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TDC Correspondence Rules Challenged (1971)

In 1971, Texas prisoner Guadalupe Guajardo filed a class-action lawsuit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 challenging the constitutionality of the correspondence rules and practices that were currently in effect in the Texas Department of Corrections (TDC). When the district court found many of the TDC rules unconstitutional, and ordered injunctive relief, the 5th Circuit reversed that decision on appeal stating that the TDC rules and regulations could be enjoined only by a three-Judge court.

On remand, Guajardo and TDC negotiated a settlement agreement that was initially approved in 1976, although it was determined that TDC must do more to meet constitutional requirements. On September 20, 1978, the 5th Circuit issued its findings in regard to the various issues brought before the court on appeal. In the end, the district court’s ruling were affirmed in part and reversed in part. See: Guajardo, et al., v. Estelle, et al., 5th Cir. #77-2226, 580 F. 2d 748.

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Guajardo, et al., v. Estelle