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Case Brief: Bell v. Wolfish, 441 US 520 (1979)

Bell v. Wolfish

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2. Issues
3. Decisions
4. Reasoning
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Case Brief
Bell v. Wolfish, 441 US 520 (1979)

FACTS: Respondent inmates brought this class action in Federal District Court challenging the constitutionality of numerous conditions of confinement and practices in the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC), a federally operated short-term custodial facility in New York City designed primarily to house pretrial detainees.

The District Court, on various constitutional grounds, enjoined, inter alia, the practice of housing, primarily for sleeping purposes, two inmates in individual rooms originally intended for single occupancy ("double-bunking"); enforcement of the so-called "publisher-only" rule prohibiting inmates from receiving hard-cover books that are not mailed directly from publishers, book clubs, or bookstores; the prohibition against inmates' receipt of packages of food and personal items from outside the institution; the practice of body-cavity searches of inmates following contact visits with person from outside institution; and the requirement that pretrial detainees remain outside their rooms during routine inspections by MCC officials.

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Case Brief: Bell v. Wolfish, 441 US 520 (1979) is clearly summarized. References are also listed to promote research.