November 22, 2005
Santa Clara County Allowed to Maintain Virtual Prison Law Libraries
Here is the introductory paragraphs from The Reporter:
“A federal judge Monday terminated a 30-year order requiring Santa Clara County to maintain inmate law libraries.
"The county has provided prisoners with reasonable access to the courts," U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte ruled Monday.
Santa Clara closed all four of its inmate law libraries in 2003 and replaced them with a system that requires prisoners to make written requests for research materials to Legal Research Associates. The county says the system is more efficient, while critics say inmates often have to wait weeks to receive information. James McManis, who represented the plaintiffs in Batchelder v. Geary, C-712017, said there will likely be an appeal."
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Lee Peoples, Oklahoma City University Law Library
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