Plaintiffs’ attorney, Allen H. Wellons, filed the complaint accusing DOC officials of 6th, 8th and 14th Amendment violations in regard to overcrowding, interference with prisoner's mail, unwarranted isolation of prisoners, and denial of due process at a number of DOC facilities across the state. Upon examination of each cause of action, the Circuit determined all but one of the allegations made by prisoners were "sufficiently factual to state a cognizable claim." The exception involved the denial of procedural due process in administrative hearings, which the court deemed "so general and so broad that they state conclusions of law as opposed to a factual statement showing entitlement to relief. It was further judged, however, that this was not sufficient cause to justify dismissing the entire complaint, but instead, Plaintiffs should have been granted leave to amend. Therefore, the case was remanded for further proceedings.
See: Bolding, et al. v. Holshouser, et al., 4th Circuit., Case No. 76-2151, 575 F. 2d 461; 1978 U.S. App. LEXIS 11480.
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|Cite||4th Circuit., Case No. 76-2151, 575 F. 2d 461; 1978 U.S. App. LEXIS 11480|
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