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Prison Legal News

From its website:
"Prison Legal News, a project of the Human Rights Defense Center, is an independent 72-page monthly magazine that provides cutting edge review and analysis of prisoners' rights, court rulings and news concerning criminal justice-related issues. PLN has a national (U.S.) focus on both state and federal prison issues, with some international coverage. PLN provides information that enables prisoners and other concerned individuals and organizations to gain a better understanding of a broad range of criminal justice topics, including issues related to the protection and enforcement of prisoners' rights."

PLN's has brought many lawsuits challenging official policies and practices that allegedly interfere with PLN's free speech rights, including the ability to communicate with prisoners. The goal is to open up mail policies not only for PLN's speech but for all publishers and others who want to communicate with people who are incarcerated.
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 Human Rights Defense Center v. Winn
1:19-cv-12470-TLL-PTM (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 08/22/2019 - Case Ongoing
Director of MDOC
Michigan Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-MI-0046
Coding Complete
The Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC) is a non-profit publisher of Prison Legal News and other publications for prisoners. After many issues of Prison Legal News were withheld from prisoners in Michigan from 2016 to 2019, HRDC filed this lawsuit on August 22, 2019, in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. it sued the Michigan ... [view]
2 Human Rights Defense Center v. Greene County
3:17-cv-00381-TMR (S.D. Ohio)
Filed 10/31/2017 - Closed 2018
Greene County
Greene County Jail
Jail Conditions
JC-OH-0017
Greene County
Coding Complete
On October 31, 2017, the Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. The HRDC sued Greene County under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. HRDC sought declaratory and injunctive relief as well as monetary damages and attorneys’ fees. They claimed that the defendant violated their First and ... [view]
3 Human Rights Defense Center v. Ballard
3:17-cv-00057-GFVT (E.D. Ky.)
Filed 07/17/2017 - Case Ongoing
Kentucky Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-KY-0009
Coding Complete
On July 17, 2017, the Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. HRDC sued both the former and current commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Corrections (KDOC), as well as many agents of the KDOC, all under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. HRDC, a charitable organization and ... [view]
4 Human Rights Defense Center v. County of Los Angeles
2:17-cv-04883 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/03/2017 - Case Ongoing
County of Los Angeles
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0128
Los Angeles County
Coding Complete
On July 3, 2017, the Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. HRDC sued the County of Los Angeles and several agents of the Sheriff’s Department under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and state law. HRDC sought declaratory and injunctive relief as well as monetary relief and ... [view]
5 Human Rights Defense Center v. Management & Training Corporation
3:17-cv-1082 (N.D. Ohio)
Filed 05/23/2017 - Case Ongoing
Management & Training Corporation
North Central Correctional Complex
Prison Conditions
PC-OH-0032
Marion County
Coding Complete
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 ... [view]
6 Prison Legal News v. Cook County
1:16-cv-06862 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 06/30/2016 - Case Ongoing
Thomas J. Dart
Cook County Jail
Jail Conditions
PC-IL-0037
Cook County
Coding Complete
On June 30, 2016, Prison Legal News (PLN) filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District Court of Illinois against Cook County Jail under section §1983, alleging violations of the First and Fourteenth Amendment's Due Process and Equal Protection clause of the U.S. Constitution. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendants ... [view]
7 Prison Legal News v. Tulare
1:15-cv-01650-SAB (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 10/29/2015 - Case Ongoing
County of Tulare
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0122
Tulare County
Coding Complete
On October 29, 2015, Prison Legal News (PLN) filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. The Plaintiff sued the County of Tulare under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Represented by the Human Rights Defense Center and Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld, the Plaintiff asked the court for injunctive and declaratory ... [view]
8 Prison Legal News v. Jones
3:15-cv-00452 (E.D. Tenn)
Filed 10/06/2015 - Closed 2018
Knox County Sheriff's Office
Jail Conditions
JC-TN-0006
Knox County
Coding Complete
On October 6, 2015, Prison Legal News (PLN) filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee (Knoxville) against the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. PLN sued under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging that the defendant violated their First and Fourteenth Amendment rights to freedom of speech, due process, and ... [view]
9 Prison Legal News v. Federal Bureau of Prisons
1:15-cv-02184 (D. Colo.)
