U.S. District Court: TYPEWRITE.Roberts v. Cohn 63 F.Supp.2d 921 (N.D. Ind. 1999). Prisoners brought a [section] 1983 action against a prison and prison officials alleging violation of their First and Fourteenth Amendment Fourteenth Amendment, addition to the U.S. Constitution, adopted 1868. The amendment comprises five sections. Section 1
Section 1 of the amendment declares that all persons born or naturalized in the United States are American citizens and citizens rights by a prison policy of prohibiting typewriters and word processors. The district court granted summary judgment in favor of the defendants. The court held that although inmates have a right to meaningful access to courts, this access is satisfied by providing basic materials, such a pens and paper, for the preparation of legal materials. According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. the court, prison inmates do not have a constitutional right to use or possess typewriters and word processors. The court found that the policy, which a flows prisoners to keep typewriters or word processors that they currently own, but prohibits prisoners from purchasing new machines, did not discriminate on the basis of suspect classifications such as race or religion. The court noted that the prisoners did not present evidence that they failed a course or program of s tudy due to their inability to turn in typewritten type·write
intr. & tr.v. type·wrote , type·writ·ten , type·writ·ing, type·writes
To engage in writing or to write (matter) with a typewriter. work, and therefore did not show any violation of a liberty interest that they had in possessing a typewriter typewriter, instrument for producing by manual operation characters similar to those of printing. Corresponding to each key on the instrument's keyboard is a steel type. or word processor. (Indiana State Prison The Indiana State Prison is located in Michigan City, Indiana about 50 miles east of Chicago. It is a maximum security prison for adult males; however, minimum security housing also exists on the confines. )