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Christopher E. Smith

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Chapter 10: Legal Assistance for Prisoners

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Legal Assistance for Prisoners
Legal assistance for prisoners

People held in corrections institutions, whether convicted offenders in prisons or pretrial detainees in jail, have a right of access to the courts. This right is necessary so that they can communicate with courts in order to challenge the basis for their confinement, appeal their convictions, or seek protections for their constitutional rights. Although there is broad agreement about the existence of a constitutional right of access to the courts, there are many disagreements about what legal resources, if any, should be provided to prisoners so that they can make use of this right of access. Jailed pretrial detainees, who are criminal suspects charged with crimes and awaiting trial, are represented by attorneys under the right to counsel ...

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