Filed 10/01/2015 - Case Ongoing
Federal Bureau of Prisons
United States Penitentiary, Administrative Maximum Facility at Florence, Colorado
Prison Conditions
PC-CO-0025
Fremont County
Coding Complete
On October 1, 2015, Prison Legal News, a legal news magazine intended for inmates, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. The plaintiff sued the Federal Bureau of Prisons claiming that the U.S. Penitentiary, Administrative Maximum Facility in Florence (ADX) illegally censored the magazine, violating the First ... [view]
10 Prison Legal News v. Wickersham
2:15-cv-12350 (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 06/30/2015 - Closed 2017
Macomb County
Jail Conditions
PC-MI-0038
Macomb County
Coding Complete
On June 30, 2015, Prison Legal News (PLN) filed this lawsuit in Eastern District of Michigan (Detroit), under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, against Macomb County. PLN, represented by private counsel, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as compensatory and punitive damages. PLN claimed that an October 2013 policy at the Macomb ... [view]
11 Lopez v. Brown
15-cv-02725 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 06/17/2015 - Closed 2018
State of California
Prison Conditions
PC-CA-0071
Coding Complete
On June 17, 2015, death row prisoners at California's San Quentin prison, who had been kept in prolonged solitary confinement, filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, sued the State of California, the San Quentin State Prison, the California ... [view]
12 Prison Legal News v. Ryan
2:15-cv-02245-BSB (D. Ariz.)
Filed 2015 - Case Ongoing
Arizona Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-AZ-0021
Coding Complete
Prison Legal News produces a monthly publications and books that are mailed to subscribers within the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADOC). On November 6, 2015, Prison Legal News filed this § 1983 lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Arizona against the ADOC alleging violations of the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Specifically, the ... [view]
13 Prison Legal News v. The GEO Group
1:14-cv-01957-JMS-DKL (S.D. Ind.)
Filed 11/26/2014 - Closed 2015
The GEO Group
The GEO Group
Prison Conditions
PC-IN-0019
Boca Raton
Coding Complete
On November 26, 2014, Prison Legal News (PLN), a project of the Human Rights Defense Center, filed this lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana against the GEO Group, a Florida for-profit corporation that operates and manages the New Castle Correctional Facility, and the State of Indiana. The ... [view]
14 S.W. v. Williams
1:14-cv-896 (S.D. Ohio)
Filed 11/23/2014 - Closed 2015
Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners
Hamilton County Juvenile Court
Juvenile Institution
JI-OH-0011
Coding Complete
On November 23, 2014, two African-American teenage males filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio under 42 U.S.C. §1983 against the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Center and Hamilton County, Ohio. The plaintiffs, represented by public interest counsel, sought preliminary and permanent injunctive ... [view]
15 Jamal v. Kane
1:14-cv-02148 (M.D. Pa.)
Filed 11/10/2014 - Closed
Pennsylvania
Prison Conditions
Speech and Religious Freedom
PC-PA-0037
Coding Complete
On November 10, 2014, the plaintiffs filed this lawsuit in the Middle District of Pennsylvania under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and Pennsylvania state law against the Pennsylvania Attorney General and the District Attorney of Philadelphia. The plaintiffs--incarcerated prisoners, Prison Radio, Human Rights Coalition, and an unincorporated network of ... [view]
16 Prison Legal News v. County of San Diego
3:14-cv-02417 (S.D. Cal.)
