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Correctional Law for the Correctional Officer, Second Edition

NCJ Number
W C Collins
Date Published
160 pages
This book presents information on recent court cases, including 1996 Supreme Court decisions, that involve and affect corrections.
The book explains legal liabilities and constitutional rights associated with searches and seizures (Fourth Amendment), use of force, punishment (Eighth Amendment), AIDS, suicide, access to the courts, religion, mail and visiting and other First Amendment matters. It contains a short history of the courts and corrections and changing levels of court involvement with the operation of correctional institutions. It discusses litigation filed by inmates, almost all of which falls into one of three categories: civil rights, habeas corpus or tort actions. Separate chapters provide information on balancing inmate rights and institutional interests; due process and equal protection (Fourteenth Amendment); the correctional employee and litigation; officers' rights; and the Americans With Disabilities Act. The book was written for line officers and students, and each chapter contains review questions and answers. Notes