Prisoners' Rights: Request to Produce Documents, Part I

Prisoners' Rights: Request to Produce Documents, Part I
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Last updated: September 2004

Sponsors: Illinois Institute for Community Law
Illinois Legal Aid Online
Date: Monday, September 13, 2004
Speakers: James P. Chapman, Illinois Institute for Community Law

In prison cases, because of their felony convictions, the plaintiff-prisoner, as well as prisoner witnesses, lack credibility in the eyes of the jury or judge. It is imperative, as a consequence, to establish the plaintiff's case, as much as possible, from prison documents. This principle takes at least two approaches: documents that are produced and those not produced. The latter are just as important. Under prison regulations, correctional officers must generate certain types of reports when unusual incidents occur or when they enter a prison tier and so on. If those documents are not produced (they were not generated), the credibility of the officers will be affected.

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File Name Type Size
Sample IDOC Final Summary Report GIF 164.7KB
Sample IDOC Administrative Directive - Shakedowns of Inmate Living Areas GIF 121.7KB
Sample Illinois Administrative Code Title 20 - Part 504 GIF 86.7KB
Sample IDOC Memo - Department Rule Part 504 - Discipline and Grievances GIF 173.4KB
Sample Inmate Injury Report GIF 150.9KB
Sample Committed Person's Grievance Report GIF 277.1KB
Sample IDOC Memo - Incident Inquiry GIF 167.1KB
Sample IDOC Incident Report GIF 186.0KB
Sample IDOC Medical Progress Notes GIF 133.8KB

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