Constitutional Rights of Prisoners

Constitutional Rights of Prisoners, 9th Edition

Constitutional Rights of Prisoners, 9th Edition,John Palmer,ISBN9781593455033





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Key Features

  • Part II contains briefs of judicial decisions related to the topics covered in the the text, in order to help the reader learn rule of law as well as the reasoning of the court that guides future court rulings.
  • Appendices include Amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America, related court rulings, and a table of cases.


Constitutional Rights of Prisoners, Ninth Edition, discusses the rules and regulations covering various aspects of prison administration. It updates the case reviews from April 30, 2009, for lower court decisions, and June 30, 2009, for United States Supreme Court decisions. New material includes a section on the Americans with Disabilities Act and material on the administrative law process that is applicable to correctional systems. The book is organized into two parts. Part I begins with an overview of the American judicial system and administrative law. This is followed by discussions of the laws that relate to the use of force against prisoners; prisoners’ rights; isolated confinement; religious freedom; legal services; prisoner disciplinary proceedings; and parole and probation. The book also covers judicial remedies that seek to vindicate past violations and to prevent future deprivations of prisoners’ rights; the Prison Litigation Reform Act; and other federal statutes affecting the status of prisoners. Part II provides judicial decisions relating to Part I.


Students and professionals in the criminal justice field. Correctional libraries.

John Palmer

Affiliations and Expertise

Of Counsel, Yavitch and Palmer Columbus, Ohio

Constitutional Rights of Prisoners, 9th Edition

1. An Overview of the Judicial System

2. Administrative Law

3. Use of Force; Use of Corporal Punishment to Enforce Prison Discipline

4. Prisoners’ Rights to Visitation/Association; Searches

5. Prisoners’ Rights to Use of the Mail, Internet and Telephone

6. Isolated Confinement - "The Hole" and Administrative Segregation

7. Religion in Prison

8. Legal Services

9. Prisoner Disciplinary Proceedings

10. Right to Rehabilitation Programs, Right to Medical Aid,and Right to Life

11. Additional Litigation

12. Parole and Probation

13. Litigation against Government and Individuals

14. The Prison Litigation Reform Act

15. Selected Federal Statutes Affecting Prisoners

Part II: Judicial Decisions Relating to Part I

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