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Beard v. Banks

Docket No.: 04-1739
Certiorari Granted: Nov 14 2005
Argued: March 27, 2006
Decided: June 28, 2006

Topics:

Amendment 1: Speech, Press, and Assembly, First Amendment, Miscellaneous

PartyNames: BEARD, SECRETARY, PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS v. BANKS, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated
Petitioner: Jeffrey A. Beard, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
Respondent: Ronald Banks, Individually and On Behalf of All Others Similarly Situated

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Jeffrey A. Beard, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
v.
Ronald Banks, Individually and On Behalf of All Others Similarly Situated
548 U.S. 521 (2006)
Question Presented:

Does a prison policy that denies newspapers, magazines, and photographs to the most difficult inmates in the prison system in an effort to promote security and good behavior violate the First Amendment under the standards of Turner and Overton?

Question:

Does a prison policy that denies newspapers, magazines, and photographs to the worst-behaved prisoners violate the First Amendment?

Holding: judgment reversed and remanded
Decision: Decision: 6 votes for Beard, 2 vote(s) against
Recused: Alito
Opinion By:
Read BEARD V. BANKS opinion (PDF)

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