 ]

Links Cruel Confinement: Abuse, Discrimination and Death Within Alabama's Prisons
Written: Jun. 04, 2014
(Southern Poverty Law Center )
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Memorandum Opinion (617 F.Supp. 178) (S.D. Iowa)
PC-IA-0019-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 04/02/1985
Source: Google Scholar
Judges O'Brien, Donald Eugene (N.D. Iowa, S.D. Iowa)
PC-IA-0019-0001
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bennett, Mark W. (Iowa)
PC-IA-0019-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Parmeter, John (Iowa)
PC-IA-0019-0001

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