Prisoner Litigation

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Prisoner litigation is often viewed as an attempt by prisoners to seek release, as an "abuse of the courts," or as frivolous activity by prisoners who have little else to do with their time. The author challenges each of these views and argues that prisoners tend to challenge the conditions of their confinement rather than the fact of their confinement. The book examines the history of U.S. law, focusing especially on the concepts of individual rights, judicial review, and the interrelationship of federal to ...

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Overview

Prisoner litigation is often viewed as an attempt by prisoners to seek release, as an "abuse of the courts," or as frivolous activity by prisoners who have little else to do with their time. The author challenges each of these views and argues that prisoners tend to challenge the conditions of their confinement rather than the fact of their confinement. The book examines the history of U.S. law, focusing especially on the concepts of individual rights, judicial review, and the interrelationship of federal to state judiciary and criminal justice system. It traces the emergence of prisoner litigation since the 1960s and its use as a means of social change.

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Thomas relies on numerous interviews both with prison officials and with prisoners to make his case, and he does it well....The documentation makes this work quite useful. The bibliography is extensive, and a case index as well as a regular index is included. This is a useful book for all college libraries, and it is essential to colleges offering extensive sociology, criminal justice, or philosophy programs. It would also be a valuable addition to public libraries.
Criminal Justice Review
Thomas uses a wide variety of tools to present his material....His book should draw an interesting audience of experienced practitioners, academicians, and students....This book will certainly provide an additional dimension to the literature of prisoners' rights.
Contemporary Sociology
...a brilliant investigation...Thomas' book not only is an excellent descriptive and interpretive analysis but it will surely provide the basis of further research on JHLs and jailhouse lawyering. It presently stands as the definitive statement on the subject.
CHOICE
Thomas relies on numerous interviews both with prison officials and with prisoners to make his case, and he does it well....The documentation makes this work quite useful. The bibliography is extensive, and a case index as well as a regular index is included. This is a useful book for all college libraries, and it is essential to colleges offering extensive sociology, criminal justice, or philosophy programs. It would also be a valuable addition to public libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847674770
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 6/28/1988
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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