Hutto v. Finney
Background, The Violations Continue, Some Justices Back Petitioner, Supreme Court Upholds Decision, Holt V. Sarver
Terrell Don Hutto, et al.
Robert Finney, et al.
That confining prisoners to isolation cells for more than 30 days is not a violation of the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments and that the Department of Corrections is exempt from paying the attorney fees of the defendant under the Eleventh Amendment.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioners
Garner L. Taylor, Jr.
Chief Lawyer for Respondents
Philip E. Kaplan
Justices for the Court
Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, John Paul Stevens (writing for the Court), Potter Stewart
Warren E. Burger, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist, Byron R. White
Date of Decision
23 June 1978
Found that conditions in the Arkansas penal system violated the Eight and Fourteenth Amendments and therefore constituted cruel and unusual punishment.
The ruling distinguished between acceptable and unacceptable punitive measures in prison and was one of the first successful prisoner lawsuits against a correctional system. The Court determined that isolation for a duration less than 30 days may be constitutional. However, solitary confinement coupled with the prison's living conditions did constitute cruel and unusual punishment, because it jeopardized the health and safety of the inmates.
- Weems v. United States, 217 U.S. 349 (1910).
- Holt v. Sarver, (1970).
- Estelle v. Gamble, 429 U.S. 97 (1976).
Jackson, Bruce. Killing Time: Life in the Arkansas Penitentiary. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1977.
- Biskupic, Joan and Elder Witt. Congressional Quarterly's Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court, 3rd ed. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly, Inc., 1996.
- Call, Jack E. "The Supreme Court and Prisoners' Rights." Federal Probation, March 1995, p. 36.
- Jackson, Bruce. Killing Time. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1977.
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