If you are a jail or prison litigator have you ever wished for a digest of all the major and most of the minor cases dealing with the subject you're litigating? I know I have. Hours spent poring over the West's digests where prison cases reside in any one of five or six major topic categories will only reinforce this desire. To answer this need there is the "Detention and Corrections Caselaw Catalog" (DCCC), a 1,500 page listing of more than 3,500 court decisions, edited by Rod Miller and Donald Walter.
Within the fifty chapters the DCCC lists all cases in chronological order and even notes the prison or jail the case arose from. Each case is described in a concise summary ranging from 10 to 300 or so words. The margin of each case describes the major holding of each decision which makes it quick and easy to use.
Divided into two volumes, the fifty major topic chapters give the researcher a good starting point. The general topic index allows the researcher to quickly zero in on a given topic by indicating where in the book it may be found. Starting with abortion and ending with x-ray, the general index is quick and easy to use. The DCCC also provides an alphabetical table of cases listing.
The DCCC covers most aspects of jail and prison litigation: court access, attorney fees, visiting, immunity, good time, female prisoners, mail, medical care, etc., and it reports state and federal cases. Readers should note that the DCCC does not cover civil procedure issues such as filing fees, discovery, etc., nor does it instruct readers how to actually conduct litigation. It is solely a reference and research book on the substantive law relating to jail and prison litigation. As such it is an extremely good and invaluable resource for the library of the serious jail or prison litigator, whether defending or prosecuting such cases the book is great. I highly recommend it.
The annual edition is available for $120 unbound, while the library edition, which comes with two binders and tabs, costs $150. The "Corrections Caselaw Quarterly" acts as a supplement to the annual edition, summarizing the cases that have appeared in the previous three months. Four issues of the quarterly cost $60 a year. The publisher asked that I mention that they are a non profit group and cannot afford to give away any copies of the book and that requests for freebies won't be acknowledged. To order contact: CRS Inc., P.O. Box 1180, Washington Grove, MD 20880. (301) 977-9090.
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