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Kareem Hassan Milhouse v. B.A. Bledsoe

November 14, 2011

KAREEM HASSAN MILHOUSE,
PLAINTIFF
v.
B.A. BLEDSOE, ET AL., DEFENDANTS



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Judge Rambo

MEMORANDUM

Before the court is a motion filed by Plaintiff Kareem Hassan Milhouse, an inmate incarcerated at the United States Penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania ("USP-Lewisburg"), seeking a preliminary injunction, claiming that he has been denied writing paper, envelopes, and stamps. (Doc. 107.) He also claims that his access to the law library has been limited. (Id.) Plaintiff seeks an order requiring Defendants to immediately provide him with these items and further access to the law library. For the reasons set forth below, the motion will be denied.

I. Background

In his motion, Plaintiff alleges that since June 2011, as a result of a policy put in place by a Counselor Edinger, staff on USP-Lewisburg's D-Block, Plaintiff's housing unit, have been providing him with limited quantities of writing paper, envelopes, and stamps.*fn1 (Doc. 107 at 1-2.) He also alleges that Counselor Edinger "rarely" makes rounds. (Id. at 2.) As a result, Plaintiff seeks one tablet of writing paper per week, ten legal and regular envelopes per week, five stamps per month, five hours of law library time per week, and separation from Counselor Edinger while this action is pending. (Id. at 2-3.)

In response to the instant motion, Defendants provide the following background with respect to the above-stated items and access to the law library. USP-Lewisburg provides inmates with law library access through an "Electronic Law Library" ("ELL"). (Doc. 110 at 3.) The ELL system has been installed and is being used by both general population inmates and those housed in segregated housing units. (Id.) All the segregated units are equipped with ELL access. (Id.) Inmates are instructed to submit a request for access to the ELL to the block officer. (Id.) Through such requests inmates gain access to the ELL in two hour blocks of time. (Id.) In the event that an inmate needs material that is not on the ELL system, or needs copies of legal documents or forms, he may contact the Education Department, which is responsible for handling those requests. (Id.)

A review of Plaintiff's most recent law library access reveals that he used the D-Block ELL on the following dates: July 6, 2011, June 19, 2011, May 31, 2011, and April 20, 2011. (Id. at 3.) Further, Plaintiff was provided as follows with legal information and copies:

July 6, 2011: legal copies (27 pages)

June 1, 2011: information request fulfilled May 25, 2011: 2 addresses and legal copies (9 pages) May 4, 2011: 4 information requests fulfilled April 27, 2011: legal copies (5 pages)

Feb. 23, 2011: legal copies (79 pages)

Feb. 16, 2011: legal copies (35 pages)

Feb. 9, 2011: legal copies (24 pages)

Feb. 2, 2011: legal copies (19 pages)

Jan. 19, 2011: one form provided (Id. at 4.)

Defendants also provide a record of the issuance of stamps to Plaintiff. Counselor Edinger is responsible for issuing stamps to indigent inmates at the housing unit to which he is assigned, in this case D-Block. (Id.) A logbook contains a record of the date and number of stamps issued to inmates ...


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