University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
Title "Bounds v. Smith"
Date Apr 5, 1976
Author Oyez
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Abstract The North Carolina Department of Correction (“DoC”) had custody of approximately 10,000 prisoners housed in 80 prison units in 67 different counties. The only unit having a writ room and some semblance of a legal library was the Central Prison in Raleigh. Robert Smith, Donald W. Morgan, and John Harrington were all inmates in the DoC’s custody. In consolidated cases, the plaintiffs alleged that the state of North Carolina failed to provide its prisoners with proper legal facilities. They argued that this violated their right of access to the courts guaranteed by the First and Fourteenth Amendments.
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case Smith v. Bounds (PC-NC-0007)

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