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Law and Contemporary Corrections

ISBN-10: 0534566286

ISBN-13: 9780534566289

Edition: 2000

Authors: Christopher E. Smith

List price: $160.95
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The first true text on the subject of corrections law and prisoner's rights, this book is an accessible yet comprehensive introduction to the subject. Rather than relying exclusively on cases to illuminate the content, Smith discusses and briefly excerpts case material to aid students not intimately familiar with legal language. Extensive pedagogy further aids in comprehension. Bringing both a legal and academic background to bear, Smith both writes for the needs of the student and the illumination and clarification of legal issues.
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Book details

List price: $160.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 4/23/1999
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 8.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

Preface
Law and Corrections
Law and the Context of Corrections
The Need for Legal Rules
The Growing Importance of Corrections Law
The Forms of Law
Constitutions
Statutes
Case Law
Judicial Opinions
Briefing a Case
Regulations
Legal Actions and the Courts
Trial Courts
Appellate Courts
Prisoners and the Law
Prisoners' Rights
The Role of Courts
Prisoners' Rights in American History
Summary
Key Terms
Additional Readings
Notes
Prisoners' Legal Cases
Types of Prisoner Cases
Appeals
Habeas Corpus
Civil Rights Lawsuits
Other Federal Civil Rights Statutes
Alternatives to Litigation
The Problems of Litigation
Grievances Outside of Court
Summary
Key Terms
Additional Readings
Notes
Decision Making in Prisoners' Cases
The Decision-Making Process
Prisoner Litigation in the Federal Courts
A Picture of Habeas Corpus Cases
A Picture of Prisoners' Section 1983 Civil Rights Lawsuits
Corrections Law in Action
Summary
Key Terms
Additional Readings
Notes
Access to the Courts and Communication Rights
Access to the Courts
Access to Legal Communications
Access to Legal Resources
Mail and Telephones
Nonlegal Correspondence
Telephone Contacts
Contact with Visitors
Visitors and Rights
Contact with News Media
Summary
Key Terms
Additional Readings
Notes
Prisoners' Personal Rights
Freedom of Religion
Free Exercise Issues
Developments After O'Lone v. Estate of Shabazz
Association Rights
Prisoners' Unions
Marriage and Family
Searches
Searches of Cells
Searches of Persons
Summary
Key Terms
Additional Readings
Notes
Discipline and Due Process
Discipline and Rules in Prison
Disciplinary Proceedings
State-Created Liberty Interests
Constitution-Based Due Process Rights
The Rise and Fall of State-Created Liberty Interests
Summary
Key Terms
Additional Readings
Notes
The Use of Force
The Constitution and Officials' Use of Force
The Fourth Amendment and the Use of Force
The Use of Force in Corrections
Corporal Punishment
The Abolition of Corporal Punishment in Prisons
Corporal Punishment in Other Contexts
Acceptable Use of Force
Justifications for the Use of Force
Liability for Improper Use of Force
The Use of Force in Contemporary Corrections
Summary
Key Terms
Additional Readings
Notes
Conditions of Confinement: Prison Reform Litigation
Prison Conditions and Constitutional Conflicts
Prison Conditions Cases in the Federal Courts
Remedies for Unconstitutional Prison Conditions
The Results of Prison Reform Litigation
Summary
Key Terms
Additional Readings
Notes
Conditions of Confinement: Legal Doctrines
The U.S. Supreme Court and Conditions of Confinement
Prison Medical Care and the Eighth Amendment
Prison Conditions
A Defense of Judicial Action in Prison Reform Cases
Recent Developments
Summary
Key Terms
Additional Readings
Notes
Probation, Parole, and Release
Probation and Parole
Rights of Probationers and Parolees
Revocation of Probation and Parole
Release from Correctional Supervision
Entitlement to Freedom
Civil Disabilities
Summary
Key Terms
Additional Readings
Notes
Jails
The Context of Jails
Rights of Jail Inmates
The Constitution and Jail Conditions
Other Rights
Protecting Jail Inmates Against Harm
Summary
Key Terms
Additional Readings
Notes
The Law and Corrections Personnel
Corrections Officers as Employees
Employment Discrimination
Other Employment Issues
Corrections Officers and Liability
Who Can Be Sued?
The Basis for Lawsuits and Liability
Summary
Key Terms
Additional Readings
Notes
Conclusion: Law's Impact on Corrections
Notes
Appendices
The Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
Forms for Filing Prisoners' Civil Rights Lawsuits
Forms for Filing Habeas Corpus Petitions
Glossary
Index