It is hard to believe they could get worse, but they have. I hope the ACLU, or some good attorney, will sue the HELL out of them!
I was there when they started the SHU “law library”. What a joke! It had even fewer resources than the “main law library”. Also, it is critical to be able to go to the law library, to see related cases, do more research based on what you initially learn, etc. The process suggested here will delay things by weeks or months, if the law library even responds to requests. They ignored many, many of mine! Of course, my complaints here largely are moot, because the law library is virtually useless, but in the one case in thousands where it might help, these are valid points.
I recently received a letter from an inmate friend of mine, telling me of the new”rules” at JTVCC regarding the “law library”. They CLEARLY are unconstitutional!
Memo sent to all inmates:
“If you need legal materials, information or any legal questions please write to the Main Law Library if you live on the compound or in the infirmary. If you live in the SHU or MHU please write to the SHU or MHU law library depending on where you are housed. Law library informational request forms can be used or any paper that is available to write on. E-filing, notary and legal photocopies are also requested via the institutional mail. All E-filings are to be e-filed via the institutional law libraries, DO NOT MAIL THE DISTRICT COURT FILINGS, THEY MUST BE SENT TO THE LAW LIBRARIES TO BE E-FILED. “ALL FILINGS” Also on E-filings no photocopies will be done unless the court orders it.
WE NO LONGER HAVE LIVE, APPOINTMENTS IN THE MAIN LAW LIBRARY AND NO IDEA WHEN OR IF WE WILL BE RETURNING TO LIVE APPOINTMENTS.
Micheal S. Little, Legal Services Administrator , May 17, 2017″
This is appalling, unconstitutional for several reasons, and another blatant abuse of prisoners’ rights. I am contacting attorneys who might sue about this. 🙂 kra