Lee v. Washington
The Facts Of The Case, The Supreme Court Rules, Concurring Opinion, Prisoner Lawsuits, Further Readings
Frank Lee, et al.
Caliph Washington, et al.
That an Alabama law segregating blacks from whites in prisons and jails was constitutionally permissible.
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
Nicholas S. Hare, Special Assistant Attorney General of Alabama
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
Charles Morgan, Jr.
Justices for the Court
Hugo Lafayette Black, William J. Brennan, Jr., William O. Douglas, Abe Fortas, John Marshall Harlan II, Thurgood Marshall, Potter Stewart, Earl Warren, Byron R. White
Date of Decision
11 March 1968
The Alabama law segregating blacks from whites in jails and prisons was held to be unconstitutional under the Fourteenth Amendment.
The Supreme Court's decision in Lee v. Washington reaffirmed the Court's determination to end segregation, not only in schools but in other public institutions. It also confirmed the right of prisoners to file class action lawsuits against the state.
The Supreme Court's decision in Lee v. Washington emboldened other prisoners to file class action suits without fear of having them thrown out of court for lack of standing. It also brought desegregation litigation out of the schools and into the new arena of prisons and jails.
- Turner v. Safley, 482 U.S. 78 (1971).
- Cruz v. Beto, 405 U.S. 319 (1972).
- Goosby v. Osser, 409 U.S. 512 (1973).
- Jones v. North Carolina Prisoners' Union, 433 U.S. 119 (1977).
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Vandenbraak, Susan B. "PLRA: A Step in the Right Direction." Corrections Today, August 1998.
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