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NCJ Number: 185020 Find in a Library
Title: Jailhouse Lawyers and Inmate Rights (From Corrections in the United States: A Contemporary Perspective, Third Edition, P 278-358, 2001, Dean J. Champion -- See NCJ-185013)
Author(s): Dean J. Champion
Date Published: 2001
Page Count: 81
Sponsoring Agency: Prentice Hall (Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc)
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Sale Source: Prentice Hall (Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc)
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Type: Issue Overview
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter on "jailhouse lawyers" and inmate rights profiles "jailhouse lawyers" and discusses the constitutional basis for inmate rights, the nature of civil remedies for inmates, prisoner rights and selected litigation issues, the death penalty, and inmate grievance procedures.
Abstract: "Jailhouse lawyers" are inmates who have acquired some degree of legal expertise and assist both themselves and other inmates in filing petitions and suits against their institutions. Jailhouse lawyers have had and will continue to have a significant impact on the reform of jails and prisons. A discussion of the constitutional basis for inmate rights considers inmates' rights under the First, Fourth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Also discussed are the mandate for prison and jail law libraries and other forms of legal assistance, as well as conflicts between State and Federal statutes regarding inmate rights. A section on civil remedies for inmates focuses on avenues for civil remedies and the Prison Litigation Reform Act of 1995, a Federal law designed to decrease the number of State and Federal filings of inmate lawsuits in Federal courts, in part by preventing multiple suit filings by the same inmates when the suits were determined to be frivolous. A section on inmate rights and selected litigation issues features discussions of racism, due process, and equal protection, as well as the right to rehabilitation, misclassification problems and program eligibility, cell searches and seizures of contraband, cruel and unusual punishment, overcrowding and the right to privacy, and negligence and deliberate indifference. A discussion of issues and rights associated with the death penalty and the death row experience is followed by an overview of inmate grievance procedures. 2 figures, 9 tables, key terms, review questions, and 9 suggested readings
Main Term(s): Corrections policies
Index Term(s): Capital punishment; Death row inmates; Grievance procedures; Inmate grievances; Inmate lawsuits; Jailhouse lawyers; Prisoner's rights
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