Criminal Justice | Learning Resources | Section 6.3

Criminal Justice: An Overview of the System by Adam J. McKee

Section 6.3: Prisoner’s Rights

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Learning Objectives
6.3(a) Describe the consequences of major Supreme Court decisions about prisoner’s rights on corrections administration.
6.3(b) Explain the legal concept of a “state created liberty interest” in the context of prisoner’s rights.
6.3(c) Describe the various First Amendment rights of prisoners that the Court has protected, and which ones they have limited.
6.3(d) List and describe the rights that prisoners have during prison disciplinary hearings.
6.3(e) Describe how the Court has applied the Eighth Amendment to conditions inside prisons.

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Key Terms

  • Estelle v. Gamble (1976)
  • Hudson v. Palmer (1984)
  • Johnson v. Avery (1969)
  • Political Right
  • Right to Access to the Courts
  • Right to Assemble
  • Right to be Free from Cruel and Unusual Punishment
  • Right to Free Speech
  • Right to the Free Exercise of Religion
  • Right to Vote
  • Shakedown
  • Wolff v. McDonnell (1974)

Download a Printable Vocabulary Study Guide [PDF]: Intro_Section_6.3

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Last Updated:  04/20/2021

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