Filed 10/10/2014 - Case Ongoing
County of San Diego
San Diego County Jails
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0112
San Diego County
Coding Complete
On October 10, 2014, Prison Legal News (PLN) filed a suit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the County of San Diego. The plaintiff, represented by public interest and private counsel, sought declaratory relief, injunctive relief, and damages, claiming that the county's mail ... [view]
17 Prison Legal News (PLN) v. Lewis County
3:14-cv-05304-JRC (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 04/11/2014 - Closed
Lewis County
Lewis County Jail
Jail Conditions
JC-WA-0009
Lewis County
Coding Complete
On April 11, 2014, Prison Legal News (PLN), a non-profit publication of the Human Rights Defense Center, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington under 42 U.S.C. §1983 against Lewis County. The complaint alleged that Lewis County's mail policy, which restricted incoming and outgoing correspondence at the ... [view]
18 Prison Legal News v. County of Ventura
2:14-cv-00773 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 01/31/2014 - Closed 2017
County of Ventura
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0108
Ventura County
Coding Complete
This case was brought by the Prison Legal News (PLN) on behalf of prisoners and pre-trial detainees held in custody at Ventura County jails. PLN provides a monthly journal, informational brochures, and paperback books that all discuss issues involving the criminal justice system. PLN alleged that the Ventura County jails' mail policies and ... [view]
19 Prison Legal News v. Sullivan County
2:13-cv-00266 (E.D. Tenn)
Filed 10/10/2013 - Closed 2016
Sullivan County
Sullivan County Sheriff's Office
Jail Conditions
JC-TN-0011
Sullivan County
Coding Complete
On October 10, 2013, Prison Legal News (“PLN”) filed this lawsuit on behalf of itself and Sullivan County Jail prisoners in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. The plaintiff sued Sullivan County under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiff, represented by both private and public interest legal counsel, sought ... [view]
20 Prison Legal News v. Stolle
2:13-cv-00424-MSD-TEM (E.D. Va.)
Filed 07/31/2013 - Closed 2015
Virginia Beach Sheriff
Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office
Jail Conditions
JC-VA-0014
Norfolk (independent) city
Coding Complete
On July 31, 2013, Prison Legal News, represented by private and in-house counsel, filed this lawsuit in the Eastern District of Virginia. PLN sued the Virginia Beach Correctional Center (VBCC) under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for declaratory and injunctive relief and monetary damages. PLN claimed that VBCC has been censoring the monthly publication, books, ... [view]
21 Carpenter v. Pallito
531-9-13 (State Court)
Filed 2013 - Closed 2014
Vermont Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-VT-0004
Washington County
Coding Complete
Plaintiff, a prisoner in the custody of the Vermont Department of Corrections and housed in Kentucky, filed suit against the Department of Corrections (DOC), arguing that his out-of-state incarceration violated the Common Benefits Clause of the state constitution and the Equal Protection Clause. Plaintiff sought declaratory relief and an order ... [view]
22 Prison Legal News v. Betterton
2:12-cv-00699 (E.D. Tex.)
Filed 11/09/2012 - Closed 2013
Upshur County Jail
Upshur County
Jail Conditions
PC-TX-0015
Upshur County
Coding Complete
On November 9, 2012, Prison Legal News (PLN), a monthly publication that reports on criminal justice-related issues, filed a federal lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas against Upshur County, Texas, alleging violation of its rights to free speech and due process at the Upshur County Jail. On October 10, 2013, the plaintiff filed a second ... [view]
23 Goodman v. Davis
2:12-cv-00166 (S.D. Tex.)
Filed 05/21/2012 - Case Ongoing
Correctional Institutions Division Director
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Prison Conditions
PC-TX-0022
Bee County
Coding Complete
On May 21, 2012, a Native American prisoner incarcerated at the McConnell Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) filed this lawsuit, pro se, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The plaintiff sued five TDCJ employees under 42 U.S.C. § 1983: the Director of TDCJ, the Director of Chaplaincy Department, two ... [view]
24 Prison Legal News v. Columbia County
3:12-cv-00071-SI (D. Or.)
Filed 01/13/2012 - Closed
Columbia County
Jail Conditions
JC-OR-0010
Coding Complete
On January 13, 2012, the Prison Legal News (PLN) filed a civil rights lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for Oregon under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Columbia County. The plaintiff, represented by Human Rights Defense Center and private counsel, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as damages, claiming that the defendants' " ... [view]
25 In the Matter of Rates for Interstate Inmate Calling Services / Wright Petition II
WC Docket No. 12-375 (No Court)
Filed 2012 - Case Ongoing
Federal Communications Commission
Prison Conditions
PC-DC-0028
Washington, DC
Coding Complete
This is a matter before the Federal Communications Commission, dealing with high charges for prisoner phone calls. It is a continuation of the FCC matter CC Docket 96-128 regarding the First and Alternative Wright Petitions (PC-DC-0027). In that matter, the FCC had received ... [view]
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